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, but now with coronavirus they are smaller still - a maximum of five students. This means that some workshops fill up quickly - if a workshop or course indicates it is full and you want to book on it, please let me know - there may be sufficient people for me to put on another class.
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!
Following on from Boris Johnson's "Roadmap Out of Lockdown" announced on 22nd February, we now have guidance on when groups of individuals can mix both outdoors and indoors: nothing before 29th March, then 'rule of 6' outdoors. After 17th May* 'rule of 6' indoors, and finally all restrictions to be lifted by 21st June*.
* these dates liable to be adjusted by the Government.
Accordingly all of my workshops up to 17th May have been re-arranged and the NEW DATES are now shown on this website.
If you have already booked on any workshop due to take place before 17th May you should have received an email from me explaining the new dates (if not, please get in touch!).
To see all my forthcoming workshops and courses head to WORKSHOPS BY DATE/TOPIC.
If you want to offer the gift of a basketmaking workshop, I offer gift vouchers to the value of a half-day or evening (£40) / a one-day (£75) / or a two-day workshop( (£125). 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.
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!
Two two-hour Taster Sessions are scheduled for Thursday 6th May and Sunday 9th May for those who may not have tried basketmaking before and want to come and try it out and ask questions before committing time and money to a whole course or even just a one-day workshop. NOTE: these are the new dates, and as they are before 17th May, they will be held OUTDOORS). These are listed under WORKSHOPS BY DATE/TOPIC along with all other workshops and courses.
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 - email@example.com. 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.