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Courses and Events

Willow courses

As well as my own courses at my workshop in Froghall Wharf or at Foxt Village Hall, I teach at The Gardeners Bothy, Staunton Harold, Greenwood Days and Zantium Arts. Courses are marked as suitable for beginners or intermediates, materials, drinks and biscuits are included. Booking is essential as places are limited to 8 to ensure sufficient tuition time. Vouchers can be used on the courses that are starred.

Please bear in mind that basketmaking is very hard on the hands. If you suffer from hand, wrist, finger or shoulder problems it may not be the course for you.

 

More new courses for 2024 will be added through the year.  To book onto courses, see the details below (read carefully as some are not suitable for beginners) then please head to my shop, select the right course and book on and pay. If its not on the shop yet, just ping me an email wheatcroftwillow@googlemail.com

Voucher holders please email me and I will book you on.

Progressive teaching programme

If you want to take your basketmaking further then more structured learning can be arranged with me in my workshop. We can cover materials preparation and selection and well as the techniques to make whatever baskets style you wish, working progressively towards set goals and building on your skills.

One to one tuition £200 per day in my workshop plus materials

up to 3 people in the workshop. £100 per person plus materials

Contact me to book or see below

Willow basket courses 2024.

All courses are at Foxt Village Hall, ST10 2HN or in my workshop at Froghall Wharf unless otherwise stated

 

Beginners willow basket . Friday 1st March – 9.30 – 5 ish. £90

 This one day course will guide you through the process of making a round shallow tray style basket or a taller fruit basket to hold and carry bread, fruit etc.

You will learn how to make a round base, choose stakes and stake up, then learn different weaves to make the main body of the basket and then weave a border at the top to hold it all together. You will be using home grown, colourful willows from my willow bed and some Somerset willow. Suitable for beginners and intermediates.

https://www.wheatcroftwillow.co.uk/product-page/beginners-basketry-course-friday-1st-march

 

Beginners willow basket - Saturday 2nd March. 9.30-5 ish  £90

This one day course will guide you through the process of making a round shallow tray style basket or a taller fruit basket to hold and carry bread, fruit etc.

You will learn how to make a round base, choose stakes and stake up, then learn different weaves to make the main body of the basket and then weave a border at the top to hold it all together. You will be using home grown, colourful willows from my willow bed and some Somerset willow. Suitable for beginners and intermediates.

https://www.wheatcroftwillow.co.uk/product-page/beginners-basketry-course-saturdau-2nd-march

 

Progressive makers in my workshop. Frame baskets. Friday 12th and Saturday 13th April – 9.30-5 ish £200

Using pre-made hoops you can make a round or oval frame basket. We will learn how to split and dress ribs using a knife and attach them to a hoop to create a curved, shallow and very strong frame basket, useful for carrying garden or home items. For basketmakers with a little experience or for very!

https://www.wheatcroftwillow.co.uk/product-page/course-make-a-willow-frame-basket-friday-12th-and-saturday-13th-april

 Progressive makers in my workshop . Oval shopping basket – Friday 10th May AND Saturday 11th May – 9.30-5 ish. £200

This two day course will guide you through the process of making an oval shopping basket with a wrapped rod handle. We will make a French base or underfoot base, using pairing and reverse pairing, then staking up and weaving the sides in various weaves. More advanced makers can choose more challenging weaves and shapes. We will then add a handle and wrap the handle with slim willow. Suitable for progressive makers with some experience of making round stake and strand baskets.

https://www.wheatcroftwillow.co.uk/product-page/course-oval-shopping-basket-for-intermediates-friday-10th-may-and-saturday-11t

 Oval shaped backpack – Friday 26th July and Saturday 27th July 9.30 – 5 ish. £200

This two day course will guide you through making an oval shaped willow backpack for carrying around your foraging finds or for picnics. We will make a base and stake up, using different weaves and colours to add texture to the sides of the basket. Price includes canvas straps. English leather straps can be added at an additional cost. Suitable for any level.

https://www.wheatcroftwillow.co.uk/product-page/course-oval-backpack-friday-26th-july-and-saturday-27th-july-9-30-5-ish

 

Berry basket course – Saturday 17th August. 9.30 -5. £90

 Make a sweet little berry basket with a plain handle to collect all your foraging spoils, nuts, berries or for holding spoons or eggs in the kitchen. A useful little basket you will keep picking up and using. We will make round bases, add stakes and using a weave called waling, work up the sides, weave a simple border then add a plain handle and peg in place. Suitable for beginners and intermediates.

ttps://www.wheatcroftwillow.co.uk/product-page/course-berry-basket-sat-august-17th

 

 

Coming soon

Log basket course

D shaped creel course

Square garden basket.

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