Willow Kitchen Herb Pot Planter One Day Workshop with Louise Brown

Course overview

Spend some creative and reflective time in the beautiful surroundings of Merrist Wood creating a bespoke woven planter to store your kitchen herbs in. Basketmaking is an ancient craft that is enjoying a resurgence as many of us discard our plastic bags in favour of something more sustainable. Baskets and other items woven from English willow are not just environmentally friendly, but naturally beautiful. Their creation requires makers to slow down, shut out the outside world and enjoy the quiet concentration this rustic craft demands.

On this one-day workshop, you will learn how to weave a very simple vessel suitable for holding a supermarket-bought live herb plant, so much lovelier on your windowsill than a standard plastic pot!

Please note there is an additional payment of £8 to cover the cost of the willow which is to be paid directly to the tutor on the day.

The design of this planter has been simplified so that complete beginners can achieve the planter in a relatively short space of time. It has a very simple base so that most of your time is devoted to creating the ‘siding’, the part you actually see! You will learn one of the most essential basketmaking weaves to create the siding and at the same time how to keep control of your upright stakes to maintain the overall shape of the planter. Finally, we will add a simple ‘trac’ border top and bottom and the interior base.

At the end of the day, you will go home with a beautiful herb pot planter, and if you are a very quick worker you might be able to make a second.

This is a very hands-on practical workshop! Every step will be described and demonstrated by the tutor, first to the group as a whole and also one-to-one as required. Some techniques require lots of repetition, others are quick to learn, so the pace of the workshop varies from person to person, group to group. The tutor will move around the group, offering guidance and encouragement, to ensure you achieve the best possible results.

  • £8 to cover the cost of the willow
  • A work apron, or wear old clothes (sometimes the damp bark of the willow can be a bit messy)
  • No open-toed sandals, please
  • Notebook and pen, should you wish to make notes.
  • Packed Lunch and refreshments

All the basketmaking tools are provided for your use by the tutor.

You will be working with willow rods that have been soaked in water to restore their pliability. Whilst they are relatively soft, you do need some manual strength to coax them into position when you are weaving. A few students find this hard on their hands, usually if they suffer from arthritis. If this is you, take short breaks and work at your own pace, there is absolutely no rush!

Tutor Profile:

My name is Louise Brown and I have been involved in basketmaking for twenty years. I have a City & Guilds in Basketmaking, followed by a teaching qualification, and have been running my own workshops and teaching in adult education for around five years. I absolutely love sharing my craft with others and have infinite patience which ensures all students achieve the best possible results. I draw immense pleasure seeing students develop from complete novices to competent makers.

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