Animal Willow Weaving | Friday 28th February 10am to 4pm


Animal Willow Weaving | Friday 28th February 10am to 4pm


This one day workshop offers an introduction to the ancient craft of willow weaving and get hands on making your own hearts, fish and a dragon fly. The workshop includes refreshments and a homemade two course lunch served with local wine. Scroll down for full details.


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Animal Willow Weaving Workshop

Friday 28th February 2020 | 10am until 4pm

Enjoy a unique and satisfying experience learning to work with willow in the beautiful surroundings of Hanwell Wine Estate. Thorough out the day you will learn some useful techniques and by the end of your session will have accomplished making Dragonfly, Hearts and Fish.

Chris, your tutor, will share with you her years of experience and knowledge of the tools and materials. A superb teacher Chris has a great sense of humour and encourages a relaxed and fun environment for you to be creative in.

This workshop is suitable for complete novices. All materials and tools are provided along with refreshments throughout the day and a two-course handmade lunch served with a glass of wine.

A selection of the delicious homemade food served on recent workshops!

“The beauty of this once commonplace craft, is now an increasingly rare craft”

Outline of the day

9.50am Light refreshments and settle in

10:00am Welcome

10:15am Introduction on the history of willow

Get hands on with willow

11.15am Refreshment break with snack

12:30pm Lunch is served – 2 course homemade lunch served with a glass of local wine

Continue where you left off

Refreshment break with snack

16:00pm Home time, ready to take your completed bird feeder and obelisk home to show your family and friends


To ensure the quality of your personal experience, group size will be limited to 8.

For more information about this event or other Rural Antics workshops, contact Hanwell Wine Estate, or 01949 81393.

For frequently asked questions about our workshops visit our FAQ page – click here

Want to know what happened at our Willow Weave Workshop held in January 2018, click here to read our blog.

About Chris Baxter

Chris has an exceptional talent and skill as a basket maker. Expressing her art genes originally through Fine Art she then turned to working with willow. Tutored by Jane Jennifer in Diss on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, her teachings has come from a confirmed heritage that began over 100 years ago starting with Ronnie Woods family. A member of the Basketmakers’ Association she shares their aim “to promote the knowledge  basketry, chairseating and allied crafts…”

Working locally she produces bespoke commission pieces and regularly teaches willow workshops. Working in willow that is harvested in the UK (Nottinghamshire and Somerset)

Giving as a Gift?

If you would like to buy this as a gift for someone, please ensure when you place your order add in the comments box -‘gift voucher with the recipients name’. We will then email you a home-print voucher with a description of the workshop and date. Gift vouchers are fully flexible and if your recipient is not available or does not want to do this workshop we will happily move them to another date or different workshop of the same or lower price.




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