Willow-weaving and Basketmaking Workshops

Ecological, Sustainable and Naturally Beautiful

About Me


About MeAbout Me
I can still remember the day when my curiosity about basketmaking began – a demonstrator at The Eden Project in Cornwall was showing visitors how to weave some blades of grass into the beginnings of a simple basket. How intriguing! . . . to be able to create something so useful out of something so commonplace . . . ?

When, a few weeks later, I saw an advertisement for willow basketmaking classes I simply had to enroll! From that moment I was hooked. The possibilities for creativity out of, essentially, a pile of sticks were endless and I just had to learn the techniques. I joined the Basketmakers' Association which opened my eyes to the incredible diversity within basketry, both traditional and contemporary, and to the many makers in this country and overseas. That was back in 2002 and since then I have deepened my knowledge through attending as many workshops and courses by as many different basketmakers as I could find or afford! The City Lit College in Covent Garden, West Dean College near Chichester and Westhope Craft College in Shropshire have all provided me with inspirational teachers and teaching. In 2016/17 I completed the City & Guilds course in Basketry at Westhope.

Gaining this qualification gave me the confidence to share my passion with others through teaching and I now run a range of workshops close to my home in Hampshire, as well as adult education classes in Winchester. I hope I can encourage you to join me on one of my workshops so that you too can experience the pleasures of this ancient and sustainable craft. Or if you have someone special in your life who would appreciate attending a workshop, I offer gift vouchers: just drop me a line.

I display and sell my baskets at a handful of garden and Christmas fairs around my home area in Hampshire, including the annual Hampshire Open Studios event. My upcoming events are listed under Events & Shows.

If you have any questions, or just want to chat about baskets, do get in touch via the Contacts page.

Louise



About My Workshops & Courses


I love sharing my craft with others which is why I so enjoy teaching basketmaking.  My classes are run at lovely village venues mostly to the east of Winchester in Hampshire. Class sizes are always small so that I can give plenty of one-to-one attention, but this means that some workshops fill up quickly.

I am always asked whether basketmaking is hard on the hands, and the answer is yes, to some extent!  Certainly some beginners can find that by the end of the day they really know they have been working their fingers but most people soon get into the swing of weaving and are so absorbed they forget about any initial discomfort!

One-off WORKSHOPS

I run a variety of one-day and two-day workshops, all suitable for beginners, where you can enjoy creating a particular basketry project from simple festive Christmas Decorations right up to weaving a Log Basket.  

£75 for one-day workshops / £135 for two-day workshops.

See the Workshops & Courses by Date tab for full details of all my current workshops and course, and to make a booking.

Ongoing COURSES

I have designed a Beginners' Basketmaking Course for those who want to learn all about basketmaking right from the first steps through to independently producing baskets on their own, going into much more detail than is possible on a one-day workshop.  Each module (and there are three) comprises four full-day sessions, held at monthly intervals, specifically so that students can devote time at home to practising and reinforcing their learning.  Each modules is progressive, so it is essential that students start with the first module (Beginners' Basketmaking 1) to ensure they have acquired all the necessary skills before moving on.  

£275 per module (4 days tuition)

I am running two Beginners' Basketmaking 1 modules, one from October to December 2021 which will be held on Saturdays, and the next in January to April 2022 which will be on Mondays.  

This first module introduces willow, how to source it and prepare it for weaving, learning about tools, basket construction, and learning and perfecting the correct techniques and hand positioning to create perfect bases, symmetrical shaping and tight weaving, with tips and tricks along the way.  At the end of this module participants will have constructed numerous items and be confident in making a round basket with a simple handle on their own.

Note, this module will be available again in September 2022 (on a Sunday) and January 2023 (on a different day of the week).

The second module will introduce different weaves and borders and will be offered to those who have completed the first module, on the same day of the week for continuity.

The third module will concentrate on handles and different ways to shape round baskets and will follow on from the second module, again on the same day of the week.

An Intermediate Course (yet to be published) will move onto making oval baskets . . .  that's as far as I've got at the moment! 


Gift Vouchers

If you want to offer the gift of a basketmaking workshop, I offer gift vouchers to the value of a one-day (£75) or a two-day workshop( (£135) or for private workshops for a group (see below).  Please contact me to arrange. 


Private Workshops  

If you cannot find the topic you would like, do let me know and I can either set one up in the future or run one specially for you.  One-to-one lessons can be arranged also.  Equally if you have a group of friends who like to socialise with a focus, a basketmaking day can be a lot of fun.  I run private workshops either at one of my venues or in your home (if you have the space!)   - just get in touch to discuss.


Talks & Demonstrations (coronavirus dependent!)

I am happy to give talks about basketmaking, where I bring along lots of examples of baskets, often including ones in various stages of construction and talk about how they are made.  If you represent a group who would be interested in this, please get in touch.




My Teaching Venues


My Teaching VenuesMy Teaching VenuesMy Teaching Venues
The Coffee Room, Ropley
Church Street, Ropley, Hampshire SO24 0DS
This little hall known as the Coffee Room is next door to my house with the village shop on the other side.    

