Introduction to Willow Weaving Day


This course is a practical introduction to basic willow weaving skills and techniques. You will become familiar with using willow to make a couple of functional items to take home.

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    Available Dates

    Sun 6th October 2024


    One day 9.30am - 4.30pm

    Following an introduction to the material, tools and some basketry terms, we will spend the morning making a ‘Tension Tray’ or ‘Catalan Platter’. Short demonstrations will be followed by the opportunity to have a go yourself. Skills covered will include making hoops, selecting appropriate material, cutting with secateurs, randing and pairing weave, binding.

    What to Expect

    A fun, enjoyable, practical day learning willow weaving skills.

    You will be able to take home both woven items that you make.

    Willow weaving requires some strength and dexterity in the hands and course participants should be aware that sharp tools will be used and some activities will require reasonable physical input.

    What to Bring

    Please bring a packed lunch. Refreshments will be provided, including a homemade cake.
    Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.
    Bring yourself, confirmation of your booking, a notebook and any questions you may have.
    It is helpful if you can bring your own secateurs and a sharp knife suitable for wood if you have one. Tools to share will be provided.
    Please arrive 15 mins before the start of the course for a prompt start

    Cancellation Policy:

    To ensure all attendees get the best experience from their training we only run our courses in small groups.

    We therefore must operate with a strict cancellation policy:  Refunds (or booking transfers) are not given for cancellations made within 2 weeks of the course.  If a cancellation is made with more than 2 weeks notice but within 6 weeks of the course date, then we will try to re-sell your tickets, if we are successful then a refund will be issued for the full amount less a £10 administration fee.  If a cancellation is made with more than 6 weeks notice, then a full refund will be issued.

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    Emma Purcell


    Emma makes baskets, sculptural forms and cordage, mostly from willow but also from Rush and salvaged materials. Based in East Sussex, Emma grows and harvests her own willow bed, as well as foraging materials from the landscape, everything Emma crafts is by hand.  Seeing the role of baskets in the twenty-first century as somewhat niche… Emma attempts to preserve their place as aesthetic and functional forms, harnessing beauty, nature and craftsmanship in an age of mass-produced, disposable plastic vessels.

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