Workshops Autumn Winter 2022

Using the season for inspiration we will work with willow grown in Shropshire and as Christmas approaches freshly cut willow and dogwood will be used to bring colour into our festive creations.

All workshops will be held in Maesbrook Village Hall SY10 8QW
Workshop numbers are small to make sure everyone gets the support and attention they need in order to complete their project.

To book or find out more about any of the workshops email

Gathering Baskets fully booked (this workshop will run again in Spring 2023)
Fri 30 Sept 9.30-4pm £45

woven willow frame basket

This workshop will focus on the skills and techniques used to make a traditional frame basket.  Weaving around willow hoops you will create an open or closed style of gathering basket.  These attractive baskets are ideal for collecting eggs or when harvesting fruit and vegetables.
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Willow Birdfeeders/Garlic Holders
Fri 21 Oct 10 – 3pm £40

Willow birdfeeder or garlic holder

This workshop will introduce a number of weaving techniques to create birdfeeders suitable for fatballs or seed. During the day you will make at least two different styles of birdfeeder which can also be used in the kitchen to store garlic or small utensils.
Hot drinks will be provided but you will need to bring a packed lunch.

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Catalan Tension Tray or trivet
Sat 22 Oct 10-1pm £30

Based on the Catalan technique for making basket bases – rods are woven over a frame and ribs to create a firm tray or trivet. Depending on size they can make beautiful fruit or bread platters, heat proof trivet or a coaster for your favourite mug or teapot.
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Willow Bark Weaving
Sat 22 Oct 2-4.30pm £30

Willow bark is cropped in mid summer and dried. Like willow rods it is soaked before use becoming pliable and easy to use. You will learn how to harvest bark and store and then make a small pot or coaster.

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Trees and reindeers – festive decorations limited spaces
Fri 25 Nov 9.30-12.30pm or 1.30-4.30pm £30 per session or £50 for the full day

Add a natural look to your Christmas this year by creating decorations out of willow, dogwood and other natural materials. Learn to flat weave Christmas trees, reindeers or candle rings or you could make some festive bunting.
If you attend both sessions you will be able to make several items to decorate your home or give as presents .
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Festive rings and wreaths
Sat 26 Nov 10- 12.30 or 1.30-4pm £30 per session or £50 for the full day

Weave a festive ring using willow, dogwood and other natural materials. Dried flower heads, and lots of different greenery will be provided to decorate your ring but if you want baubles, ribbon or to add something shiny please bring them along – or you can add them later.
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Twinkle, twinkle willow star
Fri 2 Dec 9.30-12.30 £30

Bring a natural sparkle to the festive season. Weave a large willow star or create lots of smaller stars and make some festive bunting.
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Christmas tree skirt
Fri 2 Dec 1.30-4.30pm £40

Weave a circular willow cover to hide your Christmas tree stand or bucket and then next year use it in the garden to cover plastic pots of flowering bulbs or salad leaves.
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All workshops are held in Maesbrook Village Hall, Maesbrook, Oswestry SY10 8QW click here for map

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Private workshops for groups can be organised and delivered at your home or at Maesbrook Village Hall get in touch to discuss options