Date(s) - 10 Oct 2022
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
On this one day course we will be making a small version of this Irish domestic potato serving basket (skib), with a portcullis centre.
Traditionally an irish potato skib would have been 18-22” across and finished with a rod border. However we will be making a smaller version about 13″ across. More experienced weavers can choose to put a plaited border on if they wish.
You can choose from a variety of naturally coloured willow to make your own unique and beautiful basket.
You will be learning 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.
The irish potato skib workshop is suitable for complete beginners and those who have previously done some willow basket weaving.
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 our guest tutor from Devon, usually visiting West Wales to teach at Denmark Farm twice a year. Jane is a very skilled 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
“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
Places are limited to seven participants per event and must be booked in advance.
Workshop Fee: £55 per person
NB. There is an additional £10 per person for materials, to be paid in cash on the day.
NB. COVID-19: This workshop will take place according to COVID safety regulations at the time of running.
- Do not attend if you should be self-isolating for any reason.
- Come prepared to work in a well ventilated room or outside undercover (with plenty of warm clothes).
- Please bring a packed lunch and cup.
- A selection of teas and coffee will be provided.
You may also be interested in other creative workshops at Denmark Farm including Construct a Pole Lathe, Bushcraft, Willow Weaving ~ Backpack Basket, Repair & Rewear, Roundwood Timber Framing, ecology, conservation and countryside crafts. See our events page for the full list.
Mae’r holl enillion o’n digwyddiadau a gwyliau’n cael eu hailfuddsoddi’n uniongyrchol i reoli ein gwarchodfa natur 40 erw. Diolch i chi am eich cefnogaeth a chofiwch ddod i ymweld â ni’n fuan.
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.
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