Martyr Worthy Village Hall
Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1DY
This pretty hall with its own garden is in a quiet hamlet just outside Winchester.

Beauworth Village Hall
Westfield Drove, Beauworth, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0PA
Another lovely, rural location, with a delightful hall suitable for smaller groups.


I also teach at:-

WINCHESTER ADULT EDUCATION
Peter Symonds College Adult & Higher Education Division, Stoney Lane, Weeke, Winchester, SO22 6DR 
Workshops are booked directly with the college, not via me!
01962 889547, or email ahed@psc.ac.uk, website www.psc.ac.uk/ahed 
(Willow weaving workshops can be found in Creative Arts section under the Leisure tab).

  • Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September 2021: 2-day workshop: Small Log Basket (course code G13A)
  • Saturday 2 October 2021: First Steps in Basketry (make a kitchen herb pot and a bird feeder) (course code G13B)
  • Saturday 11 December 2021: Christmas Decorations (course code G13C)
  • Saturday 22 January 2022: Berry Basket (course code G13D)
  • Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 February 2022: 2-day workshop: Large Apple Basket (course code G13E)
  • Saturday 12 March 2022: Wigwam Plant Supports (course code G13F)

SALISBURY ARTS CENTRE
Bedwin Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3UT  (also known as Wiltshire Creative)
Please book direct at: ticketsales@wiltshirecreative.co.uk
  • Wednesday 1 December 2021 (evening)Christmas Trees 

Workshops & Courses by Date


  •  15/01/2022 10:00 AM - 15/01/2022 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

This course is the follow-on to Beginners' Basketmaking 1 and is specifically for those who have already completed that preliminary course. Beginners' Basketmaking 2: Borders & Weaves introduces rod borders, foot borders, and randing weaves. As with the preliminary course, the sessions are held once a month to allow time for students to practice what they have learned. NB: This course takes place on a Saturday. The same course is being run on a Monday, starting in October 2022. TO BOOK ON THIS COURSE YOU MUST HAVE COMPLETED THE BEGINNERS' BASKETMAKING 1 COURSE. If you wish to book on this course, please contact me to request a place (you cannot book online for this course).

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  •  16/01/2022 10:00 AM - 16/01/2022 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

This course is the follow-on to Beginners' Basketmaking 2 and is specifically for those who have already completed that and the previous course (Beginners' Basketmaking 1). Beginners' Basketmaking 3: Handles & Shaping concentrates on a range of handle types that can be put on shopping baskets, log baskets, trays etc. We also develop the skills of creating differently shaped baskets (all derived from round bases). As with the preliminary course, the sessions are held once a month to allow time for students to practice what they have learned. NB: This course takes place on a Sunday. The same course will be run on a Saturday starting in September 2022 and again on a Monday starting in January 2023 - dates yet to be set. TO BOOK ON THIS COURSE YOU MUST HAVE COMPLETED BOTH THE BEGINNERS' BASKETMAKING 1 & 2 COURSES. If you wish to book on this course, please contact me to request a place (you cannot book online for this course).

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  • £275.00
  •  24/01/2022 10:00 AM - 24/01/2022 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

This course deals with the skills of basketmaking in much more depth than a single one-day workshop and will appeal to those who want a thorough introduction to the basic elements of basketry on a progressive basis, with follow-on courses after completion. The sessions are held once a month to allow time for students to practice what they have learned. NB: This course takes place on a Monday. The same course is being run on a Saturday, October to December 2021; and will be on a Sunday in September 2022.

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  • £75.00
  •  25/01/2022 10:00 AM - 25/01/2022 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

If you are not sure whether weaving with willow or basketmaking is for you, this one-day workshop will introduce you to a variety of easy projects and techniques. You will make a simple wreath from a handful of rods of willow; then you will move on to creating a decorative fish using basic weaving techniques. In the afternoon you will make a very simple woven pot designed to hold a supermarket herb plant - a much prettier container for your windowsill than a plastic pot!

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  • £135.00
  •  29/01/2022 10:00 AM - 30/01/2022 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

This two-day workshop is suitable for complete beginners, but if you have had some previous experience of working with willow you may progress a little quicker and feel more confident. Over the weekend you will learn the traditional methods of creating a round basket with a crossover handle, made from beautiful Somerset-grown willow.

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  • £75.00
  •  01/03/2022 10:00 AM - 01/03/2022 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

A basket with many names, many uses! This little basket is a lovely easy one to make in a day. You will learn a host of basketmaking techniques so this is an ideal introduction before tackling a larger, more traditional basket next time!

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  • £75.00
  •  11/03/2022 10:00 AM - 11/03/2022 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

Make a wigwam (or two) for your garden to support climbing beans or flowering climbers. Adds height and interest to the border; a feature in itself! The finished height will depend on the willow available, but is likely to be approx 7 ft with a diameter of approx 2' . . . do make sure you have room in your car to transport them home!

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  • £75.00
  •  13/03/2022 10:00 AM - 13/03/2022 05:00 PM
  •   The Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, nr Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Make a wigwam (or two) for your garden to support climbing beans or flowering climbers. Adds height and interest to the border; a feature in itself! The finished height will depend on the willow available, but is likely to be approx 7 ft with a diameter of approx 2' . . . do make sure you have room in your car to transport them home!

