Willow weaving

 I grow most of the willow and buy in extra willow rods. 

The willow is used fresh at the beginning of the year then stored, dried

and re-soaked for use in later months. I am also experimenting with using

mixed materials, adding various dried grasses and rushes.

The aim is simple -  to have fun while learning a new skill; we always reach a point of peaceful activity, when I can rest my voice and the class works away busily,  accompanied by much general chatting as the group get to know each other.

Willow is a wonderfully forgiving material and everyone goes away with their original creations!

The group size is limited in order that everyone can get individual assistance with plenty of space, a maximum of 6 people.

Until I settle into my new home courses are limited, but I will always try and accomodate any requests!

Willow baskets -

A 2 day course, suitable for beginners.

The aim is to produce a simple basket, which gives you the techniques needed for practically any willow weaving. Warning; It can be addictive! 

I used to do this course in one somewhat tiring day which frequently over-ran into the evening - not very relaxing for those with no craft experience... The two day format, 10-4pm each day, allows everyone to breathe occasionally!

Having given all the pro's of a 2 day course,  due to peoples' work pressures, we're now going

for a long 1 day course, bring sugary energy snacks...!

Cost for 1 day, run from the Big Barn at Tanyfron

£70 per person

October 10th, 3 places currently available, get in touch asap!

You can, if already skilled in craft work, learn to do a basket in one day - and I am

happy for you to progress at your own pace to achieve this.

The format was changed with good reason however!

Feel free to call me and have a chat about what is possible.


Tan y fron



SY21 0HA

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What to bring

You will need the layered clothing appropriate to Welsh

weather as we will be in an unheated barn-  perhaps bring

fingerless gloves if you have them.

I can provide drinks and biscuits only, so bring your own lunch.


I have several pairs of secateurs, which will be sharp (N.B.!) If you have your

own do bring them, we can sharpen them as necessary.

An old knife is useful too. 

All necessary materials are included in the course prices.

October 10th

Always open to other suggestions!


(Costs footnote; when I'm running workshops at the Plas, with more facilities - lots of loos, kitchen etc - I obviously pay for these facilities. When running workshops from home, the costs are reduced.)




Willow 1st sorting.JPG
progressing nicely.jpg
willow obelisk.jpg
mini hurdle 2.jpg
christmas trees on sticks!.jpg
small basket.jpg
mini hurdle 3.jpg
wastepaper basket a.jpg
large shopping basket.jpg
mixed stages.jpg
Everyone did so well!.jpg
It's quite hard on the fingers....jpg
I try and grow a good selection of willo
They're all unique!.jpg
Almost finished this one.jpg
Justifiably proud of 1st basket !.jpg
A super neat 1st basket!.jpg
and a side view.jpg
this one has a lovely curve to it.jpg

A few pictures of the 2019 courses. All unique - and really excellent results after all their efforts!

Karins' basket.jpg

Feel free to contact me for any queries

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