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Hedgerow Basketry
Course

Gather & Make Your Own Basket From Hedgerow Materials. 

LOCATION

Aberfeldy

PLACES

12

2024 DATES

9th February &

23rd February

PRICE

£129

Since prehistoric times, baskets have been made from many different materials.  People living with the land would have taken advantage of whatever materials were to hand to make practical baskets.  The roots, shoots and branches of many species being used; from broom whips to lime suckers, pine roots to hazel stems and of course willow.   

 

Commercially grown willow is of course a fantastic material, but our fields, hedgerows and riversides are full of bountiful resources for the basket maker. What's more, these materials are free, locally abundant, and impart a uniqueness to a basket made from the most local materials to the maker.  

 

This two day course (the days separated by 2 weeks, see below), will teach you how to identify suitable materials from the hedgerow, collect and store them and then weave your own basket with them.      

This course is split over 2 days with the first day focussing on material identification and collection and the second on weaving your project.  There are two weeks between the first and second day to allow the materials to 'season' and become a more superior weaving material. The schedule is;  

Collection Day 1

  • We take a walk of approx 5km at a location very close to Aberfeldy and we;

    • Learn how to identify common plant and tree species

    • Learn which local species are good for basketry and which aren't.

    • We collect your materials, and learn how store and process them. 

* You will then take your materials home with the knowledge of how to store them and return with them 2 weeks later to learn how to weave your basket* 

Weaving Day 2

  • Returning with your materials, you will then choose a project to learn how to weave;

    • A frame foraging basket or

    • A traditional round basket.   

* All tools and additional materials required are provided but please bring a packed lunch with you for this day.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided*  

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Weaving Course Details 

LOCATION

Aberfeldy

PLACES

12

2024 DATES

9th February &

23rd February

PRICE

£129

DAY 1  - 9th Feb 2025
  • We meet at a location on the outskirts of Aberfeldy. The walk is flat and on good paths and approx 5km long.  The session will last until about 2pm and finish back in Aberfeldy.  

  • ​You will take your materials home with instructions of how to store them for the weaving session.  

  • Please bring a lunch or snacks with you.

DAY 2 - 23rd Feb 2025
  • We meet at an indoor venue in Aberfeldy (TBC) at 9.30am and spend the day weaving your basket.

  • Workshop will finish at 4pm.

  • All additional materials and equipment needed will be provided but you must bring your weaving materials back with you! 

  • Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch with you. 

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