Here is the list of willow courses that we can teach. Courses can be designed for ‘Team Building’ and ‘Fun Days’ as well as for creative projects. We can travel anywhere to run a course and are available for bookings from museums, art galleries and countryside centres. We can also teach one day courses at Schools and Colleges.
See the News page for dates of small informal courses to be held at our workshop in Endmoor, Kendal, Cumbria
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Living Willow Sculptures & Garden Creations
Living willow has rapidly become a popular garden art form for children’s play areas & for creating shade & wildlife habitat in gardens. Learn basketry techniques and have a go at making a variety of living structures such as domes, tunnels, arbors and other living garden features. You will be able to make a small living structure to take home and will work in groups to create larger scale structures. Learn how to prepare and grow willow.
Enjoy an inspiring day of willow design. Learn how to make garden structures and willow edgings. Using simple techniques learn how to weave and prepare willow rods to create unique garden features. Fill your garden with your own garden plant supports and useful structures.
Figurative Woven Forms
Learn to create sculptural forms for the garden or indoor display. Blending traditional basketry skills learn to weave and design contemporary figures or animals. Because of its flexibility willow is a wonderful medium and contemporary art form. You will also learn how to create a willow framework and master the random weave.
Willow Animal Creations
Learn how to make birds and animals, such as pheasants and pigs
from soaked willow rods. You will learn how to prepare dried”withies” or willow
sticks and how to create frameworks for weaving into a willow creature.
Willow sculptures can be used as either indoor or garden installations. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners or experience willow weavers. You will learn how to build up a basic framework and cover it with weave using some basic willow weaving techniques. enthusiasm and imagination are all that you need to bring with you. We will be using a few simple tools such as secateurs and bodkins provided on the day. The techniques that you will learn can be applied to other materials and can be scaled up for large site-specific installations
Traditional Willow baskets
Willowor ‘wicker’ baskets are made from the shoots of the willow tree. Learn how to prepare ‘withies’ for weaving & complete a traditional basket using a variety of basketry weaves.
Celtic Frame Baskets
Traditionally made from green willow for fruit pickers and farm workers. These rustic baskets are constructed using hoops, ribs and willow weavers. The course teaches students how to chose and prepare weaving material and everyone goes home with a completed basket.
Using colorful stems and materials gathered from winter hedgerows and gardens, weave beautiful baskets. This course teaches students how to weave a round ‘stake-and-strand’ basket starting with a woven base and finishing off with a ‘trac’ border.
Willow Wreaths, Balls and Stars
This is a festive workshop which is very popular with flower arrangers.
Using dogwood, willow and freshly gathered holly, larch sprays and other natural materials. Make decorative wreaths, balls, and stars.
Workshops for Children
Children’s workshops are popular with schools and community groups. Most workshops are suitable for children from age 7 upwards.
Various children’s workshops include, hearts, fish, simple baskets, lanterns and other willow shapes.
We can arrange a wide variety of willow workshops by demand, as long as we have a minimum of 10-12 people, the person that organizes the course goes free! Often people host a course in their gardens, local schools or hire a village hall. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
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cheques payable to: Willowpool Designs 9 Weston Houses Endmoor, Nr Kendal Cumbria LA8 0HA