BASKET WEAVING WITH WILLOW
1 Day Introductory Workshop
This workshop will be an introduction to working with willow in a relaxed and sociable setting. You will learn how to handle willow, prepare it for weaving and learn about the most useful tools to work with. You will be instructed in three of the most essential weaving techniques 'pairing', 'randing' and the 'three rod wale', which you will get a chance to practice. These will enable you to make a sturdy structure of your choice.
In this workshop you will learn to weave a basket and learn to finish it with a strong border.
Weaving is immensely satisfying and engaging and a great way to reconnect with nature, whilst also being creative. When you feel confident in your newly acquired skills, you would be able to create hand made gifts or work with young children to help them express themselves creatively through willow.
£75 for one day, which includes all the materials. Numbers will be limited to 4. 1-1 sessions would be charged at £75 for a 3 hour session or £110 for the day.
The history of willow weaving in Britain goes back to about 150 BC. Willow was extensively used for basket making, fencing, as building material for houses and as river side or harbour revetments. It is one of the most flexible green woods when coppiced regularly.
The introduction of plastics in the early part of the 20th century, was responsible for a demise in the use of willow. However in recent years, there has been a revival of interest in rural crafts and a new appreciation of craftsmanship and an aesthetic appreciation for woven materials in the home and garden.
Willow is fast growing, there are hundreds of different varieties for different uses; they come in a diverse range of colours and thickness and are effective as flood defences alongside riverbanks. Willow is now considered a renewable energy source and the demand for the material has been increasing. Willow has also become a popular material with artists who create large scale sculptures, installations and living willow structures.