Two days of Willow Weaving - dates to be confirmed for the spring 2021
Join us on a beautiful organic farm in the Cotswolds for one or two days willow weaving, with or without accommodation
WITH TUTOR NORAH KENNEDY
Saturday - Willow structures for the garden
Sunday - A Day to make a Basket
Staying on the farm includes organic vegetarian breakfast(s) and a two course supper on saturday evening. Arrive from 5.30pm on Friday. Checkout from bedrooms 10.30 Sunday morning.
“Willow Structures for the Garden”
Have you ever looked at structures in garden centres and thought to yourself – I could do that if only I had the right material and tools – well now is your chance! We will start with a tall wigwam shape suitable for sweet peas or beans, then there will be a fan shaped support that could go against a wall or fence, perhaps you would like to make a little trellis or small hurdle and then if there is some time left you could finish with an attractive bird feeder or dragonfly. All materials and tools are supplied by the tutor so you do not need to bring anything BUT PLEASE leave plenty of space in your car for the journey home – some of the structures are
A light organic vegetarian lunch and tea/coffee included in the day.
Please bring £20 per person for materials to pay to tutor on this day.
“A Day to Make a Basket”
On this enjoyable one day course you can expect to make a small round based basket with a handle. Using some old basketmaking techniques and different varieties and colours of willow you will produce your own unique basket suitable for fruit or vegetables and return home with a sense of achievement.
Tools and materials supplied by the tutor
Please bring £15 per person on this day for materials to pay to tutor on the day.
Norah made her first basket nearly thirty years ago and then trained with Swindon based basketmaker Bryn Mathews and has travelled to study the work of basketmakers in Ireland and Poland.
Norah is now a full time basketmaker and tutor – teaching day and residential courses all year round She works to commission in addition to producing a range of baskets for sale and has expanded her range to include willow Christmas decorations, garden plant supports and living willow structures. The bulk of her willow comes from Musgrove Willows in Westonzoyland but she also incorporates more unusual coloured willows from Powys and Herefordshire
Abbey Home Farm is a 1600 acre mixed organic farm on the edge of Cirencester. Guests can stay in pretty en-suite bedrooms made from wood from the farm, nestled into the side of the wood overlooking the vegetable garden and beyond. All rooms open up onto a wide south-facing veranda, with underfloor heating when needed and organic cotton bed linen hand block printed in the farm's own tiny workshop in Rajasthan. There is a large comfortable main room to eat, chat or relax in.