Countryside Crafts

  • Living willow chairSunday 16 February 2020
    9.30am-5pm The course This workshop is for both beginners and those with some experience. Participants will work with a variety of coloured barked willows to create a living seat which will be taken home to plan in your garden. The weave will be a mixture of soaked and freshly coppiced willow from the tutor’s osier... (more info)
  • Willow garden supportsSunday 13 September 2020
    9.30am-5pm The course The day will be spent creatively designing a variety of garden supports including obelisks, tepees, fan trellises, small hurdles and peony/delphinium supports. A host of creative opportunities alongside professional advice from the teacher on nearly every aspect of willow, planting of new osier beds, coppice rotation, grading, drying, soaking, traditional and modern... (more info)
  • Willow plattersTuesday 22 September 2020
    2pm-4pm The course Make a willow platter using mixed types of willow, may be used for bread, biscuits, hot scones, fruit. The tutor Linda Mills has been working with willow since 2004, she sells her products at various events and has been teaching willow workshops since early 2013. Participant information The course takes place in... (more info)
  • Frame basketsTuesday 8 September 2020
    10am-4pm The course Make a willow frame basket using Somerset grown willow. Frame baskets are ideal for gathering and storing eggs and picking soft fruit. The tutor Linda Mills has been working with willow since 2004, she sells her products at various events and has been teaching willow workshops since early 2013. Participant information The... (more info)
  • Weave a rush hatThursday 24 September 2020
    9.30am-5pm The course An opportunity to make your own woven rush hat using the indigenous common bulrush, Scirpus Lacustris, collected from the River Thames. Starting with your own custom-made hat block, you will be using this wonderfully supple material and techniques common to basketry to create a unique hat to wear and treasure. The tutor... (more info)
  • Weave a rush basketFriday 25 September 2020
    9.30am-5pm The course During the course, participants will have an opportunity to make their own woven rush storage basket using the indigenous common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris) harvested from the River Thames. Working on wooden formers, you will be using this wonderfully supple material and techniques common to basketry to create a beautiful and useful container.... (more info)
  • Grass basketsFriday 4 September 2020
    Credit to Ruby Taylor
    10am-4.30pm The course Spend a day making a small coiled basket from grass. Learn about the types of grasses that can be harvested and how to process these. You will make a basket that is sturdy and perfect for storing eggs or other similar sized objects. After the day you will be looking at verges... (more info)
  • Bramble basketsSaturday 26 September 2020
    10am-4.30pm The course Learn how to harvest and process bramble. We’ll cover a range of basketry techniques including how to start the basket, weave a strong structure, and make the border. By the end of the course you’ll have all the knowledge you need to make a bramble basket from start to finish, and you... (more info)
  • Christmas Corn DolliesTuesday 24 November 2020
    10am-4pm The course The workshop will impart the history and development of this ancient craft, as well as the practical skills involved in weaving corn dollies.  With the festive season in sight,  participants will have the opportunity to create a range of Christmas themed corn dollies or idols.  They will learn about the materials used,... (more info)