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  • £75.00
  •  26/03/2022 10:00 AM - 26/03/2022 05:00 PM
  •   The Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, nr Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Two lovely projects to brighten up your garden or patio. The large sunflowers, on a solid stake, look lovely placed in plant pots on the patio and add a cheer even in winter. The 3D dragonflies have a flexible stake which allows them to bob about in the breeze; a lovely addition to a pond-side setting. Depending on your speed of working you will be able to make one or two of each of these during the day.

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  • £75.00
  •  29/03/2022 10:00 AM - 29/03/2022 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1DY

Two lovely projects to brighten up your garden or patio. The large sunflowers, on a solid stake, look lovely placed in plant pots on the patio and add a cheer even in winter. The 3D dragonflies have a flexible stake which allows them to bob about in the breeze; a lovely addition to a pond-side setting. Depending on your speed of working you will be able to make one or two of each of these during the day.

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  •  05/09/2022 10:00 AM - 05/09/2022 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

This course is the follow-on to Beginners' Basketmaking 1 and is specifically for those who have already completed this preliminary course. Beginners' Basketmaking 2: Borders & Weaves introduces rod borders, foot borders, and randing weaves. As with the preliminary course, the sessions are held once a month to allow time for students to practice what they have learned. NB: This course takes place on a Monday. The same course is being run on a Saturday, starting in January to April 2022. TO BOOK ON THIS COURSE YOU MUST HAVE COMPLETED THE BEGINNERS' BASKETMAKING 1 COURSE. Booking is not available online - please contact me to request a place.

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  •  10/09/2022 10:00 AM - 10/09/2022 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

This course is the follow-on to Beginners' Basketmaking 2 and is specifically for those who have already completed that and the previous course (Beginners' Basketmaking 1). Beginners' Basketmaking 3: Handles & Shaping concentrates on a range of handle types that can be put on shopping baskets, log baskets, trays etc. We also develop the skills of creating differently shaped baskets (all derived from round bases). As with the preliminary course, the sessions are held once a month to allow time for students to practice what they have learned. NB: This course takes place on a Saturday. The same course will be run on a Monday, starting in January 2023 - dates yet to be set. TO BOOK ON THIS COURSE YOU MUST HAVE COMPLETED BOTH THE BEGINNERS' BASKETMAKING 1 & 2 COURSES. If you wish to book on this course, please contact me to request a place (you cannot book online for this course).

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  • £75.00
  •  28/11/2021 10:00 AM - 28/11/2021 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

Another day of festive fun, making festive willow decorations for your home this Christmas, or as gifts to give away. You will make woven Christmas Trees of various sizes and shapes, all of which can be decorated with tiny baubles and little pearl lights at home; expect to complete one or two. Next, Reindeer, which look very festive with a ribbon around their necks and a red ‘Rudolf’ nose – once you have grasped the technique, you will be able to create a whole family of these!

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  • £75.00
  •  26/11/2021 10:00 AM - 26/11/2021 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

A day of festive fun, making (solely) stars. There are so many variations on Christmas Stars that I decided to devote a whole day to creating them. Follow my designs, or adapt to your own liking - you will make several to take home to decorate your home and those of friends and family too. What better Christmas present?!

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  • £75.00
  •  21/11/2021 10:00 AM - 21/11/2021 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

NEW DATE: This is a visually appealing basket which is not as difficult to make as it may look, and consequently can be achieved in a day. The handle is created from a 'found' piece of wood which you will be asked to source yourself in advance, and the basket will be designed around it, so the eventual shape of each participant's basket will be unique.

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  • £135.00
  •  13/11/2021 10:00 AM - 14/11/2021 05:00 PM
  •   The Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, nr Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

This two-day workshop is suitable for complete beginners, but if you have had some previous experience of working with willow you may progress a little quicker and feel more confident. Over the weekend you will learn the traditional methods of creating a round basket with a crossover handle, made from beautiful Somerset-grown willow.

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  • £75.00
  •  23/10/2021 10:00 AM - 23/10/2021 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

SEE ADDITIONAL DATE FOR THIS WORKSHOP - SUNDAY 21 NOVEMBER. This is a visually appealing basket which is not as difficult to make as it may look, and consequently can be achieved in a day. The handle is created from a 'found' piece of wood which you will be asked to source yourself in advance, and the basket will be designed around it, so the eventual shape of each participant's basket will be unique.

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  • £75.00
  •  11/10/2021 10:00 AM - 11/10/2021 05:00 PM
  •   The Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, nr Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

If you are not sure whether weaving with willow or basketmaking is for you, this one-day workshop will introduce you to a variety of easy projects and techniques. You will make a simple wreath from a handful of rods of willow; then you will move on to creating a decorative fish using basic weaving techniques. In the afternoon you will make a very simple woven pot designed to hold a supermarket herb plant - a much prettier container for your windowsill than a plastic pot!

