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A Christmas Bounty! Willow Workshop

Sunday 1 Dec 4pm — Tuesday 3 Dec 5pm, 2019

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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Full board per person (all meals, accommodation, activities):

  • £250– single ensuite room
  • £220– sharing an ensuite room
  • £220– single non-ensuite room
  • £175– sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (all meals, and activities):

  • £165

Non Resident (all meals except breakfast, and activities):

  • £155

Get set for Christmas! This two day (plus one evening!) course has been designed not only to be fun and help you create lots of wonderful things for Christmas but also to give beginners and intermediates a taste of the varied techniques needed to create all sorts of willow wonders. During the two days, you will be shown how to sculpt a reindeer, weave a beautiful angel, make wreaths, stars, platters and string decorative garlands. So, come along and join the fun of a wickedly willow festive season.

“Sarah is such a patient and fun tutor, and I think everyone was enormously proud of what they made. I’ve already booked my place for next year.” – Participant

Who’s it For?

Suitable for beginners and intermediate makers. For those who attended this course in 2017 there will be some new items to make.

“I had a brilliant time! My reindeer lives in the house as he’s just so beautiful. Having learned the techniques in the course I went on to make garlands and angels at home as Christmas gifts which everybody loved.” Participant

The Tutor

Sarah Webb – At the age of seventeen – and not really having any idea of what she wanted to do with her life – Sarah was lucky enough to be accepted onto a basketmaking apprenticeship working with one of the few remaining Somerset basket makers, Norman Studley. Her interview was very simple; he asked her to identify several baskets and then sat her down to make a square base. Having completed the task he agreed to take her on a trial basis, with one one month to prove herself. Over the next few years Sarah fell in love with willow and basketry; Norman was a very hard teacher to please but through him Sarah was set on a journey that still inspires her today. Sarah now lives and works in Somerset as a basket maker, willow artist and teacher. She makes and sells a variety of highest quality baskets and willow sculptures, as well as teaching the art of willow work, including traditional willow basketry, willow sculpture and lantern making.

Related Courses

Sarah teaches a variety of basketry and willow courses at Halsway throughout the year; 2019 courses are as follows:

Baskets for Beginners: Fri 17 (6pm) – Sun 19 (5pm) May
Suitable for beginners.
Frame Baskets:
 Mon 22 (10am) – Tue 23 (5pm) July
Suitable for beginners.
Shooter Baskets: Tue 23 (6pm) – Fri 26 (2pm) July
For intermediate level makers.
Baskets for Beginners: Mon 9 (6pm) – Wed 11 (5pm) Sept
Suitable for beginners.
Log Baskets: Wed 11 (6pm) – Fri 13 (5pm) Sept
For intermediate level makers – an ideal follow-up to the Baskets for Beginners course.
Christmas Willow: Sun 1 (6pm) – Tue 3 (5pm) Dec
Suitable for beginners.
Make a Reindeer in a Day: Mon 9 (9.30am – 5pm)
Suitable for beginners.