Between the willow

It’s a craft that goes back centuries but still survives today by sole crafters like Anna who runs a small business selling her beautiful hand-made baskets and running courses.

By chance I happened to come across one of Anna’s posters advertising her courses whilst at The Edinburgh Palatte, London Road, whilst at a photography Meet Up.

My mum also was on this course with me and agrees that it was a great day.

Anna starts off showing examples of baskets that she had made using different willows by bending them into shapes but that day we were going to stick to a simple 8″ round basket!

There were 5 of us on the course and I think that’s a good number for a teacher to work with for this type of course, especially if you get confused by what willow goes where in the process!

Before we actually picked up any willow, the tools of the trade were talked through and shown how to use for each step of basket making.

Starting off with six bits of willow, all 8″ we made a cross shape.

Basic cross shape
Basic cross shape

Then added willow to bind.

prep for spilting the cross shape
prep for spitting the cross shape

Weaving the willow through the cross to split the base willow.

the start of the star shape
the start of the star shape

You should have a shape basically like this by the end of the first section.

nearly there with the foundations!
nearly there with the foundations!

Adding different willow to create the sides.

adding sides and wright!
adding sides and weight

Ta dah! The finished result!

 

The finished basket: Side
The finished basket: Side
The finished basket: from above
The finished basket: from above

At the moment it’s home to my christmas floral table decoration that I did this Sunday past!

Christmas in a basket!
Christmas in a basket!

It was such a good day, find out new dates for 2015 workshops by Anna here.  I’m thinking a basket with a handle for my bike next time I do a workshop!  Anna has a Facebook page too, where you can keep up to date with her news!

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