May 6



Course fee: £135.00 Tutor: Rachel Hutton

This one day course is the perfect introduction to basketry and you will go home with an elegant basket made from beautiful willow and incorporating interesting traditional/contemporary weaves.

Working from a log section bottom the difficult job of ‘upsetting’ (putting in the upright stakes evenly spaced) the basket is already done for you. You will spend the day learning weaves and finish off with a chunky border. Handle holes or hazel handle may be attached if you wish. An easy start to learning the traditional craft of basketry.

You will learn practical tips and techniques on:

  • selection of different types and lengths of willow
  • preparation of willow
  • growing willow
  • creating a variety of traditional weaves
  • using colour and pattern in weaving
  • bordering
  • use of basic basketry tools and techniques
  • PPE (personal protective equipment) selection and use
  • health and safety related to willow work

At Ecclesall Woods we pride ourselves on the high quality teaching from our tutors  and  our low class numbers (max 5 for most classes)  and  a number of our courses also have an assistant.

We have found that smaller class sizes are more productive, un-rushed  and  allow students to learn more.

You will need to wear suitable clothing and footwear for working outdoors in this season. Steel toe cap boots would be advantageous if you have them, but are not essential. Please note this course will require a good level of manual dexterity on your fingers.