Basket Making with Willow

386 TUTOR: Jane Welsh

In this workshop you can have a go at working with willow to make a round basket. We will explore this creative traditional craft and work with a variety of different naturally coloured willows to make a beautiful and useful basket, with or without a handle.

3 PM
PM course

Course Notes

Explore the craft of basketry using willow. Baskets have been used by humans for thousands of years.

On this course you will start by making a round base and then learn different weaves to make a useful basket of your choice. This could be a basket to keep things in, harvest from the garden or hedgerows, serve or display food, take shopping, throw your waste paper in or a linen basket for those dirty socks! You can even add a handle if you choose.


There will be lots of naturally coloured willow from which to make your beautiful, sustainable and unique basket.

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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