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  • £275.00
  •  09/10/2021 10:00 AM - 09/10/2021 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

This course deals with the skills of basketmaking in much more depth than a single one-day workshop and will appeal to those who want a thorough introduction to the basic elements of basketry on a progressive basis, with follow-on courses after completion. The sessions are held once a month to allow time for students to practice what they have learned. NB: This course takes place on a Saturday. The same course is being run on a Monday, October to December 2022; and will be on a Sunday in September 2022.

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  • £75.00
  •  08/10/2021 10:00 AM - 08/10/2021 05:00 PM
  •   Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester SO21 1DY

If you are not sure whether weaving with willow or basketmaking is for you, this one-day workshop will introduce you to a variety of easy projects and techniques. You will make a simple wreath from a handful of rods of willow; then you will move on to creating a decorative fish using basic weaving techniques. In the afternoon you will make a very simple woven pot designed to hold a supermarket herb plant - a much prettier container for your windowsill than a plastic pot!

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  • £40.00
  •  01/07/2021 07:00 PM - 01/07/2021 10:00 PM
  •   Ropley, Alresford, UK

These dragonflies, which bob gently in the breeze, look lovely when placed near a pond or just in the border or a pot. Expect to make two or three during the evening. NOTE: I am also teaching Dragonflies at a full-day "Garden Decorations (Sunflowers & Dragonflies)" workshop at Peter Symonds Adult Eduction, Winchester, on Friday 21st May.

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  • £75.00
  •  01/07/2021 10:00 AM - 01/07/2021 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley, Alresford, UK

This sweet little basket incorporates many basketmaking techniques, but is sufficiently simple that it is easily achievable by a beginner in the day. Having said that, if you are apprehensive about your abilities or speed you might like to consider the Bread/Fruit Basket workshop on 10th June which involves slightly less weaving and no handle.

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  • £75.00
  •  10/06/2021 10:00 AM - 10/06/2021 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley, Alresford, UK

Sorry - this workshop is now full . . . . Make a round, shallow-sided basket suitable for serving bread rolls or displaying fruit. Made primarily out of stripped willow (bark removed), this is an ideal starter project for those who have not made a basket before as the material is particularly easy to work with. The basket is finished with a quick and simple border and, with no necessity for a handle, means it can easily be completed in the day.

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  • £75.00
  •  28/05/2021 10:00 AM - 28/05/2021 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley, Alresford, UK

Make a beautiful self-supporting planter ready for your sweet pea seedlings or other flowering climbers. The planter can be lined with either a plastic bag or plant pot, and filled with compost. Your sweet pea seedlings will self-cling to the tall side stakes of the basket, which are tied at the top to form a wigwam shape. If you have a specific pot in mind to go into this planter, bring it along so that you can make your planter the perfect size. THE DATE OF THIS WORKSHOP HAS HAD TO BE CHANGED TO CONFORM TO GOVERNMENT COVID GUIDELINES: IT IS NOW FRIDAY 28th MAY (previously 6th May). NOTE: I am running a similar, but slightly longer (1+1/2 day) Sweet Pea Planter workshop at Peter Symonds Adult Eduction, Winchester, on Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th April, where you will have time to make a slightly larger planter.

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  • £275.00
  •  27/05/2021 10:00 AM - 27/05/2021 05:00 PM
  •   The Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley SO24 0DS - or if numbers are small, at my private workshop next door

A course of four one-day sessions (Thursdays), held monthly from May to August (duplicate course available on Sundays). This course deals with the skills of basketmaking in much more depth than a single one-day workshop and will appeal to those who want a thorough introduction to the basic elements of basketry on a progressive basis, with follow-on courses after completion. The sessions are held once a month to allow time for students to practice what they have learned.

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  • £275.00
  •  23/05/2021 10:00 AM - 23/05/2021 05:00 PM
  •   The Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley SO24 0DS - or if numbers are small, at my private workshop next door

SORRY, THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL - THERE ARE PLACES ON THE DUPLICATE COURSE RUNNING ON THURSDAYS, OR CONTACT ME FOR OTHER OPTIONS. A course of four one-day sessions (Sundays), held monthly from May to August (duplicate course available on Thursdays). This course deals with the skills of basketmaking in much more depth than a single one-day workshop and will appeal to those who want a thorough introduction to the basic elements of basketry on a progressive basis, with follow-on courses after completion. The sessions are held once a month to allow time for students to practice what they have learned.

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  • £40.00
  •  20/05/2021 07:00 PM - 20/05/2021 10:00 PM
  •   Ropley, Alresford, UK

Make a pretty willow wigwam suitable to sit inside a plant pot to support smaller climbing plants. IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE OF THIS WORKSHOP IS SUBJECT TO LATEST GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES WHICH MAY CHANGE. If so, and indoor meetings are not permitted, then the workshop will be held OUTDOORS on the afternoon of Wednesday 19th May instead, 2-5pm. IF YOU BOOK ON THIS WORKSHOP please make sure you can attend either date - or get in touch with me to discuss.

