Sue Kirk Willow Baskets Willow Weaving Workshops, Day and Weekend Willow Weaving Courses.






 
 

Willow Weaving Workshops - 2017

Willow basketmaking, garden structure and sculpture workshops take place throughout the year at King's Cliffe village hall. We offer one day, weekend and three day workshops. 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 classes in July and November and the garden structure workshops in April and May are suitable for children aged 12 years and above.

We use Black Maul willow from Somerset grown by Steven Pearce and buff willow grown and prepared by Musgrove's Willows who are also 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, print out the booking form and send, with a cheque for the full amount, to Sue Kirk (address is on the contact page). You will then receive more details about the workshop and a map.

The cost of the workshop includes materials except for three day workshops. On 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.

Throughout the year we use our home grown willow to create bespoke basketry and large scale outdoor sculpture. 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.

We also have a Facebook page. So you can keep up to date with workshop news and information about current basketry exhibitions and articles about other basketmakers. There are also links to other related pages such as basketry, weaving, crafts and local arts organisations.

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One Day Workshops

£65.00 per person. Bring your own lunch. Materials included. All these workshops are suitable for beginners, intermediates and advanced students.

SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY LIVING WILLOW SCULPTURES
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.
SATURDAY 4TH MARCH - FULL BASKETMAKING
An open workshop, come along and make a basket or you may have a basket to finish. Or you can practice bases, handles or borders.
SATURDAY 6TH MAY - FULL BIRD SCULPTURE
SUNDAY 7TH MAY - FULL 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 20TH MAY - FULL DRAGONFLIES, BIRD HOUSES,
CLIMBERS & 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 7TH OCTOBER - FULL BASKETMAKING
An open workshop, come along and make a basket or you may have a basket to finish. Or you can practice bases, handles or borders.
SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER - FULL FRAME AND INTERLACED BASKETS
Frame baskets are made using hoops and ribs to construct the form of the basket, they are then woven using a rand weave. You can make them with or without a handle. Interlaced baskets are also made by weaving over a framework of hoops. A hazel handle can also be added. There will be a variety of coloured willows available to weave with.
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Weekend Workshops

Cost £130.00 per person, vegetarian lunch is provided. Materials are included. All workshops suitable for Beginners, intermediates and advanced students.

SAT 11TH & SUN 12TH MARCH BASKETMAKING
SAT 10TH & SUN 11TH JUNE BASKETMAKING
SAT 23RD & SUN 24TH SEPT. - FULL BASKETMAKING
Spend the weekend submerged in basketmaking! We use a variety of willows. 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.
SAT 22ND &/OR SUN 23RD APRIL GARDEN STRUCTURES
One day £65, both days £130.
(SEE SAT 20TH MAY FOR DETAILS). This class is so popular that we have added two extra days this year. 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 (see the Blake's Hotel photo). There will be a variety of structures to make throughout the weekend or you could try out your own design.
SAT 8TH & SUN 9TH JULY - FULL SCULPTURE WEEKEND
SAT 4TH & SUN 5TH NOVEMBER - FULL SCULPTURE WEEKEND
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 to create a sculpture of your choice. Learn how to create surface texture with the willow 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.
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Three Day Workshops

Cost £170 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!

This workshop is suitable for Beginners, Intermediates & Advanced students. Throughout the three days you can work on any project you choose.

WED 22ND, THUR 23RD & FRI 24TH MAR SPRING SCHOOL
WED 21ST, THUR 22ND & FRI 23RD JUN SUMMER 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.