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Weave a fish-shaped platter from willow on this 4-hour workshop with master basket weaver Louise Brown. The workshop will start at 1.00pm and will finish at 5pm.¬†There are a maximum of 20 places available on this course so book now to avoid disappointment.
¬£20 per person including all materials, although attendees will need to bring an apron to protect their clothes.
Tickets are available online below or from The Box Office¬†01962 857275.
Willow basketmaking has been a tradition in the UK for thousands of years, and is recognised as one of the oldest crafts in the world.¬† It is this connection to the past combined with the sustainable nature of the raw material, and the sheer beauty of the finished woven products which has fed my passion for this most ancient of crafts ‚Äď a view which is shared by an increasing number of weavers and artists who are reviving what was very much a craft in decline.
I have been making willow baskets since 2002 after attending a local basket making course and becoming instantly hooked. This lead on to lots more courses and workshops further afield with a host of wonderful basketmakers, culminating in the City & Guilds qualification which I gained in 2016/17.¬† This qualification spurred me on to share my love of willow with others, and I now run workshops of my own and teach at Winchester Adult Education.
I sell my baskets at a handful of garden/plant and Christmas fairs around Hampshire, and have taken part in the annual Hampshire Open Studios event for a number of years.