On this one day course we will be making a small version of this Irish domestic potato serving basket, with a portcullis centre.
Traditionally these baskets would have been 18-22” across and finished with a rod border. However 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.
This 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 six participants per event and must be booked in advance.
Workshop Fee: £55 per person
NB. There is an additional £7.50 per person for materials, to be paid in cash on the day.
NB. COVID-19: This workshop will take place 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
- If the weather allows we will be working in our outdoor classroom area
- If this workshop takes place indoors everybody will be required to wear a mask (unless exempt)
- Please come prepared to work in a cool well ventilated space with plenty of warm clothing
- Please also bring all of your own drinks, food, flask and cups etc.
- There will be access to toilets and hand washing plus plenty of hand sanitiser available
You may also be interested in our other courses and events at Denmark Farm, including, Drop Spindle Spinning, Potato Hopper Basket, Roundwood Timber Framing, Summer Tree Identification, Mandala Painting, Outdoor First Aid, Little Top Hat Basket, Square Storage Basket, ecology, conservation and countryside crafts. See our events page for the full list.
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.