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 supportsSaturday 21 March 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 plattersSaturday 14 March 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)
  • Willow plattersTuesday 7 April 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)
  • Weave a rush hatMonday 27 July 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 bagTuesday 28 July 2020
    9.30am-5pm The course An opportunity to weave your own rush bag using indigenous common bulrush, scirpus lacustris. Working on wooden blocks and using techniques common to basketry, each participant will complete a medium sized bag with optional handles. The tutor Rachel Frost works in a variety of mediums and disciplines, focusing on the reproduction of... (more info)
  • Weave a rush basketWednesday 29 July 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)
  • Weave rush tablewareThursday 30 July 2020
    9.30am-4pm The course During the course, each participant will have the opportunity to explore different weaving techniques and create their own beautiful table mats out of the wonderfully supple and colourful, native common bulrush.  This course is suitable for beginners. The tutor Rachel Frost works in a variety of mediums and disciplines, focusing on the... (more info)
  • Corn dolly workshopSunday 17 May 2020
    10am-5pm The course The aim of this workshop is to impart the history and development of this ancient craft, as well as the practical skills involved in weaving corn dollies.  During the day participants will learn: about the materials used, how to prepare the materials, a range of weaving techniques with several different designs The... (more info)
  • Corn dolly workshopSunday 30 August 2020
    10am-5pm The course The aim of this workshop is to impart the history and development of this ancient craft, as well as the practical skills involved in weaving corn dollies.  During the day participants will learn: about the materials used, how to prepare the materials, a range of weaving techniques with several different designs The... (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)
  • Wild CordageFriday 15 May 2020
    Credit to Ruby Taylor
    10am-4.30pm The course Learn how to make wild cordage (string) from a variety of seasonally available plants which we’ll forage for on the day. We’ll work with plants that need varying degrees of preparation before being used to make cordage. You will come away with a good understanding of the methods required to make cordages... (more info)
  • Reed mace basketsSaturday 28 September 2019
    Credit Ruby Taylor
    10am-4.30pm The course Make a small woven basket using locally foraged wild reed mace, Typha latifolia (often known as ‘bulrush’). It’s a lovely material to work with as it’s gentle on the hands and amazingly versatile. You’ll learn two different weaves as well as a border technique and there will be a range of sample... (more info)
  • Willow Christmas treesSaturday 28 November 2020
    9:30am-4pm The course Make a small Christmas tree (18 to 24 inches tall) using assorted willow, makes the perfect tree for a small windowsill or table. Once you have made it use battery LED lights for decoration. The tutor Linda Mills has been working with willow since 2004, she sells her products at various events... (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)