Willow Basket Weaving – Exploring Round Work

Date(s) - 22 Feb 2019 until 23 Feb 2019
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Two day traditional willow basket weaving workshop in which we will explore different possibilities for round basket making.

Potential projects could be:-

willow basket weavingwillow basket weavingTop Hat Basket: An all time favourite! Make this small comfortable round shopper with concave sides and a rod border, ideal for a quick trip into town! Alternatively a larger straight or curved sided shopper can be made.

Waste Paper Basket: An essential and often overlooked household item. Incorporating different patterns in the side weaves and finished with a plaited border. There is no reason why your bin can’t be a work of art!

Harvesting Basket: A shallow, curved sided basket with rope handles or finger holes. Using rings of natural coloured willow to add texture and interest. A beautiful and practical basket for flinging your onions, broad beans and peas into whilst out in the vegetable garden or harvesting apples in the autumn.

You will make your chosen willow basket (Top Hat, Waste Paper or Harvester) during this two day workshop. You will learn traditional ‘stake and strand’ basket making, using prepared basketry willow plus some grown at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre on the wetland system to add colour and texture. 

This workshop is most suitable for those who have previously done some willow weaving. Beginners are also welcome but should plan to make a smaller basket and concentrate less on shape and fancier weaves.  If you’d like to attend our Beginner’s Willow Basket Weaving workshop this will be running on the day before on Thursday 21st February 2019.
All tools and materials provided. If you have your own sharp secateurs and a knife, please bring them along.  Please wear warm old clothing.

Tutor: Jane Welsh

Jane is an experienced basket maker and attentive teacher. Her knowledge and love of willow is inspiring. She will also have a range of her own baskets for sale at very reasonable prices.

“I had forgotten pretty much everything about basket weaving and I took part in this workshop to remind myself so that I can continue at home. I now can continue! The teaching was very good, Jane was observant, informative and careful to ensure reasonably high quality results. Denmark Farm is a top venue with great facilities”. Blue Morgan 2015

“Thank you so much for arranging the basket making course. Jane is an amazing and thoughtful teacher. She gives everyone her undivided attention and responds to what they want to do and their level. It is relaxing just to be with her and I learn so much. A big thank you! It was like a mini-holiday.” Jane Johns 2016

Fee: £90 (includes tuition, all materials and hot drinks throughout the day)


Private rooms in our Self catering Eco Lodge and  shared dormitories are available at Denmark Farm

You may also be interested in other creative  workshops at Denmark Farm including; Willow Weaving ~ Rope Coil Basket and Willow Weaving ~ Garden Trug.  Please see our events calendar for our full list.



Willow Basket Weaving ~ Exploring Round Work


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