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Create your own woven willow foraging basket by learning the ancient skills of basket weaving.

This workshop is for anyone wanting to try their hand at the ancient craft of basket making.

The course has been designed to be:

  • Perfectly suitable for beginners
  • An introduction to working with willow
  • Followed at your own pace
  • Finished with a beautiful basket to take away and used for years

You will take away the knowledge you need to get started on your own. You will understand the materials you need and how to source them, be aware of the tools required, and will have learned the skills needed to make one of the earliest styles of basket. In addition to having a new understanding of the craft and respect for the craftsmen and women of the past, you will have a beautifully organic basket to be used and enjoyed for many years to come.

This will be a relaxed workshop. There will be plenty of demonstration and you will be able to work at your own pace with help on hand at every stage.

This is a practical course involving movement around the workshop and working willow with your hands. It is a good idea to wear old clothes and practical shoes. You will be handling damp willow and, whilst every attempt will be made to keep the venue safe, the floor may become wet and slippery.

Tutor: Juliet Shelton

I have always enjoyed dabbling in different crafts but, having tried basketmaking several years ago, quickly became hooked. It is a hobby which complements my fascination in tradition and social history, two interests which happily collided when I discovered historic re-enacting. I now demonstrate this lovely ancient, and ageless, craft at events across East Anglia, appearing as a basketmaker from Mediaeval times through to WWII. My rustic baskets are made from English willow and provide a tangible connection with the natural world and the rural traditions of our ancestors. My workshops developed in response to a demand from like-minded people who were interested in traditional ways and who just wanted to have a go, stepping back from the busy pace of modern life and using natural materials to create something truly unique.

Please note, the fee is for tuition, lunch and refreshments only.

If you would like to book accommodation and an evening meal at FSC Flatford Mill, please email [email protected].

What's Included

What to Bring:

All materials and tools will be provided but you may wish to provide the following for your personal use:

  • Sharp bypass secateurs

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