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






 
 

Willow Weaving Workshops - 2019

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.

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, Peacock and Basketmaking.

One Day Workshops

Cost £75 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. Workshop limited to 10 students.

SATURDAY 23rd FEBRUARY
(Fotheringhay Village Hall)
BASKETMAKING WITH GREEN
WILLOWS
Learn how to build a frame basket using hoops and 'ribs'. Weave colour into your baskets by adding freshly cut willows grown in King's Cliffe. Learn how to make hoops, practice 'slyping' with a knife and build your shape by positioning 'ribs' correctly. These beautiful baskets were originally made by gypsies and farmers occasionally using foraged hedgerow materials to weave with.
SATURDAY 9th MARCH PLAITED LIVING WILLOW TREES
AND WILLOW BED TOUR
Using freshly cut willow grown in King's Cliffe build 2-3 living willow plaited trees for your garden. You will also be taught how to maintain the structure throughout the year. There will also be a short tour of the willow beds, led by Kirk who will talk about growing and harvesting willow, so wrap up warm! A hot soup is served up after the tour.
SATURDAY 18TH MAY BIRD SCULPTURE
There is an extra £15 charge for your metal frame and log stand. Choose from an egret, heron, sandpiper, goose, peacock or pheasant. Each bird sculpture has a 6mm or 8mm metal frame which is secured into a log stand. Learn how to weave over the frame adding texture and detail using a variety of coloured willows.
SATURDAY 1st JUNE DRAGONFLIES, BIRD TABLES,
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 tables take a whole day and have a solid base and a woven roof.
SATURDAY 3rd AUGUST 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 7th and/or 8th DECEMBER CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
You can come along to one day or both days. Learn how to make a variety of top quality decorations which add warmth to your home. You can make between 3-5 decorations a day. Choose from 3 styles of stars, wreaths and spheres, icicle lanterns, small and large trees. Plus make your own tree decorations such as reindeers in willow and rush, stars and snowflakes.
Willow Weaving Courses - Basketmaking and Sculptures

Two Day Workshops

Cost £150 per person, includes materials, vegetarian lunch provided. Additional costs for metal frames. All workshops suitable for beginners to advanced students.

Basketmaking

THUR 27th & FRI 28th JUNE BASKETMAKING
SAT 21st & SUN 22nd SEPTEMBER BASKETMAKING
SAT 2nd & SUN 3rd NOVEMBER 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 (beginners) or log baskets (intermediates). Or practice oval or square basketry (intermediates/advanced). Learn various techniques such as partitions, lids, handles or fastenings.

Sculpture

SAT 6th & SUN 7th JULY SCULPTURE
SAT 5th & SUN 6th OCTOBER SCULPTURE
Additional costs for metal frames as follows; Stag/Deer frame £15.00 Bird frame in log stand £15.00 Small frame for dog/sheep/goat. £10.00. Leaping Hare £15.00 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 please place your order when you book. 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.

Garden Structures

SAT 6th & SUN 7th APRIL GARDEN STRUCTURES
One day £75.00 both days £150.00 (See SAT 1st JUNE for details). You can come to just one day or do both! Choose to make rose cloches, small border hurdles, three designs of plant climber and bird feeders. Make a variety of structures or you may wish to try out your own design.
SAT 11th & SUN 12th MAY DENS AND PLAYHOUSES
Cost £150.00 both days. Build a natural child's den, which will spark imaginative play and look beautiful in your garden. Learn how to build a frame incorporating windows and a door. Finish by interlacing with willow.
Willow Weaving Courses - Plant Supports, Dens and Playhouses, Basketmaking

Three Day Workshops

Cost £195.00 per person. Includes lunch. Does not include materials. Material costs between £15.00-£30.00 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. Workshop limited to 8 students.

WED 30th, THUR 31st JAN & FRI 1st FEB WINTER SCHOOL
WED 20th, THUR 21st & FRI 22nd MARCH SPRING SCHOOL
WED 12th, THUR 13th & FRI 14th JUNE SUMMER SCHOOL
WED 16th, THUR 17th & FRI 18th 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 starts at £300, this includes materials. There is no charge for travel if the venue is under 30 miles away.