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  • £75.00
  •  20/05/2021 10:00 AM - 20/05/2021 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley, Alresford, UK

Make a wigwam for your garden to support climbing beans or flowering climbers. Adds height and interest to the border; a feature in itself! The finished height will depend on the willow available, but should be a minimum of 7 ft with a diameter of approx 2 ft . . . do make sure you have room in your car to transport it home! IMPORTANT: If Government guidelines change there is the possibility that this workshop will have to be held OUTDOORS. Please bring suitable clothing!

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  • £25.00
  •  09/05/2021 10:30 AM - 09/05/2021 12:30 PM
  •   Ropley, Alresford, UK

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO GOVERNMENT COVID GUIDANCE, THIS WORKSHOP'S DATE HAS MOVED TO SUNDAY 9TH MAY (previously Sunday 28th March) AND WILL NOW BE HELD OUTDOORS. This 2-hour taster workshop provides a hands-on introduction to working with willow, as a precursor to my new "Beginners' Basketmaking" course of four one-day sessions starting later in May. However, anyone wanting to sample willow-weaving is welcome to join in, whether or not you intend to enrol on the Beginners' Basketmaking course. During the session you will make two or three small items to take home eg woven trees, mini stars, small flower. This workshop is repeated on Sunday 9th May.

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  • £25.00
  •  06/05/2021 10:30 AM - 06/05/2021 12:30 PM
  •   Ropley, Alresford, UK

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO GOVERNMENT COVID GUIDANCE, THIS WORKSHOP'S DATE HAS MOVED TO THURSDAY 6TH MAY (previously Thursday 25th March) AND WILL NOW BE HELD OUTDOORS. This 2-hour taster workshop provides a hands-on introduction to working with willow, as a precursor to my new "Beginners' Basketmaking" course of four one-day sessions starting later in May. However, anyone wanting to sample willow-weaving is welcome to join in, whether or not you intend to enrol on the Beginners' Basketmaking course. During the session you will make some two or three small items to take home eg woven trees, mini stars, small flower. This workshop is repeated on Sunday 9th May.

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  • £35.00
  •  10/12/2020 02:30 PM - 10/12/2020 05:30 PM
  •   Peter Symonds College - Adult & Higher Education, Stoney Lane, Weeke, Winchester SO22 6DR

Click on the BUY NOW button to take you to the Peter Symonds College website for more information, and to book your place. www.psc.ac.uk phone 01962 886166 email ahed@psc.ac.uk

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  • £35.00
  •  19/11/2020 02:30 PM - 19/11/2020 05:30 PM
  •   Peter Symonds College - Adult & Higher Education, Stoney Lane, Weeke, Winchester SO22 6DR

Click on the BUY NOW button to take you to the Peter Symonds College website for more information, and to book your place. www.psc.ac.uk phone 01962 886166 email ahed@psc.ac.uk

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  • £35.00
  •  22/10/2020 06:15 PM - 22/10/2020 09:15 PM
  •   Peter Symonds College - Adult & Higher Education, Stoney Lane, Weeke, Winchester SO22 6DR

Click on the BUY NOW button to take you to the Peter Symonds College website for more information, and to book your place. www.psc.ac.uk phone 01962 886166 email ahed@psc.ac.uk

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  • £35.00
  •  22/10/2020 02:30 PM - 22/10/2020 05:30 PM
  •   Peter Symonds College - Adult & Higher Education, Stoney Lane, Weeke, Winchester SO22 6DR

Click on the BUY NOW button to take you to the Peter Symonds College website for more information, and to book your place. www.psc.ac.uk phone 01962 886166 email ahed@psc.ac.uk

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  • £110.00
  •  13/06/2020 10:00 AM - 14/06/2020 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Make your favoured pooch the perfect bed to suit them! In this two-day workshop you will make an oval bed with a lowered front for ease of entry. Note: the size will be suitable for a cat or a small dog. Two-Day Workshop: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2020, 10am-5pm each day. Suitable for those with some previous experience (see Description below).

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  • £35.00
  •  12/06/2020 07:00 PM - 12/06/2020 10:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Weaving a sunflower not only provides you with a lovely decoration for your home or garden, but provides the basic techniques you might later use for weaving a basket. In this workshop you will make at least one flower, depending on your speed of working - perhaps some little daisies too! This is a perfect project for a complete beginner.

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  • £60.00
  •  12/06/2020 10:00 AM - 12/06/2020 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST OR TO ASK ABOUT ALTERNATIVE FUTURE DATES PLEASE CONTACT ME. Details: This is a sweet little basket that is made using traditional basketry techniques - but kept as simple as possible. The quick and easy border, and the single rod handle mean that a complete basket can be whipped up in a day, even by a beginner!

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  • £35.00
  •  11/06/2020 07:00 PM - 11/06/2020 10:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Make a simple container suitable for holding any of those pots of herbs you buy in the supermarket - so much nicer than a black plastic pot sitting on your kitchen windowsill! Woven from natural willow and using several traditional basketry techniques, this is a very easy project to complete in an evening workshop - ideal for complete beginners.

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  • £35.00
  •  11/06/2020 02:00 PM - 11/06/2020 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Weaving a sunflower not only provides you with a lovely decoration for your home or garden, but provides the basic techniques you might later use for weaving a basket. In this workshop you will make at least one flower, depending on your speed of working - perhaps some little daisies too! This is a perfect project for a complete beginner.

