WeavingClass

Willow Workshops March – September 2015

All theses workshops are taking place in the National Woollen Museum Drefach Felindre

IMG_0002Irish Donkey Creel   Fri 6th, 13th 20th  March  (3 sessions) 1-4pm 

Learn how to make a creel, a traditional country basket. Creels were carried by donkeys or people in Ireland and Wales where they would be used to transport peat, seaweed or goods to market. Some of the ancient weaves are also used in the making of traditional lobster pots.

These are very strong baskets and today, creels are a useful container for logs and some people use them as bike baskets.3 Sessions  £45 per person (plus small material cost).  Booking essential  07964530436 or email jules87@btinternet.com for a booking form

Garden Willow Craft      Sat 25th April 10-4pm       Cost £35

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 domed plant supports. Experimentation and play encouraged! Accessible to all ages and abilities. To book a place call Jules  mob 07964530436 or email jules87@btinternet.com

Make an Irish Potato Skib   Sun 26th April 10-4pm  Cost £35

This is a traditional basket, once widely used all over Ireland to strain and serve potatoes. You will make a small skib from local barked willow grown in the museum grounds. The basket is very useful in the kitchen for storing and serving food. To book a place call Jules  mob 07964530436 or email jules87@btinternet.com.

Make a Traditional Willow Basket Sat 27th June and Sun 28th June Cost £35 per day 10-4pm

Make a country style basket for every day use, using local and somerset willow. as a beginner you will be able to complete a small round basket in a day. A larger shopper or small log basket in two days. Book one or two days according to your project ideas.  To book a place call Jules  mob 07964530436 or email jules87@btinternet.com.

Make an Apple Picker Sat 12th Sept 10-1pm  Cost £15

This is a 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, make another or repair it. It is a simple construction using a jig.  To book a place call Jules  mob 07964530436 or email jules87@btinternet.com.

Make a Willow Tension Tray Sat 12th Sept 1.45-4.45pm Cost £15

This is a great project for those who delight in using natural colours of the willow. Here we are using simple techniques to make a practical tray with handles. Suitable for all abilities.  To book a place call Jules  mob 07964530436 or email jules87@btinternet.com.

Make a Traditional Willow Basket Sun 13th Sept 10-4pm

The day is an introduction to the basic weaves and techniques of a flat based basket . in a day the average person can make a small round fruit basket. To book a place call Jules  mob 07964530436 or email jules87@btinternet.com.

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