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


I love sharing my craft with others which is why I so enjoy teaching basketmaking.  I run a variety of half-day/evening/one-day and sometimes two-day workshops in Ropley, near Alresford, where I live.  

My class sizes are always small so that I can give plenty of one-to-one attention.  This means that some workshops fill up quickly, especially so right now as we come out of lockdown.  

I am aware that most of my workshops up to July are now fully booked, but please look through the topics and contact me if you really want to do one - there may be sufficient people for me to put on another class.  

New workshops for the autumn/winter/spring will be published in July.

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 a whole day can be quite tiring on thumbs and fingers, in which case a half-day or evening might suit, but most people soon get into the swing of weaving and are so absorbed they forget about any initial discomfort!


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( (£125) or for private workshops for a group (see below).  Please contact me to arrange.


NEW for 2021  -  PROGRESSIVE BASKETMAKING COURSES

I am often asked if I could run on-going courses as well as one-day workshops.  Now, the answer is yes!  

I have designed a set of courses 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 course comprises four full-day sessions, held at monthly intervals, specifically so that students can devote time to practising and reinforcing their learning at home.  Subsequent courses follow on from each other, so it is essential that students start with the first course (Beginners' Basketmaking) to ensure they have acquired all the necessary skills before moving on.  

I am running two Beginners' Basketmaking Courses in May, one course on Thursdays and another on Sundays. This course 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 course participants will have constructed numerous items and be confident in making a round basket with a simple handle on their own.

Note, this course will be repeated in autumn 2021 and again in spring 2022 - details will be published in July.

The second course will introduce different weaves and borders.

The third course will concentrate on handles and different ways to shape round baskets.

A fourth course will move onto making oval baskets . . .  that's as far as I've got at the moment! 

  


Private Workshops  (coronavirus dependent!)

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 the Coffee Room or in your home (if you have the space!)   - just get in touch to discuss.


Other Teaching Venues

I also teach regularly at Winchester Adult Education: Peter Symonds College Adult & Higher Education Division, Stoney Lane, Weeke, Winchester, SO22 6DR - 01962 886166 - website www.psc.ac.uk/ahed (Willow weaving workshops can be found in Creative Arts section under the Leisure tab).

If you cannot find a convenient date for any of my Ropley workshops then you might like to see what I have on offer at Peter Symonds.


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.




Workshops Location


Workshops LocationWorkshops LocationWorkshops Location
The Coffee Room
Church Street, Ropley, Hampshire SO24 0DS

My workshops take place next door to my home in the village of Ropley, near Alresford, Hampshire, in a little hall known as the Coffee Room.  On one side is my home, Meadowside, and on the other is the Courtyard Village Shop.  
What could be more convenient!

New for 2021: Lockdown has been beneficial in some ways: it has allowed me space and time to have my home workshop rebuilt!  I now have room to teach 2-3 students, so workshops with smaller numbers may well take place in my own workshop rather than in the Coffee Room.  If this is the case, I'll let you know before the day!

If you are unfamiliar with Ropley, it is about 10 miles equidistant from Winchester, Alton and Petersfield. It is easily accessed off the A31, the major trunk road from Winchester to Farnham/Guildford.

Directions and parking information are provided with your booking confirmation.


Workshops by date/topic


  • £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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  • £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
  •  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

Events & Shows


Upcoming Events

Title Date Location
WInchester GoLD GARDEN & CRAFT FAIR 23 Jun 2021 Upper Farm, Down Farm Lane, Headbourne Worthy, Winchester SO23 7LA
Wessex Guild of Craftsmen at Hilliers (12 days) 04 Aug 2021 Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Braishfield, Romsey, Hampshire
Hampshire Open Studios (4 days only) 27 Aug 2021 The Paterson Centre, Church Rd, Swanmore, Southampton SO32 2PA

Past Events

Title Date Location
Drawn to Craft - exhibition - 21 Nov to 20 Jan 20 Jan 2020 Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin St, Salisbury SP1 3UT
Victorian Christmas Fair, Ropley 28 Nov 2019 Parish Hall, Church St, Ropley
Charity Gift Fair, Crawley 16 Nov 2019 Crawley Village Hall, Nr Winchester, SO21 2PR
Christmas Craft Fair and Coffee & Mince Pie Morning 30 Oct 2019 Chilworth Hall, Chilworth Road, Southampton SO16 7JZ
Real Craft at Charterhouse 26 Oct 2019 Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2DE
Curdridge Country Show 13 Jul 2019 Curdridge Reading Room & Recreation Ground, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge SO32 2HE
Hannington Country Fair 23 Jun 2019 Hannington Village RG26 5TZ
Solent Gardeners Fayre & Craft 02 Jun 2019 Southampton University Playing Fields, Wide Lane, Eastleigh SO50 5PE
Garden Craft Fair 25 Apr 2019 Upper Farm, Down Farm Lane, Headbourne Worthy, Winchester SO23 7LA
Easton Village Christmas Fair 02 Dec 2018 Easton Village Hall, Easton, near Winchester
Inner Wheel Christmas Fair, Chilworth, Southampton 22 Nov 2018 Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton
Charity Gift Fair, Crawley 17 Nov 2018 Crawley Village Hall, Crawley, near Winchester SO21 2PR
Hampshire Open Studios 24 Aug 2018 14 Forest Road, Chandler's Ford SO53 1LZ
Curdridge Country Show 14 Jul 2018 Reading Room Lane, Curdridge, Southampton SO32 2HE
Itchen Abbas Flower Festival 08 Jul 2018 Village Hall, Itchen Abbas, Winchester, UK
Solent Gardeners Fayre & Craft 03 Jun 2018 University of Southampton Playing Fields, Wide Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 5PE
Bishop's Waltham Garden Fair 06 May 2018 Winters Hill Hall, Durley, Hampshire SO32 2AL
Charity Plant Sale & Open Garden 03 May 2018 Little Court, Crawley, Hampshire SO21 2PU

Contact


  • Meadowside, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS