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Willow Basket Weaving Workshop

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Learn the art of basket weaving in the Lovely Greens Willow Basket Workshop on November 12th. Includes an introduction to willow growing on a nature reserve, sustainable harvesting, and step-by-step guidance on creating a beautiful basket from scratch.

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Learn to weave your own handmade willow basket using locally foraged willow switches. Workshop taught by Tanya Anderson of Lovely Greens and Isle of Man willow legend, John Dog Callister.

Workshop to take place at 10 am on Saturday, November 12th, 2022

If you have ever wanted to know how to weave a basket, now is your opportunity. For one day only, Lovely Greens is hosting the willow basket weaving workshop on the Isle of Man. It begins with an introduction to willow, and you’ll learn hands-on how to harvest enough for your basket project. You’ll then be instructed, step-by-step, how to weave a simple basket.

You will go home from the workshop with your own handmade willow basket

The workshop will take approximately five to six hours, and by the end, you’ll go home with at least one piece. You can use it as a home decoration or as a basket to collect eggs, harvest vegetables, or forage for wild food. It’s a sturdy piece that will last years, if not decades. This is a workshop hosted by Tanya of Lovely Greens, and she will also be on hand to welcome you and help you successfully weave a willow basket. Each participant will go home with their own handmade basket made with freshly harvested willow. You will be welcome to make more pieces if you finish early and if there’s enough willow left.

Willow Basket Weaving Workshop
The lesson is being hosted with John “Dog” Callister

Details on the Willow Basket Workshop

The basket you’ll make in the workshop will be round, and the final size will be approximately 18″ in diameter and 12″ in height. If you’d like a different size, you can discuss this with John Dog on the day. The willow may come in a range of colours including yellow, red, green, and brown. All of the colors will fade and darken over time into natural tones of light brown to chocolate. You can also attach a handle if you’d like or leave it without, whichever you prefer.

The lesson will be at the Ballanette estate in Baldrine, and directions will be provided after booking. Hosted by Lovely Greens, tickets are limited to just 20 for the event. The class will be held both outdoors and inside a cosy barn. Warm drinks and nibbles will be provided, and Tanya from Lovely Greens will be on hand to help too. Lovely Greens is also hosting with John Dog with the Natural Christmas Wreath Workshop (December) and the Willow Garden Obelisk Workshop (January).

Weaving the base of the basket in the willow basket workshop


5 reviews for Willow Basket Weaving Workshop

  1. Angela (verified owner)

    What a lovely day! I really, really enjoyed it and my basket now has pride of place in my front porch holding hats, scarves and mittens – right on hand for brisk dog walks!

    Great vibe, great instruction and plentiful supplies – plus the fun of harvesting your own willow!

    Highly recommended.

  2. Marina Boles (verified owner)

    The willow basket weaving workshop was such a fun way to spend the day. It was very well organised, the instruction was excellent and there was plenty of help on hand for everyone. It was a thoroughly satisfying and creative day.

  3. emma short (verified owner)

    What a lovely way to spend an afternoon! John Dog and Tanya were wonderful hosts and we came away with two fabulous baskets!

  4. Rebecca

    Wonderful workshop, really informative. I’d highly recommend it, I’m thrilled to bits with my basket! Great if you want to learn a new skill or as a gift for a crafty loved one. Tanya and everyone else involved were amazing and helpful, I’d go to another workshop in a heartbeat ❤️

  5. Ann Atkinson (verified owner)

    What a fun way to spend a day. I really enjoyed having a hands on day making my basket. The course instructors were extremely patient and helpful. There was a lovely vibe to the course. Do remember your secateurs and your packed lunch. Great end product – I am using my beautiful basket for toiletries. Thank you Tanya, Dog John and team. AnnX

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