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If you are looking for a willow weaving craft workshop with an extra dimension, join us for our one-day course. You will be taught by expert trainer Sarah Adby, and will be making a tall wicker basket that can be used for foraging and also as a stylish shoulder bag for you to take home.
On certain dates we will also be running a foraging walk with our mini donkeys the following day, so we can use the bags as wicker panniers and the donkeys can carry your foraged foods. Both can be booked for a lovely mini-break UK staycation with accommodation nearby.
The willow weaving workshop will be held in a stone barn on the smallholding where the mini donkeys live so you can enjoy their company throughout the day. There are only 6 people per session and it is a friendly relaxing way to spend the day whilst learning a new skill.
No experience is needed to make this willow foraging basket. We will be weaving the base on a pre made rectangle frame. The technique for the sides will be French round weave and a top and bottom wale for strength. Finishing is with a track border and cotton web shoulder strap.
Living willow is a great sustainable natural material that can be harvested annually. It is very fast growing and a year’s growth makes for ideal lengths to be used in basket making and other woven crafts. It is soaked before working which makes the willow rods very flexible and easy to use. Sarah will talk about the different types of willow and other materials that you can weave with whilst you learn.
We will be running this lovely course on several dates through the summer months, so do get in touch if the dates shown don’t suit you or you would like to arrange a special private group session. On join-in dates, we have a maximum of 6 people, and you can also book to stay at one of the neighbouring cottages www.2bedcottageinwales.co.uk or www.gilfach.wales (or take a look at our Stay section for more options nearby).
We take your safety very seriously so please be assured that all our Experience Days are conducted with appropriate Covid measures and appropriate insurance. Should you or we need to cancel for Covid reasons, there is no problem to rebook or refund.
We will be running Foraging Sessions with Adele Nozedar and our mini donkeys the following day so these can be booked to try out your foraging basket to collect your free food.
Sennybridge – Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
10am until around 3.30pm with a break for lunch.
With every Good Day Out experience, a good cause will always benefit. In the case of the Willow Weaving Workshop a donation will be made with every participation to Stump Up For Trees. This is a local community-based charity that ambitiously aims to plant a million trees in the Brecon Beacons area. It focuses on woodland creation and enhancing biodiversity in the Brecon Beacons area of south-east Wales.
Trees provide wildlife habitat, food, better air and water quality, medicine, shade, sustainable timber, natural flood management and healthier soils. Most importantly in today’s urgent debate about climate change, trees also sequester carbon dioxide.