Introduction to Willow Weaving

Introduction to Willow Weaving

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A One Day Course



This course is a practical introduction to basic willow weaving skills and techniques. You will become familiar with using willow and make a couple of functional items to take home. During the day you will also learn about willow growing, harvesting and preparation.



Course Programme:
Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm


What To Expect:


1. Introduction to Willowweaving and initial demonstration

An introduction to the willow being used and its preparation. A simple randing weave technique will be demonstrated.

2. Have a go

Complete a small boat shaped basket useful for serving bread, fruit, or other nibbles. Further techniques and safe use of tools will be demonstrated as needed.

3. Demonstration of further techniques and Have a go again!

In the afternoon you will be introduced step by step to further weaving techniques,(waling, pairing, finishing a border and making a handle). You will make a hanging basket that can be used as a birdfeeder or to store garlic in the kitchen.

4. Willow Growing

There will be an opportunity to discuss willow growing.


A fun, practical day learning willow weaving skills.

You will be able to take home the birdfeeder and boat basket that you make, plus a handout on the types of willow available, where to buy it and how to prepare it.

Willow weaving requires some strength and dexterity in the hands and course participants should be aware that sharp tools will be used and some activities will require reasonable physical input.  Stout footwear must be worn (no open-toed shoes please)

Refreshments will be provided, including a buffet lunch.

Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.

What To Bring:
It is helpful if you can bring your own secateurs and a sharp knife suitable for wood if you have one. Tools to share will be provided.

If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.

Please arrive at 15 mins before the start of the course for a prompt start


Course Tutor:
Julie Gurr





Julie is a basketmaker/basketry artist with over 20 years experience of making and over 15 years experience of teaching.  She was originally taught traditional basketry by professional makers in England, Scotland, and Ireland. She now uses traditional techniques to make functional and contemporary baskets and other forms. She mainly uses willow but also works with softer materials. You can see her work at



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Introduction to Willow weaving - Sat 22nd Aug 2021

An Introduction to Willoweaving - a willow weaving training course


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