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Willow Weaving – Exploring Square Work – 2 Places Left

Willow Weaving - Exploring Square Work - 2 Places Left


09/10/2023 - 10/10/2023    
10:00 am - 4:30 pm


Bookings closed

Event Type

A two day willow exploration into square work to weave a functional basket of your choice, whether it be for your tools, logs, square shopper or general storage.

willow square basketOn this course you will learn how to weave a square willow basket using the ‘WI’ method of construction. We will start by using a clamp to weave square bases. In the basket sides we will use waling, randing or slewing and finish with a rod border and a choice of handles.

You will have the option to choose between adding willow roped handles or finger holes onto the side.

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. Choose from a variety of naturally coloured willow to make your own unique and beautiful basket.

This willow square basket workshop is suitable for people who have previously done some willow basket weaving and practical beginners are also welcome.

All tools and materials provided. If you have your own sharp secateurs and a knife, please bring them along. Please wear warm old clothing.

laundry basketTutor: 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.

See Jane’s website here.

“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

willow square basket





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

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Workshop Fee: £120 per person

NB. There is an additional £20 per person for materials, to be paid in cash on the day.

You may also be interested in other creative workshops at Denmark Farm. See our events page for the full list.

For accommodation during this workshop in our self-catering Eco Lodge or shared Dormitory please do get in touch to check availability.

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.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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