Basket weaving This workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn the stake and strand technique of basket weaving. It is ideal for beginners and those with some weaving experience. In your one day workshop you will make your very own basket using traditional English weaving techniques. Watch how a bundle of willow rods develop into a unique practical basket to take home with you. For your session, we’ll provide: · A choice of colours and types of willow to weave with (golden, green or brown) all grown either here in Coverack or in the Somerset levels. · All the specialist tools and materials needed to make your basket · Tea, Coffee and biscuits · Close tuition from qualified trainer Vanessa (all our groups are small – with a maximum of 8 people) Session length: 09.30-16.30 Price: £60 per person Lunch is not provided but you are welcome to bring a pack lunch. Alternatively you could place an order with the harbour lights cafe next door. https://www.harbourlightscafecoverack.co.uk/ Willow weaving can get a bit messy so please bring an apron or clothes you don't mind getting mucky!
After moving to Cornwall 6 years ago I became fascinated with Cornish social history. Then I learnt that some of the willow in our garden had been planted for lobster pot and basket weaving. This set me on a path to learn more. After attending willow weaving courses and studying this traditional skill I fell in love with everything willow. I am passionate about willow and have a background in teaching and art so you could say I fell into holding workshops. Well I’m very glad I did, as there is nothing better than seeing the look on someone’s face when a bunch of withies ( willow rods) develop into something beautiful, practical and sustainable. The workshops have been running for over a year in the pretty village of Coverack, using willow from my garden as well as the Somerset levels.
Tea, coffee and water
The workshop will take place at St Peters Hall, in the picturesque village of Coverack. The hall is in the middle of the village with a stunning sea view.
Apron or clothes that you don’t mind getting mucky.
There is a car park on the right as you enter the village. This is a donation car park which is a short 2 min walk to St Peters Hall. Leave the car park and head towards the sea, turn left and you will find the hall on the right after the Harbour Lights Cafe.
Weave a willow basket