Willow weaving workshops

Welcome to the willow weaving workshop page

I offer a variety of different activities both during the week and on weekends and I also provide bespoke activities for groups/organizations./ schools etc and work on larger bespoke projects. and provide a range of private workshops for  small groups etc

If you are interested in attending a class please read the FAQ  section at the bottom of the page  before you book a place, I am regularly offering other activities if you would like to be added to my mailing list to receive my occasional newsletter please contact me 

Current Activities 

 

Willow Pheasant Workshop at Jabe Austens House Chawton

pheasant willow sculpture

£130  Saturday 24 September
9:30am — 5:00pm

Details We will be creating our pheasant sculptures from willow grown in the Somerset levels; the pheasant will have stainless steel legs which you can fix into the ground or into a wooden base.

The birds are suitable for keeping indoors or outdoors.

All materials and tools will be provided. As part of the day, you’ll also enjoy a private guided tour of Jane Austen’s House, and learn about the Austen family’s rural life.

Willow work can be tiring so we’ll also keep you going throughout the day with endless cups of tea, plenty of cake, and a light lunch.

This workshop is suitable for beginners. To book a place 

Willow hare workshop

£75, Saturday 1st October 10 am -4.30 pm

Chandler’s Ford Community Centre, Hursley Rd, Chandler’s Ford Eastleigh

Create a sitting hare, an animal steeped in mystery and storytelling, and a lovely addition to your home or garden. You can create your hare with its ears down and looking upwards to the heavens or ears up facing forward.

You will learn a variety of techniques including a variety of basketry techniques and freeform weaving to create your sculpture

to book a place 

Create your very own Mrs Tiggy-winkle (Willow hedgehog)  

£70 Thursday 20th October 10am -4.40 pm Burley Village Hall Pound Lane Burley Ringwood New Forest

Hedgehogs Hedgepigs, Furzey pigs are one of the U.Ks  favorite wild creatures, and with so many folktales and stories here is your opportunity to create one of the most elusive creatures of your own.

  to book a place 

 

Birdfeeder  workshop  

£45– Thursday 27th October, 9.30 am – 2.30 pm  at the GAF Centre in Old Bursledon near Southampton

Join me to create three hanging  birdfeeders   one cone-shaped and two spiral versions one with a handle as shown here and the other  on a pole to stick to the ground

Materials, use of equipment, and light refreshments are included in the price of these workshops Please bring your own packed lunch.

To book a place.

 

Owl workshop

£75, Saturday 29th October 10 am – 5 pm

 Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane , Wickham ( Nr Fareham)  .

With the autumn and winter months, we are so aware of our local wildlife. Join to make your very own standing or flying owl willow sculpture.
You will learn a variety of techniques including random weave and simple basket-making techniques to create your own individual sculptures. All materials and equipment are provided, we will be using brown willow which is suitable for going outside. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.

to book a place 

Penguin workshop

photo of willow penguin sculpture made by student

 £8o,10th December 10 am – 5 pm, Chandlers Ford Community Cente,  Chandlers Ford  nr Eastleigh/ Winchester

I just so love penguins and so do my students, they are such quirky creations and something different for Christmas or indeed any other time of the year.
to register interest please email me,

It is possible for a beginner to create a penguin however as we all work at different speeds you may find that you will need to carry on working on your creation at home to fill it in, if you do not feel that confident I would recommend that attend one of the small sculpture workshops first to book a place 

Stag /reindeer head workshop

£80,Burley Village Hall  Ringwood 19th November 10am – 5pm 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create a lovely willow stag/ reindeer head for your home or garden you will be using a variety of techniques including random weave or interlacing techniques to create the head totally with willow

 It is possible for a beginner to make a stags head,  however, as we all work at different speeds you may find that you will need to carry on working on your creation at home to fill it in if you do not feel that confident I would recommend that attend one of the small sculpture workshops first to book a place 

Christmas decorations workshop

November and December

photo of small willow christmas decorations

Suitable for any level 

Half-day workshop  £45  9.30 am -2. 3 0 pm 

Join me to create a number of small items including Christmas trees, stars, and   rush angel/fairy

To book a place

  Christmas decorations evening workshops 

Each session will run for 2.5 hours from 6.30 – 9pm ,

Topics will include stars, Christmas trees, and rush fairies/angels.

Fee £25 and  £22.50 per session for 2 or more activities 

Details to be added soon.

 

  Venue for small group workshop maximum 3 -4 attendees

at Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve, Hill Head, Fareham

This lovely venue overlooks  the Solent along Hill Head beach and also has a lovely in-house cafe

  Please contact me to discuss potential dates during the week an ideal activity for a woodpecker below or a small bee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more details about the Titchfield Haven  https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryparks/titchfield

 Please note that access is the workshop venue is via stairs. Parking is a short walk away which you will need to pay for.

 

Public workshops that I have already provided this year

  • Birdfeeders at the D@rt Centre Hedge End and Tudor House Museum
  • Bee sculpture workshop Burley Village Hall x 2 ,  The Anvil Theatre Basingstoke and several private workshops
  • Create a  willow obelisk /plant climbing frame and a  dragonfly/ butterfly for your garden   Shawford Winchester and Jane Austen House Chawton
  • Create a living  willow harlequin tree Aldermoor Community Farm
  • Duck, duck goose -willow workshop  Chandlers Ford Eastleigh
  • Willow Hares at Wickham Community Centre and several private workshops
  • Willow woodpecker/kingfisher workshop   Tudor House Museum and Gardens  Southampton and Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve

 

BEFORE BOOKING PLEASE READ

The workshops on this page are suitable for all levels of experience and are available to adults.  You will need to have good hand strength and dexterity if this is a problem for you please contact me before booking a place to discuss.

To book a place in my workshops you can pay via my online  shop or in the link in the index above, if you prefer to pay by a bank transfer etc please contact me

If the places are full then I often keep a waiting list and if there is enough interest I will organize another date. If you would like to keep updated simply email me and I will add your details to my mailing list.

I am happy to arrange private workshops for small groups during the week,  if you are interested in finding out more check out my bespoke workshops page.

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