Scottish Craft School, Dunblane.

23rd – 25th July, 2024.

Join master basket weaver Anna Liebmann for three fun and sociable days of Willow Basketry Summer School and create a selection of willow masterpieces. With Annas expert help we will learn all the fundamental techniques of basketmaking, completing a traditional willow shopping basket and then a selection of other small projects over the course. Your completed shopping basket will be based on an extremely time served traditional design, and given due care should be outlasting you to hand down the generations! There will be lots of opportunity to experiment with colour in the sides of the baskets, using different varieties of willows grown for their varied bark colours. Once we’ve completed our shopping baskets we’ll move on to learn a few of Anna’s smaller projects such as platters, woven stars, or nut baskets.

We will work on understanding the structure of baskets, and practise selecting the correct grade of willow for each part of the basket, using Scottish and English grown willows. Techniques taught will include tying the slath, pairing weave, joins, staking up, pull down wale or foot border, 3 rod waling, randing, trac or rod border border, making a handle bow and handle wrapping.

Our Willow Basketry Summer School is suitable for both beginners and improvers. It’s a great place to start if you’ve never woven with willow before, or if you’ve taken one of Anna’s classes with us already this is a brilliant additional skill to add to your basket weaving repertoire.

10am – 4pm

For more information and to book visit Scottish Craft School
Craft Central, High Street, Dunblane, FK15 0EE

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