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  • £60.00
  •  23/05/2020 10:00 AM - 23/05/2020 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST OR TO ASK ABOUT ALTERNATIVE FUTURE DATES PLEASE CONTACT ME. Details: Weave a charming sweet pea planter - a basket with extending uprights which form the supports for climbing plants such as sweet peas to scramble up.

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  • £35.00
  •  22/05/2020 07:00 PM - 22/05/2020 10:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED: Details: These dragonflies make a lovely addition to your garden, either within the border or in pot, but especially lovely by a pond. They appear to float, waving gently in the breeze. You will be able to make more than one during this workshop - one for you and one for a friend!

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  • £60.00
  •  22/05/2020 10:00 AM - 22/05/2020 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST OR TO ASK ABOUT ALTERNATIVE FUTURE DATES PLEASE CONTACT ME. Details: These large wigwam plant supports, or obelisks, add height and drama to the garden. Plunge into the border for training climbing beans or flowering climbers for instant effect. You will make at least two large wigwams during this workshop, size to suit. NB: The height and diameter of these wigwams requires a large car to transport them home! You may wish to consider the size you can accommodate in your car before you weave! Max size we can make is approx 24" dia and 7'-8' high, but narrower/shorter may be preferable.

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  • £35.00
  •  21/05/2020 07:00 PM - 21/05/2020 10:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST OR TO ASK ABOUT ALTERNATIVE FUTURE DATES PLEASE CONTACT ME. Details: Make a wigwam plant support (approx 3ft high) to fit into a patio plant pot, suitable for training clematis or other lightweight climbers. Fast workers may be able to complete two small wigwams during this workshop.

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  • £35.00
  •  21/05/2020 02:00 PM - 21/05/2020 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. There is still availability on the same workshop on Friday 22nd May in the evening, 7-10pm. Workshop Details: These dragonflies make a lovely addition to your garden, either within the border or in pot, but especially lovely by a pond. They appear to float, waving gently in the breeze. You will be able to make more than one during this workshop - one for you and one for a friend!

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  • £110.00
  •  14/03/2020 10:00 AM - 15/03/2020 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST OR TO ASK ABOUT ALTERNATIVE FUTURE DATES PLEASE CONTACT ME. Details: Two-Day Workshop: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March 2020, 10am-5pm each day. This is such a useful basket for gardeners, or anyone who carries their hand tools around. The extra-wide base provides stability so it doesn't topple over and the long handle makes the basket easy to grasp with very little bending down!

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  • £60.00
  •  13/03/2020 10:00 AM - 13/03/2020 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

ONE PLACE LEFT due to a cancellation. Workshop details: Get ready for Easter Egg Hunts with this simple Egg Gathering Basket. The quick and easy border and simple handle make this basket very achievable in a day, even if you have never made one before. If, however, you prefer to make it without the handle (or simply run out of time!) it is perfect as a bread basket.

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  • £35.00
  •  12/03/2020 07:00 PM - 12/03/2020 10:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

On this evening workshop you will make a large two-dimensional fish, woven from natural willow. This makes a wonderful statement platter for your dining table for serving or displaying bread, fruit or cheese, or alternatively hang it on your wall as a piece of decorative art. You will be able to make one large fish during this workshop or, if you prefer, several much smaller ones. No previous experience is required - ideal for beginners to willow weaving.

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  • £35.00
  •  12/03/2020 02:00 PM - 12/03/2020 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

A topical little basket. Using 'random weave', make a little nest basket with a simple cross-over handle. Lovely for displaying mini eggs, egg gathering, or just as a pretty Easter decoration. Depending on your speed of work, you may be able to make more than one during this workshop.

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  • £110.00
  •  08/02/2020 10:00 AM - 09/02/2020 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST OR TO ASK ABOUT ALTERNATIVE FUTURE DATES PLEASE CONTACT ME. Two-Day Workshop: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February 2020, 10am-5pm each day. On this two-day workshop you will make a traditional round basket with a handle - suitable for just about anything! . . . shopping, gathering garden produce, picnics. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners and those who have a little previous experience.

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  • £35.00
  •  07/02/2020 10:00 AM - 07/02/2020 01:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Dispense with unsightly plastic in your garden and make a beautiful willow bird feeder which you can hang from the branch of a tree or on a hook in your garden. The birds will love perching on the side to get to the fat balls inside.

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  • £35.00
  •  06/02/2020 07:00 PM - 06/02/2020 10:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

With St Valentin'es Day just around the corner, make a collection of willow hearts for your loved one(s!). Choose your sizes, either little ones to pop in a card or hang from a door knob, or larger ones to accompany a bouquet of flowers, potted plant gift, or just to hang on the wall as a pretty decoration. You could later decorate them with ribbons and dried flowers.

