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Weave a Traditional Oval Frame Willow Basket. 16th & 17th March 10am - 5pm

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With expert weaver Dominic Parrette, learn how to weave your own traditional oval frame basket using willow.

About this event

Based on a basket design from Brittany this strong elegant form makes an ideal harvesting and foraging basket.

You will construct the handle and rim from a large diameter willow in order to make a strong basket frame. 

Once the frame is put together students will learn how to weave evenly from both sides of the basket. Ribs are added progressively to add strength with the weave finishing in the centre of the basket. 

  • Running over 2 days, the course includes refreshments and a light lunch from our restaurant each day.
  • Be advised that his course is physically demanding and will require reasonable hand strength.
  • The classes will be held in our heated Pelargonium House. 

About Dominic 

Dominic is a Sussex based basketmaker, willow grower and teacher specialising in traditional frame baskets, organically woven willow forms and beautiful, strong plant supports.

He sources willow, sweet chestnut, and hazel from local coppice and is committed to sustainable woodland management. Dominic makes woven products for small gardens and allotments as well as taking on commissions for clients such as garden and interior designers and larger organisations such as The National Trust and Kew at Wakehurst.

Dominic is a member of the Basketmakers Association and the Heritage Crafts Association.

"My basketry is grounded in traditional British and European techniques which create beauty in form and function.

I take inspiration from the landscape in which I work and it is important to me that what I do is connected to the rhythm of the seasons  and in harmony with the ecology of the natural environment.

The process of growing, harvesting and creating is one of nourishment to me. I hope that my love of the natural world comes out in some small way in my baskets. " 


Please note - That to run this course, we will need a full class - the capacity is 6 students. If undersubscribed, we may be required to reschedule.

If this is the case we will contact all customers booked by email by the 9th of March.

Cancellations of workshops 

We are unable to offer refunds for our workshops. However, should you need to cancel a booking we will endeavour to sell your place via our database and social media. If successful, we will refund or offer an alternative course subject to availability. If you would like to transfer your ticket to a friend or family member, please advise us in writing.