Make attractive willow decorations
Facilitator: Norah Kennedy
Using some very simple basket making techniques and some different colours of willow we will create some very attractive Christmas decorations that you will be able to keep for years and will adorn your home every year. You might want to bring some of your own small decorations to add to what you have made. All tools and materials are supplied by the tutor.
Event time: Sun 8th Dec at 9:30am - Sun 8th Dec at 5:00pm
At a glance
- We will be making attractive and different decorations for Christmas
- You will learn some very simple willow weaving techniques
Participants will gain
- Participants will gain some understanding of where the willow comes from
- That you can only make things from willow by hand
- You will return home with some beautiful decorations and a great sense of achievement
The day will start by making an attractive wreath for your front door. You will then be able to choose what you would like to make next, it could be a heart, a flat reindeer, a Christmas tree (two designs), an angel (two designs) stars, a corn dolly design for bells and even a mince pie platter! You will also learn a little about how willow is grown and harvested and prepared for weaving. We will be using simple tools (provided by the tutor) . The skills you learn on this enjoyable one day course will enable you to go on working with willow at home if you wish. Making Christmas decorations from willow is not hard or strenuous. You will be delighted and surprised by the amount you will have made at the end of the day!
All tools and materials are provided by the tutor. No previous experience is needed, suitable for absolute beginners.
Price includes materials, delicious two-course lunch, and refreshments.
Registration from 9.00am-9:30am.
Norah made her first basket over thirty years ago and now teaches residential courses all year round.
Norah works to commission in addition to producing a range of baskets for sale and has expanded her range to include willow Christmas decorations, garden plant supports and living willow structures. The bulk of her willow comes from Musgrove Willows In Westonzoyland in Somerset but she also incorporates more unusual colour willows from Herefordshire. Norah likes to make baskets that are “right in themselves and good for use” and in reviving at least a portion of the many traditional uses for willow that that been superseded but not surpassed, by synthetic materials.
“Thank you so much – brilliant workshop – learned so much – didn’t realise how rewarding willow weaving was. I have already used the platter for cheese and biscuits and we have a record of all our efforts – thank you again”
“Norah’s instructions were so clear and effective – we beginners had no trouble keeping up – she managed to make a complicated process easy to follow and understand “