Workshops

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Below is the list of willow weaving courses that we can teach. Courses can be designed for Team Building and Fun Days as well as for creative projects. We can travel anywhere to run a course and are available for bookings from museums, art galleries and countryside centres. We can also teach one day courses at Schools and Colleges.

 

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Christmas Workshops at Yew Tree Barn and Beetham Nurseries. please see their web pages to book. 

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Living Willow Sculptures & Garden Creations

 

course1Living willow has rapidly become a popular garden art form for children?s  play areas & for  creating  shade & wildlife habitat in gardens. Learn basketry techniques and have a go at making a variety of living structures such as domes, tunnels, arbors and other living garden features. You will be able to make a small living structure to take home and will work in groups to create larger scale structures. Learn how to prepare and grow willow.

Garden Sculptures

course2Enjoy an inspiring day of willow design. Learn how to make garden structures and willow edgings. Using simple techniques learn how to weave and prepare willow rods to create unique garden features. Fill your garden with your own garden plant supports and useful structures.

Figurative Woven Forms

course3Learn to create sculptural forms for the garden or indoor display. Blending traditional basketry skills learn to weave and design contemporary figures or animals.  Because of its flexibility willow is a wonderful medium and contemporary art form. You will also learn how to create a willow framework and master the random weave.

Willow Animal Creations

course4Learn how to make birds and animals, such as pheasants and pigs from soaked willow rods. You will learn how to prepare dried “withies” or willosticks and how to create frameworks for weaving into a willow creature.
Willow sculptures can be used as either indoor or garden installations. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners or experience willow weavers. You will learn how to build up a basic framework and cover it with weave using some basic willow weaving techniques. enthusiasm and imagination are all that you need to bring with you. We will be using a few simple tools such as secateurs and bodkins provided on the day. The techniques that you will learn can be applied to other materials and can be scaled up for large site-specific installations

Traditional Willow baskets

course5Willow or ‘wicker’ baskets are made from the shoots of the willow tree.  Learn how to prepare ‘withies’ for weaving & complete a traditional  basket using a variety of  basketry  weaves.

Celtic Frame Baskets

course6Traditionally made from green willow for fruit pickers and farm workers. These rustic baskets are constructed using hoops, ribs and willow weavers. The course teaches students how to chose and prepare weaving material and everyone goes home with a completed basket.

Hedgerow Baskets

course8Using colorful stems and materials gathered from winter hedgerows and gardens, weave beautiful baskets. This course teaches students how to weave a round stake-and-strand? basket starting with a woven base and finishing off with a trac border.

Willow Wreaths, Balls and Stars

This is a festive willow weaving workshop which is very popular with flower arrangers.
Using dogwood, willow and freshly gathered holly, larch sprays and other natural  materials.  Make decorative wreaths, balls, and stars.

Workshops for Children

course9Childrens willow weaving workshops are popular with schools and community groups. Most workshops are suitable for children from age 7 upwards. Various children’s workshops include, hearts, fish, simple  baskets, lanterns and other willow shapes.
We can arrange a wide variety of willow workshops by demand, as long as we have a minimum of 10-12 people, the person that organizes the course goes free!  Often people host a course in their gardens, local schools or hire a village hall.   Please book early to avoid disappointment.

LATEST WORKSHOP INFORMATION – Christmas Workshops at Yew Tree Barn and Beetham Nurseries

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