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Ardington School of CraftsDoorway
Basket Weaving Weekend
Course Dates: Saturday 30th September 2017 to Sunday 1st October 2017
Category: Wood & Willow
Price: £160

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Our Basket Weaving Weekend has become an annual autumn event. Two whole days to immerse yourself in willow basket weaving, under the guidance of a professional basket maker and experienced tutor. Using different colours and varieties of willow you will weave a round-based basket of your choice – or even two. Choose from a log basket, shopping, fruit or pet basket, umbrella stand, welsh tea things basket or Irish sciob. You will learn about how willow is grown, harvested and prepared and also pick up some lovely old basket making jargon. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Further Detail

On this two-day course you can expect to make one large basket with one or two handles (a log basket perhaps) or two smaller round-based baskets. After weaving a strong round base you will go on to create the basket of your choice; a basket for fruit, vegetables, a pet, logs, shopping or even a more unusual Welsh tea things or a sciob – a traditional Irish basket for straining and serving potatoes. We will be working with different varieties and colours of willow and perhaps even some hedgerow material to make your baskets unique.

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • how willow is grown and harvested
  • how it is prepared for the basketmaker 
  • which tools you need to make a basket
  • simple weaving techniques


Beginner and intermediate                   


All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £25, payable to the tutor during the course.

The items you will need to bring with you are listed below.

We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

Please bring with you:

  • an apron

What students have said about this course/tutor:

"Norah was excellent; very knowledgable about the subject, friendly and helpful" - L Russell

"Inspirational. An excellent tutor" - J Pottle

"Wonderful day full of interesting things to make" - J Fox

"Thoroughly enjoyable and such a great tutor"

"Great fun - very pleased with what I had made." - H Gavin

"Excellent tutor and very encouraging" 

Tutor Profile

Norah Kennedy has been a basketmaker and taught willow workshops for 30 years. She is a member of the Basketmakers’ Association. Her baskets are made from stripped and unstripped willow, mostly grown on the Somerset Levels but with some unusual colours from Herefordshire and Powys. The appeal of working with willow, for Norah, lies in the combination of natural materials and traditional skills. She enjoys passing on her skills to others and watching her students create beautiful, useful objects.

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS: If you are vegetarian, please tell us when you book. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please see our terms and conditions for detailed information on the food provided.