Basketmaking, chair seating and willow work

Willow basketmaking with Mary Butcher

Ref: S1D08898


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About this course

Appreciate the special qualities of willow as you learn to weave two small items and incorporate colour patterns in your design.

Course Description

Learn how to make willow bowls or platters, and appreciate the special qualities of willow. You can expect to complete two small items in the day. Using fine willow with bark, peeled white and rusty rich buff, you can incorporate colour patterns in the weaving, if you wish. Discussion about modern-day basket making and notes about the growing, harvesting and preparation of the material will provide some background. Books will be available in the workshop to offer further ideas.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Willow, other materials and tools will be provided for use on the course.

What students need to bring

  • Please wear suitable clothing, bring an apron and sturdy covered footwear (no sandals) for this practical day.

Please note: If left-handed you will be taught to work to the left. If you have wrist, finger or elbow pain - please note you could have problems with this course.


Mary Butcher

Mary Butcher is a basketmaker, exhibition curator, writer and teacher. She held a prestigious crafts residency at the V&A's Sackler Centre in 2009. Recent exhibitions include 'This Beloved Earth', The Barony, West Kilbride, Scotland, 'Basketry Making Human Nature' at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich 2012, Re-Making the Past from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and tour, 2014 (a study in Bronze Age Creativity) and 'Dimensions' in Denmark, 2016. She received an MBE for services to basketmaking in 2012 and one of two Crafts Skills Champions Awards in 2013.

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