Previous willow workshops 2018

Hello  and welcome to information about the workshops that I have provided so far this year 2018 this will give you a flavour of what will be on offer in 2019

 Half Day workshops

All half day workshops cost £45 and run from 9.30 -1.30 picture of wiloow balls , round and ovalCreate a willow globe /  sphere , 1/2 day workshop , this is  a great introduction  to willow sculpture not only will you create a lovely item , you will gain some of the skills that you will help you to create larger items. Date 24th February Venue Belmont Hall, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh

Create a random/open weave basket  1/2 day workshop  a great introduction to creating sculptural baskets that are  just that little bit different. Date postponed 

Create a small wild bird  -  have fun creating a woodpecker or kingfisher or similar, a lovely  introduction to sculpting birds. Date 9th  June Venue Belmont Hall, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh

Beginers/ intermediate Full Day workshops

The full day workshops aimed at  beginners / but are also suitable for those with some experience .Please note that the level of detail that you will achieve will depend on your level of experience.


picture of willow heron and curlew

Wading bird  workshop Create a curlew, egrets , heron or similar wading bird.

Students will be learning a variety of techniques including random reave and simple basket making  techniques to create their sculptures,, the birds legs are encased in steel rods to enable them to  be placed in the ground .

Date  10th March.  Venue Hildene Centre, West End , Eastleigh, Southampton   10am – 4pm, £70

Garden willow sculpture  – a full day creating a range of garden items including, obelisks, plant climbers , bird feeders, plant trellises and the like. Date Saturday 28th April 9.30 -4.30 pm, £65. Venue  The D@rt Centre Wildern School , Hedge End. To book a place please contact the centre directly (details below) PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT ELIGABLE FOR CRAFT COURSE VOUCHERS

picture of willow duck and chicken Domestic birds Create a willow duck or chicken sculpture for your garden.  Date 12th May Venue The Botley Centre, Botley near Hedge End 10am – 4pm, £70



 Creatures of the forest full day workshops

Pigs in a line created by students

Create a  cute piglet/ small pig  for your garden ,

Date 14th July, 10 -5pm Venue Hilldene Community Centre, West End Eastleigh  Fee £75 


photo of willow deer Deer created by students
Willow deer workshop







Introduction to willow sculpture wildlife crafts

 Saturday 15th  September. £45 , 10.00-2.00

 Create a little bird, a fish and a snail for your garden or home. I am often asked to provide a workshop for people who want to make some small small willow items suitable for the garden or the home which they can then share with others, so with this in mind I am offering the opportunity to learn a range of smaller items for the garden, and ideal for the total beginner, You will have the opportunity to make several of each .

4 willow pig sculptures made by students at my workshop

Willow pig workshop, Saturday 29th September £75, 10 – 5.

Create a cute willow piglet or small pig from willow ,a great introduction to sculpting animals You will learn a number of techniques including  random weave and basic basketry techniques.

pic of small willow birdhouse /feederSmall willow birdhouse workshop Saturday  20th October at the D@rt Centre, Hedge End. £45, 9,30am  -1.30pm

As the cold weather draws in and wild food becomes scarce this is the time of year when we like to do what we can to help the local birdlife. A great way to do this is to create a small bird house  from willow . The type of entrance that you create will vary depending on the type of birds that you want to attract and can be small or large as shown here.  A great introduction to basic basket making techniques. To book a place please contact the D@rt Centre PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR CRAFT COURSE VOUCHERS Contact

FAMILY WORKSHOP  Willow Flower and fish  workshop Thursday 25th October (Half term). 10am – 1pm at  Making Space, Havant near Portsmouth. For school children with their families/ carers .

For children aged 6 years and over with a parent/carer please note that there is a max of 2 children accompanied by one adult



Create a cute willow deer or one that is more happy in the woodlands  

Date Saturday 28th July  10am – 5pm , Venue Otterbourne Village Hall, Otterbourne  near Winchester Fee £75

Create a willow deer/ reindeer 2 day workshop at Surrey Wildlife Trust November 10th and 11th. 10am – 4pm on both days  members £150. non-members £162

Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve located Near Leatherhead Surrey for further details visit

Create  either a traditional reindeer or a deer with antlers if you have your own antlers you are welcome to use them or make your own out of willow, either will be a delight to behold just in time for Christmas. Please note that you will be creating a medium sized animal so allow enough room in your car to get it home .PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT ELIGABLE FOR CRAFT COURSE VOUCHERS

Create a small willow deer/reindeer   Friday 23rd November

pic of small willow reindeerThe Production House, Wells Place Eastleigh ,

10 am – 5 pm,  £75.

Create  either a traditional reindeer or a deer with antlers found in a woodland, a delight to behold just in time for Christmas.

Create a willow  penguin    Saturday  8th December

photo of 2 willow penguinsVenue: 10th Itchen North (West End) Scout Hall, West End Southampton  10 am – 4pm, £70

Create something  a little bit different.We will be using two colours of willow to make one of the most quirkiest  of birds.



Christmas Crafts at the D@rt Centre, Hedge End, December 15th,  9,30 am -4,30pm, £65

We will be creating a selection if Christmas themed items just in time to include them in your festivity’s, items include wreaths, stars, mini angels and Christmas trees.

A  light ploughmans  lunch is provided. Places must be booked by 13th December

To book a place please contact the D@rt Centre