Willow Basketry


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6 - 8 September
10am - 4pm

Join us for a three day master class in the heritage craft techniques of basketmaking, and leave at the end with a beautifully crafted fruit picking basket. We will be making a traditional Kentish Kibsey, used for harvesting plums, cherries, apples and other top fruits depending on size. Perfect for a trip to the Laighills Community Orchard! The basket could also be used a shopping basket of course, or whatever else you want it to be. The basket will be based on time served traditional design, and given due care should be outlasting you to hand down the generations!

We will cover all the fundamental techniques of basketmaking, including underfoot bases for those students confident in willow handling and some basketry techniques already. We will work on understanding the structure of a basket, and practise selecting the correct grade of willow for each part of the basket, using Scottish and English grown willows. Techniques taught will include tying an underfoot slath, pairing weave, secure joins, staking up, pull down wale, 3 rod waling, slewing, packing, rod border, square corner technique, making a handle bow and handle wrapping.

About Your Tutor

Anna Liebmann is a basket weaver who lives and works by the sea in Edinburgh, Scotland. She grows a lot of her own willow in Lanarkshire, is a member of the Scottish Basketmakers’ Circle, and has certification for many of her products through Scottish Working Woods. She finds passing on skills and knowledge to fascinated people hugely rewarding and now teaches extensively in the city and beyond. She makes a selection of products to order, takes commissions, has one-off pieces available for sale on her website.

  • All tools and materials are included in the course cost
  • Tea and coffee are provided but participants should bring their own lunch and utensils
  • All of our classes are suitable for over 16s, younger crafters may be accommodated if accompanied by a participating adult but please contact us before booking
  • If the workshop you were looking at is fully booked drop us an email and we’ll add you to the waiting list. As restrictions ease we might be able to add more spaces to some of our courses. We will add extra dates to our most popular workshops too, join the mailing list to be the first to know
We have partnered with Creative Scotland to offer half price places on our sustainability focussed workshops. We aim to remove cost as a barrier to participation, enabling access for all to creative learning opportunities. 



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