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Willow Weaving ~ Foraging Backpack (COVID Safe Event) – 1 place left!

Willow Weaving ~ Foraging Backpack (COVID Safe Event) - 1 place left!

The Willow Backpack is currently the most in vogue basket in town (and out of town too!). This practical basket can be used for foraging, shopping or even carrying your picnic on a walk.

Because there are more complex techniques involved than some other baskets, this willow backpack workshop is more suitable if you have some experience of willow weaving (or attended any of our other willow workshops).

During the two day workshop you will learn how to weave the D-shaped base, add upright stakes, weave the sides with 3-rod wale and French rand weaves and put on a border.

Take home your own unique and beautiful willow backpack basket.

All tools and equipment will be provided.  

Workshop Tutor: 

Justine Burgess of West Wales Willows. Justine originally trained as an engineer, and worked in the charity and education sectors, before becoming a partner in West Wales Willows with her husband, Alan.  On their smallholding in Carmarthenshire, they grow around 250 varieties of willow and sell it as cuttings and rods during the winter for others to grow, as well as selling their own willow products and sharing her expertise through workshops. 

Places are limited to six participants per event and must be booked in advance.

NB. This workshop will take place indoors with social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures in place. There will be a smaller number of participants than usual, to allow for at least 2m between all participants. Everybody will be required to wear a mask, unless exempt. We will also have windows open for good ventilation. Please come prepared to work in a cool room with plenty of warm clothing. Please also bring all of your own drinks, food and cups etc. There will be access to toilets and hand washing plus plenty of hand sanitiser available. 

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Workshop Fee: £100 per person

NB. There is an additional £15 per person for materials (willow), to be paid in cash on the day.

**This workshop does not include the straps.  You can source your own or purchase leather straps from the tutor on the day – £20 for a set of two straps.**

willow backpackYou may also be interested in other creative craft workshops at Denmark Farm including; Willow Weaving Festive Fun, Needle-felting – Red Squirrel or fox, Needle-felting – Robin or Penguin, Beltane Mandala Retreat. Please see our events calendar for our full list. 

If you’d like to make a weekend of it and stay at Denmark Farm, please enquire about availability in our self-contained Eco Lodge, or Shared Dormitory.
All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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