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!
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.
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!
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.
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.