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  • £35.00
  •  06/02/2020 02:00 PM - 06/02/2020 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST OR TO ASK ABOUT ALTERNATIVE FUTURE DATES PLEASE CONTACT ME. Details: Make a simple container suitable for holding any of those pots of herbs you buy in the supermarket - so much nicer than a black plastic pot sitting on your kitchen windowsill! Woven from natural willow and using several traditional basketry techniques, this is a very easy project to complete in half a day - ideal for complete beginners.

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  • £35.00
  •  24/11/2019 02:00 PM - 24/11/2019 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Learn how to weave one or more cute little reindeer to add to your rustic decorations this Christmas. Simple to make, once you know how! - you should be able to make several during this workshop. Pop one or two on the mantelpiece or a window sill, or add to an existing festive scene, or if you can bear to part with them they make lovely gifts. You might like to combine this workshop with the Christmas Trees workshop in the morning or one of the other decorations workshops over this weekend.

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  • £35.00
  •  24/11/2019 10:00 AM - 24/11/2019 01:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Weave yourself a Christmas Tree! You will make one or more Christmas Trees during this workshop, varying the shape to your design. Once at home, decorate with mini baubles, ribbons, place in a pot or hang from a ribbon. However you display them, they bring a simple rustic touch to your festive decorations. You might like to combine this workshop with the Reindeer workshop in the afternoon or one of the other decorations workshops over this weekend.

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  • £35.00
  •  23/11/2019 02:00 PM - 23/11/2019 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

This is a second workshop making stars, although there is no necessity to have attended the previous one - each workshop is a stand-alone. On this workshop we will be creating larger stars which use threading and tying techniques rather than weaving. As before, they make a great Christmas decoration - decorate if you like with lights or greenery (not provided) and hang in a window or on your front door in place of a wreath. If time allows you can also make a string of simple stars, each from one rod of willow. NB: The alternative Stars Workshop takes place on the afternoon of Thursday 21st November or again in the morning of Saturday 23rd just before this workshop. Why not do both?!

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  • £35.00
  •  23/11/2019 10:00 AM - 23/11/2019 01:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED BUT THERE ARE STILL SPACES ON "MORE STARS" IN THE AFTERNOON OF 23rd NOVEMBER. These festive stars make lovely Christmas Decorations. You will make one woven star using a mix of different willow colours for variety, and if time allows you can also make a string of simple stars, each from one rod of willow. NB: There is a second Christmas Stars workshop : More Stars (Saturday 23rd November, afternoon), where a different design of star is made, should you wish to take part in both!

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  • £35.00
  •  22/11/2019 02:00 PM - 22/11/2019 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Weave yourself a Christmas Tree! You will make one or more Christmas Trees during this workshop, varying the shape to your design. Once at home, decorate with mini baubles, ribbons, place in a pot or hang from a ribbon. However you display them, they bring a simple rustic touch to your festive decorations. You might like to combine this workshop with the Reindeer workshop, either immediately before or after this one, or one of the other decorations workshops over this weekend.

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  • £35.00
  •  21/11/2019 07:00 PM - 21/11/2019 10:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Weave yourself a Christmas Tree! You will make one or more Christmas Trees during this workshop, varying the shape to your design. Once at home, decorate with mini baubles, ribbons, place in a pot or hang from a ribbon. However you display them, they bring a simple rustic touch to your festive decorations. You might like to combine this workshop with Stars workshop in the afternoon or one of the other decorations workshops over this weekend.

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  • £35.00
  •  21/11/2019 02:00 PM - 21/11/2019 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. THERE ARE STILL SPACES ON "MORE STARS" WORKSHOP ON THE AFTERNOON OF SATURDAY 23rd NOVEMBER. These festive stars make lovely Christmas Decorations. You will make one woven star using a mix of different willow colours for variety, and if time allows you can also make a string of simple stars, each from one rod of willow. NB: There is a second Christmas Stars workshop : More Stars (Saturday 23rd November, afternoon), where a different design of star is made, should you wish to take part in both!

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  • £60.00
  •  17/10/2019 10:00 AM - 17/10/2019 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

This is a sweet little basket that is made using traditional basketry techniques - but kept as simple as possible. The quick and easy border, and the single rod handle mean that a complete basket can be whipped up in a day, even by a beginner!

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  • £35.00
  •  10/10/2019 02:00 PM - 10/10/2019 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

On this half-day workshop you will make a large two-dimensional fish, woven from natural willow. This makes a wonderful statement platter for your dining table for serving or displaying bread, fruit or cheese, or alternatively hang it on your wall as a piece of decorative art. You will be able to make one large fish during this workshop or, if you prefer, several much smaller ones. No previous experience is required - ideal for beginners to willow weaving.

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  • £35.00
  •  10/10/2019 10:00 AM - 10/10/2019 01:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Catalan platters, also known as tension trays, are one of the simplest yet most effective items to make from willow - ideal for the absolute beginner but equally fun for those with some experience. They can be used for serving bread or cheese, displaying fruit, or (my favoured option) mince pies! On this workshop you will be able to make at least two platters, allowing you to experiment with size and colour of willow.

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  • £35.00
  •  03/10/2019 02:00 PM - 03/10/2019 05:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Dispense with unsightly plastic in your garden and make a beautiful willow bird feeder which you can hang from the branch of a tree or on a hook in your garden. The birds will love perching on the side to get to the fat balls inside.

