Beginners Basketry – Oval Shopper

This willow shopping basket course is designed for absolute beginners and those with a little knowledge of basketry. A base for the shopping basket will be provided.

This is a good opportunity for those with some experience to refine their skills, experiment with weaves and learn some tricks with follow on borders. For beginners, it’s an ideal opportunity to learn all the basics required to weave a fantastic basket.

During the course, attendees will learn how to organise and prepare the materials needed to make a traditional shopping basket as well as the techniques and weaves needed to create an oval basket from base to handle. A recipe for the basket will be provided, but attendees are welcome to add their own personal touches to make a truly unique piece.

Our tutors are brilliant (and very patient) at explaining the basics. You will be weaving in no time!

At the end of the course there will be an opportunity to purchase willow, specialist tools and weaving books, so you can continue to master the trade at home.

Skill Level : Beginners

Tutor: Jane Welsh


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Our one day willow craft courses start at £80. (Please be aware that this course is £85.) The price includes all materials and equipment plus expert tuition. Lunch and refreshments are also provided. Attendees will leave with something beautiful, environmentally-friendly and above all, very personal.

As well as taking home your own willow shopping basket, there will also be an opportunity to see how willow is grown and processed on our Somerset farm. Visitors are welcome to walk through our withy fields and enjoy the amazing variety of wildlife that the Somerset Levels has to offer.

Our willow shopping basket course

On the Oval Shopper Course you will learn many of the techniques which are essential in making a wide variety of baskets. Once the basics are mastered you can progress on to bigger and more complicated projects including sculpture work!

Bases are provided, so attendees can focus on the staking, siding, top waling and bordering. If you would like to bring along your own pre-made base, please let us know. We can then advise on the correct dimensions.

At the end of the course there will be an opportunity to purchase willow, specialist tools and weaving books, so you can further master the art of weaving at home.




Additional information


09:30am – Please arrive at 9:00am to sign in and grab a drink, also great opportunity to meet everyone before the course begins.



Beginners - Oval Shopper 2020

25/04/2020 – 9:30am


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