Willow Shopping Basketry Weekend Course – 15/16Feb
10:00pm – 4:30pm, 15 & 16th February
Students will learn all the fundamental techniques of basket making, completing a traditional willow shopping basket over the weekend. We will work on understanding the structure of a basket, and practise selecting the correct grade of willow for each part of the basket, using Scottish and English grown willows. Techniques taught will include tying the slath, pairing weave, joins, staking up, pull down wale, 3 rod waling, randing, trac or rod border, making a handle bow and handle wrapping.
We will be making a shopping basket over the weekend. We will cover all the fundamental techniques of basket making. The first morning will be spent making the base of the basket: cutting stout ‘slath sticks’ and weaving around them to tie them together, then opening them out using a ‘pairing’ weave, until the base has reached a suitable diameter of around 7-10”.
In the afternoon we will ‘stake up’ the bases- selecting suitable matching rods to form the skeleton of the sides and turn down into the border to finish the basket at the end- and start to weave the sides. There will be an opportunity to experiment with colour in the sides of the baskets, using different varieties of willows grown for their varied bark colours. Students will be able to progress to faster more advanced weaves on the sides if they wish, such as French and English randing.
Day two will see us finishing off the sides of the baskets, using the weaves learnt the day before, and weaving the ‘border’, where the stakes are bent down in turn and woven in and out of each other progressively to lock it all off. Then we will form handle bows from very large stout willows (hopefully found on the croft!) to insert into the side weaving forming the core of the basket handle, which we will then wrap with fine willows to finish off.
The basket will be based on extremely time served traditional design, and given due care should be outlasting you to hand down the generations!
We will work on understanding the structure of a basket, and practise selecting the correct grade of willow for each part of the basket, using Scottish and English grown willows.
Techniques taught will include tying the slath, pairing weave, joins, staking up, pull down wale, 3 rod waling, randing, trac or rod border, making a handle bow and handle wrapping.
Croft Carbon College Education Space, Annex 2 Davidson House, 57 Queen Charlotte St, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 4BZ
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£75 per person – To receive a concessionary rate please use 25Basket upon checkout.
A concessionary rate is available for the following:
- LCCiP Croft members
- Full time students
- Anyone in receipt of the following
- disability allowance
- Carer’s allowance
- Job seekers allowance.
To qualify for a concessionary fee you must be eligible at the time of the course and will be required to provide satisfactory evidence of such.
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 2 Days
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 4
- Assessments Yes