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  • £35.00
  •  03/10/2019 10:00 AM - 03/10/2019 01:00 PM
  •   Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Make a simple container suitable for holding any of those pots of herbs you buy in the supermarket - so much nicer than a black plastic pot sitting on your kitchen windowsill! Woven from natural willow and using several traditional basketry techniques, this is a very easy project to complete in half a day - ideal for complete beginners.

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Testimonials


 I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your Berry basket workshop, the Saturday before last. I know I was slow, but in the end I felt I had actually achieved something! You are a great teacher, very patient, very good at giving clear instructions & with obvious enthusiasm for you subject. I really hope to do another workshop sometime."

Gillian

 I have attended many of Louise’s workshops and thoroughly enjoyed them all. Louise has the patience of a saint and if you lack a bit of confidence, she will guide you through gently. The groups are small which allows Louise time to support you. I’ve had great fun making everything from Christmas decorations and platters to a real life basket! Louise is extremely knowledgable and professional so you won’t fail to be amazed by what you produce. I can’t recommend her workshops highly enough."

Lesley

 Just had to let you know how very much I enjoyed myself on Friday,my very warmest thanks.It was a super day,loved the location and the other ladies were good fun and terribly keen.Really chuffed with my first efforts and it was so lovely working with willow. I have to say you were brilliant at coaching us along and giving us such confidence,such a calming atmosphere. Looking forward to catching up with you again and will keep an eye on your website. Again many thanks."

Tricia

 It was brilliant and you are such a great teacher. I am inordinately proud of my basket! Thank you!!"

Tonia

 Thanks Louise for such a wonderfully absorbing weekend.I had a great time and keep having to go and look at my basket. It has been admired by my husband, brother and sister so far! You are an excellent teacher in my opinion. Thanks again."

Joanne

 Thank you so much for the wonderful work shop you gave yesterday. I could see how well planned it was and how you kept everyone going so that we were each able to complete a basket. You were very helpful and encouraging to a mixed ability group! I loved learning about, and experience, using different materials and tools. All held in such a beautiful venue. We had a lovely day."

Jane

Events & Shows


Past Events

TitleDateLocation
Weald & Downland Christmas Market - 3rd & 4th December03 Dec 2021Weald & Downland Living Museum (Open Air Museum), Town Lane, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0EU
Charity Gift Fair, Crawley20 Nov 2021Crawley Village Hall, Crawley, Winchester SO21 2PR
Hampshire Open Studios (4 days only)27 Aug 2021The Paterson Centre, Church Rd, Swanmore, Southampton SO32 2PA
Wessex Guild of Craftsmen at Hilliers (12 days)04 Aug 2021Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Braishfield, Romsey, Hampshire
Hampshire Country & Garden Festival27 Jun 2021Bere Mill, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7NH
WInchester GoLD GARDEN & CRAFT FAIR23 Jun 2021Upper Farm, Down Farm Lane, Headbourne Worthy, Winchester SO23 7LA
Drawn to Craft - exhibition - 21 Nov to 20 Jan20 Jan 2020Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin St, Salisbury SP1 3UT
Victorian Christmas Fair, Ropley28 Nov 2019Parish Hall, Church St, Ropley
Charity Gift Fair, Crawley16 Nov 2019Crawley Village Hall, Nr Winchester, SO21 2PR
Christmas Craft Fair and Coffee & Mince Pie Morning30 Oct 2019Chilworth Hall, Chilworth Road, Southampton SO16 7JZ
Real Craft at Charterhouse26 Oct 2019Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2DE
Curdridge Country Show13 Jul 2019Curdridge Reading Room & Recreation Ground, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge SO32 2HE
Hannington Country Fair23 Jun 2019Hannington Village RG26 5TZ
Solent Gardeners Fayre & Craft02 Jun 2019Southampton University Playing Fields, Wide Lane, Eastleigh SO50 5PE
Garden Craft Fair25 Apr 2019Upper Farm, Down Farm Lane, Headbourne Worthy, Winchester SO23 7LA
Easton Village Christmas Fair02 Dec 2018Easton Village Hall, Easton, near Winchester
Inner Wheel Christmas Fair, Chilworth, Southampton22 Nov 2018Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton
Charity Gift Fair, Crawley17 Nov 2018Crawley Village Hall, Crawley, near Winchester SO21 2PR
Hampshire Open Studios24 Aug 201814 Forest Road, Chandler's Ford SO53 1LZ
Curdridge Country Show14 Jul 2018Reading Room Lane, Curdridge, Southampton SO32 2HE
Itchen Abbas Flower Festival08 Jul 2018Village Hall, Itchen Abbas, Winchester, UK
Solent Gardeners Fayre & Craft03 Jun 2018University of Southampton Playing Fields, Wide Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 5PE
Bishop's Waltham Garden Fair06 May 2018Winters Hill Hall, Durley, Hampshire SO32 2AL
Charity Plant Sale & Open Garden03 May 2018Little Court, Crawley, Hampshire SO21 2PU

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