Sue Kirk Willow Baskets Willow Weaving Workshops, One Day, Two Day and Three Day Willow Weaving Courses.






 
 

Willow Weaving Workshops - 2018

Willow basketmaking, garden structure and sculpture workshops take place throughout the year at King's Cliffe village hall. We offer one day, two day, weekend and three day workshops. Two day and three day workshops are held during the week and give students the chance to really get stuck into projects. We have reduced class sizes from 10 to 8 students on weekend and three day workshops so you have more tutor time.

Workshops start at 10am and finish at 4pm. Workshops are suitable for beginners, improvers and advanced students. The sculpture and the garden structure workshops are suitable for children aged 12 years and above.

We use Black Maul willow grown by Steven Pearce and P.H. Coates who are both based in Somerset. In some classes we also use our own willows grown in King's Cliffe. Lap boards are provided for all basketmaking classes. Tools will be provided on the day, but it is helpful if you bring along a sharp pen knife, cushion to kneel on, string and secateurs.

To book a place, fill out the booking form and enclose your payment for the workshop. The cost of the workshop includes materials except for three day workshops. On two day, weekend and three day workshops a vegetarian lunch is provided by 'The Little Soup Kitchen' who are based in King's Cliffe and use locally grown ingredients.

We weld metal frames for sculptures using 6mm and 8mm round steel bar. If you require a frame for a workshop add this to your booking form.

Willow Weaving Courses, Plaited Tree, Adding A Handle and Willow Geese

One Day Workshops

Cost £70 per person, includes materials, bring your own lunch. All these workshops are suitable for beginners, intermediates and advanced students. All workshops are in King's Cliffe Village Hall unless indicated otherwise.

SATURDAY 3rd FEBRUARY
(Fotheringhay Village Hall)
PLAITED LIVING WILLOW TREES
Using freshly cut willow grown in King's Cliffe build 2-3 living willow plaited trees for your garden, (see photo above). You will also be taught how to maintain the structure throughout the year.
SATURDAY 3rd MARCH DRAGONFLIES, BIRD HOUSES,
CLIMBERS AND LANTERNS
A fun day, take home 2-3 structures for your garden. The dragonflies stand 4' high and have a 18" wingspan. The lantern holds a jam jar with a tea light and give a soft light in your garden on a summer evening. There are two different styles of climber which are great for climbing beans and sweet peas. The bird houses take a whole day and have a solid base and a woven roof, so you can use them as a bird feeding table.
SATURDAY 19TH MAY BIRD SCULPTURE
There is an extra £15 charge for your metal frame and log stand. Choose from an Egret, Heron, Sandpiper or Goose. Each bird sculpture has a 6mm or 8mm metal frame which is secured into a log stand. You will be taught how to weave over the framework and how to add texture and detail to your work using a variety of coloured willows.
SATURDAY 4th AUGUST BASKETMAKING
SATURDAY 1st SEPTEMBER BASKETMAKING
SATURDAY 3rd NOVEMBER
(Fotheringhay village Hall)
BASKETMAKING
An open workshop, come along and make a traditional stake and strand basket or a contemporary basket or you may have a basket to finish. You can choose. Or you can practice bases, handles or borders.
SATURDAY 1st DECEMBER GOOSE SCULPTURE
There is an extra £15 charge for your metal frame and log stand. Weave a goose sculpture for your home or garden ready for Christmas. Weave over a metal armature or frame using an interlace technique (see photo above).
Willow Weaving Courses - Animal Sculptures

Two Day Workshops

Cost £140 per person, includes materials, vegetarian lunch provided. Additional costs for metal frames. All workshops suitable for Beginners, intermediates and advanced students.

Basketmaking

SAT 9th & SUN 10th JUNE
(Fotheringhay Village Hall)
BASKETMAKING
SAT 14th & SUN 15th JULY
(Woodnewton Village Hall)
BASKETMAKING
SAT 29th & SUN 30th SEPTEMBER BASKETMAKING
Spend the weekend submerged in basketmaking! Use a variety of willows to make traditional or contemporary baskets. For example, you could make a small round basket with a handle or frame basket (beginners). Or practice round, oval or square basketry (intermediates/advanced). Learn various techniques such as partitions, lids, handles or fastenings. Or you may wish to learn how to remake or repair a basket.

Sculpture

THURS 3rd & FRI 4th MAY SCULPTURE
THURS 5th & FRI 6th JULY SCULPTURE
SAT 6th & SUN 7th OCTOBER SCULPTURE
Additional costs for metal frames as follows; Deer frame £15.00. Bird frame in log stand £15.00. Small frame for dog/sheep/goat £10.00. Children over 12 years welcome, cost per child £80.00.
Spend two creative days weaving sculpture of your choice. If you choose to weave over a steel frame place your order's when you book your place. You will be shown how to use willow effectively to create a surface texture and make beautiful forms. You can make figurative or non-figurative work, large or small scale. I can help with designs or you can work straight from photographs.

Garden Structures

THURS 22nd & FRI 23rd FEBRUARY LIVING WILLOW STRUCTURES
Using freshly cut willow grown in King's Cliffe build a living willow structure for your garden, school or community space. Choose from a plaited tree, small child's chair with hood or small scale tipi. You will also be taught how to maintain the structure throughout the year.
SAT 21st & SUN 22nd APRIL GARDEN STRUCTURES
One day £70 both days £140 (See SAT 3rd MARCH for details). You can come to just one day or do both! You may also wish to try rose cloches, small border hurdles, fan trellis, hanging baskets and tree planters. There will be a variety of structures to make throughout the weekend or you could try out your own design.
Willow Weaving Courses - Willow Cot, Interlaced Basket, Willow Lid and Handle

Three Day Workshops

Cost £175 per person. Includes lunch. Does not include materials. Material costs between £15-£30 per person. Depending on how many baskets, structures or sculptures you make and the size of your work! The workshop is suitable for beginners, intermediates and advanced students. Throughout the three days you can work on any project you choose.

WED 14th, THUR 15th & FRI 16th MARCH SPRING SCHOOL
WED 20th, THUR 21st & FRI 22nd JUNE SUMMER SCHOOL
WED 10th, THUR 11th & FRI 12th OCTOBER AUTUMN SCHOOL

Workshops For Groups, Schools & Colleges

Willow weaving courses for schools and colleges.

We also provide a wide range of workshops suitable for schools, colleges and private groups. We are happy to discuss workshop ideas with you and design the day around your requirements.

If you would like to organise a willow weaving workshop call or email Sue to discuss your ideas. You can then create a workshop to suit your students abilities. For a sculpture workshop, such as willow birds and dragonflies, class sizes can be up to 15 students and for a Basketmaking workshop the class size is 10 students. We recommend that you find a suitably large venue for the workshop, a village hall is ideal. The cost for a one day willow weaving workshop is £300, this includes materials. There is no charge for travel if the venue is under 30 miles away.