Always wanted to try basket weaving? Now is the time to learn about this age-old heritage craftsmanship! During these new weekend courses you will learn the fundamentals of basketry and weaving with willow. Throughout the courses you will be thoroughly introduced to two main basketry methods: frame baskets and stake & strand baskets.
Who is this course for?
This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and no previous experience is required. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities. You do need dexterity in your hands to work with the willow and tools. Students may bring their own Carer or support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.
What will you learn on this course?
This course is for those who are looking for an enjoyable and unusual new hobby which produces attractive and useful results from natural materials. Throughout the workshop you will guided through the fundamentals of basket weaving with willow or cane, you will be taught traditional methods to make beautiful accessories for the modern home as well as ideal storage solutions. These methods include the stake & strand basket and the frame basket.
You will be guided through a number of tutor-led demos and set tasks which will introduce particular tips and techniques in order for you to create your own basket, which you will then be able to bring home.
On this course you will learn:
- How to choose and prepare materials for weaving
- How to use the appropriate tools for basketry
- Several types of weave, wale and border techniques
- How to create a stake and strand basket (22 & 23 June)
- How to create a frame basket (30 & 31 March)
In addition, there will be opportunity to discuss ideas and intentions with the group and you will receive support in developing your own independent artistic style. The tutor will develop a guided programme of study with the group providing demonstrations and one-to-one support as required. You are encouraged to develop your own ideas, use of a personal sketchbook is encouraged to enable the development of ideas, and of the student’s own working style.
On completion of this course you will have your own basket to take home along with the fundamental skills needed to create baskets from natural materials.
Do you need to bring anything?
You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.
Are there any additional costs?
There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials.
Who teaches this course?