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Gardener’s Willow Tool / Foraging Basket

25 January 2024 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm GMT




The perfect introduction to basketry & you will go home with an elegant basket made from beautiful willow & incorporating interesting traditional/contemporary weaves.

Working from a ply base the difficult job of ‘upsetting’ (putting in the upright stakes evenly spaced) the basket is already done for you- it also means that you have a sturdy base to put on the ground in your garden & know your sharp tools wont ‘escape’ through the bottom!

You will spend the day learning weaves & finish off with a trac border. Leather short strap or hazel handle may be attached if you wish. An easy start to learning the traditional craft of basketry. Please note for those who work at a slower pace there will be a simpler version of the weave/border.

Please note that this workshops assumes that you are able to move around the room/stand for periods of time & have good mobility in your hands/fingers. Should you need any assistance with this or need adaptations before the workshop please make us aware.


About the Tutor

Rachel is a professionally qualified teacher, willow basket, stained glass & natural cosmetics maker. She specialises in producing practical items from plants & willows foraged, coppiced, or grown for their specific properties. A lover of all things natural she also works as a woodland ranger in Sheffield. Rachel regularly exhibits/demonstrates at large events nationally & teaches for a number of organisations including the RHS & Musgrove Willows.


Timetable of the day

09:30     A warm welcome to @:Toolerstone with refreshments
10:00     Introduction to willow weaving
10:15     Starting to make your basket
11:00     Coffee will be served
13:00.    Delicious homemade, lunch in the refectory
14:00     Continue making
15.15     Refreshments
15.30     Finishing off the border & trimming
16:30     Workshop ends but, you can take your creations home!


What is included?

  • All materials & tools
  • Aprons are provided for the day if required
  • Refreshments & a delicious lunch
  • Free onsite car parking
  • The most important bit, is your very own creations to take home


What do I need to bring?

  • Glasses (if you need them for close-up work)
  • Notebook & pen if you wish to make notes but e-notes & links will be sent after the workshop

Experience level

We welcome all levels of experience from beginners to the enthusiastic professional.


25 January 2024
9:30 am - 3:30 pm GMT
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Toolerstone House
Norley Road
Sandiway, Cheshire CW8 2JN United Kingdom
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