Round Basketmaking for Beginners

100 TUTOR: Jane Welsh

Explore the ancient craft of basket making using willow grown on the Somerset levels. On this course you can choose to make a useful fruit basket, bread basket, waste paper basket, round shopping basket or even a small log basket. Two of the smaller projects can be feasibly achieved during the course.

4 AM
AM course

Course Notes

This will be a week of exploring round basket makingusing the traditional 'stake and strand' method. For those that have never tried basketry before you could start with a fruit basket or round shopper. During the week students can choose to make several smaller baskets or make a larger project such as a linen basket or a log basket. There will be lots of natural willow colours to choose from for you to make your beautiful, sustainable and unique baskets!

Course Tutor

Jane Welsh

About Jane


Jane has been basket making for 23 years and has been working professionally and running courses for the last 14 years. She feels ardently about protecting the knowledge of our traditional rural crafts that are so much a part of our heritage she likes to get people enthused to work with willow and rush, these versatile, sustainable materials.

Her background is in arts and crafts. Having studied art, design and furniture making, worked in traditional timber framing and dabbled in stone masonry and stained glass, she then became hooked on basket making, mainly learning from the much respected Gloucestershire basket maker Sheila Wynter.







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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM