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Willow Workshop at Blacksmiths Cottage - 2 day Oval Handbag Baskets - 3 & 4/7/2019

SalixArts Willow Workshop

Oval Handbag Basket Workshop
Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th July 2019, 10am - 5pm, £170
This workshop is now fully booked but I am planning another in August or September so please do get in touch if you are interested

A two day basket course making these unusual oval willow handbags, which have now become my 'signature basket'

These handbag baskets are a design I developed during the second yebas19update08ar 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.

These baskets can be attempted by beginners, but 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. Complete beginners may prefer to make a slightly different style of contemporary basket, with a round or square base. With our small class sizes different levels of experience can easily be catered for. And got your own ideas of something you'd like to make? This class would be a good one in which to explore and develop your own ideas.The in-depth 2 day workshop allows plenty of time to really absorb techniques effectively without rushing.bas19update17

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.bas19update45

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.

 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 £7- £8. If you would like to use copper strips and copper handle that would be an additional £7.

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