Willow Workshop at Blacksmiths Cottage - 2 day Oval Handbag Baskets - 15 & 16/5/2019

SalixArts Willow Workshop
Oval Handbag Basket Workshop
Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May 2019, 10am - 5pm, £170
A two day basket course making these unusual oval willow handbags, which have now become my 'signature basket'
debs double french rand handbag These handbag baskets are a design I developed during the second year of my City and Guilds part 2 course. They have proved very popular and I have made many since. Now, with this much requested workshop, you have the opportunity to make your own.

Although this basket could be attempted by a beginner, I would recommend that to get the most from the workshop, you had already made at least a couple of baskets using the stake and strand method. This in-depth 2 day workshop allows plenty of time to really absorb techniques effectively without rushing.debs handbag baskets for cos

The majority of the techniques used are those of traditional stake and strand basketry, to include: oval continental base, pairing, packing, waling, and rod or trac border. Side weaves may vary and could include (depending on choice and level of ability):  french rand (with single rods or pairs), english rand, zigzag weave. Further decoration may be added using split willow and bark.

I do have some willow / wood handles, and can also supply copper handles. If you wish to use something a little more unusual, such as driftwood, contorted hazel, chunky vine or ivy then please bring your own material for a handle. Something with a pronounced curve tends to work best.bas19update29

Simple, yummy vegetarian lunches and refreshments are included in the price of £170, but materials are charged for at the end of the workshop depending on how much you actually use - to give you some idea, the willow cost for a medium handbag would be about £5- £6. If you would like to use copper strips and copper handle that would be an additional £5

For more information or booking please contact Debbie on 07736952730, or

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