Here is another chance for a one-day introduction to the art of willow weaving, this time on a cold and frosty February Sunday. The course is perfect for those thinking that winter will never end and who are longing to get back into the garden. You will start by making an attractive fruit bowl, followed by willow lanterns for your garden or this time, woven hearts for St Valentine’s Day! You will learn to use the tools of the basket maker and the art of soaking and preparing willow and will have the opportunity to incorporate winter foliage into your piece, such as hazel, birch and dogwood. We will discuss how to identify and collect these hedgerow material, and then assess their suitability for weaving alongside willow. This will allow you to add a variety of colours and textures to your work.
Jane Wilkinson is a willow artisan who specialises in the design and creation of traditional and contemporary willow baskets, bespoke willow structures for gardens and specialist crafts for the bushcraft enthusiast. Her beautiful work can be seen on her website www.specialbranchbaskets.com
Cost £40 plus materials charge.