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Willow Workshop at Blacksmiths Cottage - 2 day Stake and Strand Basket Workshop - 8&9/1/2020

SalixArts Willow Workshop

2 Day Stake and Strand Basket Workshop
Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th January 2020, 10am - 5pm, £170

A two day basket course making baskets using locally grown organic willow

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This workshop is suitable for all - the shape of the basket you make will be determined by your level of experience. Beginners will make round baskets and those with a few baskets under their belts can choose round or oval. Numbers are limited to just 4 participants so that you receive lots of individual attention, and this in-depth 2 day workshop allows plenty of time to really absorb techniques effectively without rushing - the best way to learn!

Beginners can expect to complete a medium - large shopper with handle or a small log basket in the two days.More advanced students may get to  make 2, or at least start a second. The majority of the techniques used are those of traditibas19update58onal stake and strand basketry. Handles can be traditional wrapped willow or wood. I can provide the former, but 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.

This year I have a particularly good colour selection, having sourced my willow from a lovely new bed in Waterbeach.

2 day basket workshop june 2013 1Simple, 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 round or oval basket would be about £7- £8, £10 - £12 for a small log basket.

Bed and breakfast at the cottage is now available. Please enquire if you're interested.

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

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