Willow Workshops 2014

Sat 19th April 1-4pm Make a Hedgerow Tension TrayDSCF1828

This is a great project for those who delight in using natural colours and textures of the woods and hedgerows. Here we are using simple weaving techniques to make a practical tray with handles. Suitable for all ages and abilities Cost £15 (plus £3 material cost)

Fri May 23rd 10am-3pm  Make a Herb and Flower Drying DSCF1814

Using a variety of coloured willow to make a small round handled basket with a mesh base suitable for drying flowers and herbs from the garden or collecting eggs from your hens.

Cost £25 (Plus £5 material cost)

Sat June 21st 1-4pm Summer Willow craftbasketpics2 014

An introduction to working with willow, an amazing material that grows in abundance in Wales. Using basic weaves and patterns make a selection of small items including mini garden hurdles, willow flowers and snails or plant supports. Experimentation and play encouraged.
Accessible to all ages and abilities.  Cost £15 (plus £3 material cost)

 Thursdays in July 17th, 24th, 31st 1-4pm Make a DSCF1168

Traditional Willow Basket

Make a country style basket for everyday use, using local and Somerset Willow. There are 3 half day sessions. As a beginner you will be able to complete a small berry picker in 3 sessions. As an improver a larger shopper or small  log basket. Suitable for beginners, booking essential.

Cost £15 per session, book all 3 @£40.00 Plus material cost depending on project

Fri September 26th 10am -4pm Make a Wall BasketDSCF1816

This is an unusual shaped basket suitable for displaying flowers or practical storage especially in the kitchen. Using traditional basketry techniques, some experience is helpful but not essential.

Cost £30 (plus £5 material cost)


To book a place Call mob 07964530436 or email jules87@btinternet.com

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Festive Willow Workshop 6th December

 

Welsh Woollen Museum, Drefach Felindre

Make Winter Solstice and Celtic Christmas items including table decorations, hanging stars and chains.

Time: 1-4pm

Suitable for beginners. Cost £15

To book a place contact Jules Wagstaff on 07964 530436

or email jules87@btinternet.com

 

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West Wales Basketry Workshops 2013

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Hedgerow Frame Basketry Workshop     Sat May 25th 10am-4pm

 Venue: National Woollen Museum

Cost £28 (includes tuition, materials, hoop and ribs)

Please book by email or phone mob 07964530436

Facilitated by Jules Wagstaff 

Make a frame basket from locally collected hedgerow materials: honeysuckle, dog rose, bramble, and hazel and locally grown willow.A frame basket uses a hoop and ribs as a structure to weave through to create an age old collection vessel for fruit, eggs or veg. Wales and Ireland have their own traditional forms to learn from and be inspired by.

Willow Craft Workshop     Sat June 22nd 10am-4pm

 Venue: National Woollen Museumbasketpics2 014

Cost £28 (includes tuition, materials, hoop and ribs)

Please book by email or phone mob 07964530436

Facilitated by Jules Wagstaff 

 An introduction to working with willow, an amazing material that grows in abundance in Wales. Using basic weaves and patterns make a selection of small items including mini garden hurdles, willow flowers and small frame baskets. Experimentation and play encouraged!

Weekend Willow Workshop July 6-7th 2013

If you are a beginner to basketry  this weekend skills workshop basketpicsfleen 001will teach you how to make at least one  round/oval basket and start or plan your next. Shopping basket, log or laundry basket etc. Your choice.

Venue:  Castle Green, Pentrecagal, NewcastleEmlyn; SA38 9HY Cost: £80 (includes materials)

There is an Option to camp at Castle Green Fri, Sat, Sun night please ask.  A whole range of learning materials including films will be available to you in the evenings.

Please book by email or phone mob 07964530436

Create a Willow Domed Plant Support      Sat 20th July, 1pm – 4pm

Venue: National Woollen MuseumDomed willow support

These arches create visual beauty in the garden and provide support for plants. Based on a 17th Century design, they are constructed using a jig. Suitable for all abilities. £15 per person. Booking essential

 

Create a Willow Hanging Basket                   Thurs 1 August, 1pm – 4pm

Venue: National Woollen Museum

Create a simple hanging basket for an outdoor display using a combination of barked and coloured willow. Suitable for all abilities. £15 per person.

Make a Willow Fruit Picker                            Sat 28 September, 1-4pm

  Venue: National Woollen Museum Apple picker

Create a small basket used to used to pick hard-to-reach apples at the top of a tree, constructed using a jig. Suitable for all abilities. £15 per person. Booking essential:

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Workshop Details

Workshop Details

Baskets are the oldest invention, allowing us to gather and collect produce. They are traditionally made from local materials at hand to the maker. The ultimate biodegradable and sustainable container which can last for decades with care and repair.

Here are the workshops which are offered  please get in contact for further details

Wall Basket

Very useful storage basket, especially in the kitchen if space is limited. Or for displaying flowers. It is constructed like a simple round basket whose bulbous shape is created by a packing weave.

Fruit Picker

Small basket made on the end of a Hazel stick used to pick hard to reach apples/top fruit. Saves you climbing the tree. I have seen a plastic covered metal version of this but wanted a fully biodegradable one I could make myself. If it breaks repair it or make another. Simple construction using a jig

Willow Craft

An introduction to working with willow, an amazing material that grows in abundance in Wales. Using basic weaves and patterns make a selection of small items including mini garden hurdles, willow flowers or small frame baskets. Experimentation and play encouraged!

Frame Basketry

A frame basket uses a hoop and ribs as a structure to weave through to create an age old collection vessel for fruit, eggs or vegetables. It is easy to create beautiful shapes and textures from local woods and hedgerows

Domed Plant Support

My name for this plant support is ‘cathedral windows’,  the arches of willow create a visual beauty in the garden as well as a practical support for plants in pots or in the ground especially when flower heads droop over. It is based on a 17th Century design. Construction is done using a jig.

Willow Basketry

Traditional flat based basket with stakes and a border, an introduction to the basic weaves and techniques. In a day the average person can make a small round fruit basket. However if you wish to make a larger item (shopper, storage basket with handles) book in for 2 days). There is a lot to learn for the beginner, be kind on yourself and try and make more than one class.

Finnish bilberry Basket

Basketry has many forms inspired by local need and available materials. The Bilberry basket was traditionally made in Finland over 50 years ago to hold freshly picked berries. It is made upside down starting with a hoop and requires simple techniques, using only a knife. Suitable for beginners but some experience with willow and using a small knife is helpful.

Irish Potato Skib

This is a traditional Irish potato basket, once widely used all over Ireland to strain and serve potatoes.

Variations of the base differ according to where they were made. The main two are the grid and the Joyce country base. Traditionally made from semi-green barked willow.

The Skib is still a practical strong and beautiful basket which can be used for collecting and storing vegetables and fruit in the kitchen. It also works well as a tray for keeping mugs in or serving a selection of cheeses.

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