Join us for this introduction to the ancient craft of willow weaving!
Get hands-on during this one day workshop and make a stunning piece of willow garden art. Recent workshops have included making a willow chicken and a willow bird feeder.
In a small group, you will learn how to handle the willow and how to bend and shape it into a beautiful piece of garden decor.
All the materials are provided and the workshop includes refreshments and a 2 course homemade lunch, served with local wine.
This workshop is suitable for both complete novices and people with experience of using willow. Chris, your tutor, will share with you her you her years of experience and knowledge of tools and materials, allowing you to take away a willow sculpture to be proud of!
Here are a few comments from one of our previous customers:
“Thank you and Chris for an amazing day yesterday! Was incredible from start to finish…….the welcome was an ice breaker ( literally) and we felt relaxed from the minute we walked through the door……
The food you provided throughout the day was gorgeous and fantastic quality……. and how amazing was our Tutor!!!!!!!! From the very beginning we felt relaxed and at ease with this ,totally new to us ,craft … Chris made us feel that we could achieve something special and with her help and guidance …good instruction ….AND sense of humour…we managed …out of nowhere …to produce wonderful chickens !!!! I loved every moment of the day and will be back for more without doubt
Thank you again Ladies
Outline of the Willow Weaving workshop
9.50am | Light refreshments & settle in.
10am | Welcome.
10.15am | An introduction to the history of willow, then get hands on with your willow weaving project!
11.15am | Refreshment break
12.30pm | Two-course home-made lunch with glass of local wine.
1pm | Continue with your project.
2.30pm | Refreshment break
4pm | Home time!
Chris has an exceptional talent and skill as a basket maker. Expressing her artistic genes originally through Fine Art she then turned to working with willow.
Chris was tutored by Jane Jennifer who herself was taught by the Ronnie Woods family. The Woods family have a long heritage as Willow Weaving craftsmen based on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, Chris is keen to hand on those 100 year old traditional techniques with you too!
A member of the Basketmakers’ Association she shares their aim “to promote the knowledge basketry, chair-seating 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)
To ensure the quality of your personal experience, the group size will be limited to 9 people. If you need somewhere to stay whilst you attend the workshop, please click here for details of nearby overnight accommodation and suggestions of places to eat. For more information about this event or other Rural Antics workshops, contact Hanwell Wine Estate, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01949 81393. For frequently asked questions about our workshops visit our FAQ page – click here