Willow Day Workshops

Willow Days are suitable for beginners and those with existing willow weaving experience.  Just bring along lots of enthusiasm and by the end of the day you will be taking home your willow basket!

TIME:

9.15 arrival for 9.30am start. 5.30pm finish (approximately)

VENUE:

All Willow Day Workshops from September ’22 onwards – Chevithorne Village Hall, (The Lost Kitchen), Nr. Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7PU

DETAILS:

Maximum of 8 participants per day.  Price includes refreshments and all materials.  Tools provided.

TO BOOK:

Click on a ‘Make a Booking Enquiry’ button.  This will take you through to the booking form.  Once your completed booking enquiry form is received I will reply via email within 4 working days with current availability and full payment instructions.  Payment is accepted by electronic transfer, cheque or Paypal.

GIFT VOUCHERS:

Making ideal birthday and anniversary gifts for family, friends or colleagues, my gift vouchers are valid for 2 years and enable priority booking for Willow Day Workshops.  Gift voucher recipients receive the dates of workshops and have the chance to book before anyone else (including those on my MailChimp list). To arrange your gift voucher please complete my booking enquiry form or email willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk.  A £105 gift voucher enables your gift recipient a place at one of my Willow Day Workshops.  I also offer a £55 voucher that enables part payment towards a workshop.

JOIN MY MAILING LIST:

Head to my Contact Page, fill out the quick form and tick the box next to ‘SIGN UP TO OUR MAILING LIST!’ You will be joining my MailChimp newsletter and receive Willow Day Workshop dates prior to their general public release.  January – April 2023 dates will be released in late September.

Beginners Round Basket

Description

If you’ve ever wanted to make a willow basket but not known how to start, this lovely round basket, great for a small shopping trip, is perfect!  Created especially for beginners, whilst making this basket you will learn some traditional English techniques and use willow grown on the Somerset Levels.  PS you can also make this basket at one of my general Basket Willow Days!

Dates & Availability

Thu 29 Sep 2022 1 Place Available
Sat 29 Oct 2022 Fully Booked
Wed 14 Dec 2022 8 Places Available
Chevithorne Village Hall, (The Lost Kitchen), Nr. Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7PU
Cost: £105

Berry Basket

Description

NEW for 2022!  My take on a traditional English Berry Basket, bought up to date with a leather handle.  This lovely neat basket is perfect for foraging seasonal fruits or even as a casual handbag!  Great for those with some previous basket weaving experience.

Dates & Availability

Fri 28 Oct 2022 1 Place Available
Sat 10 Dec 2022 5 Places Available
Chevithorne Village Hall, (The Lost Kitchen), Nr. Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7PU
Cost: £105

2 Day English Round Basket

Description

Over 2 days you will create an English stake-and-strand basket, this will be either a decent size willow shopper or a medium log basket. Methods and techniques will include a tied slath base, English randing and a traditional Somerset handle. You will also learn how to grow, harvest and prepare your willow ready for weaving. Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd July.

Dates & Availability

Thu 6 Oct 2022 6 Places Available
Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd July Venue: Haymoor Studio, Coates English Willow. Nr. Taunton, Somerset. Thursday 6th & Friday 7th October: Chevithorne Village Hall, (The Lost Kitchen), Nr. Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7PU
Cost: £175

Garden Basket

Description

Choose to make either a lovely oblong or oval willow basket.  Perfect for gathering vegetables and flowers, I’ve developed both of these baskets so that you get to learn English Willow techniques and achieve a decent size basket in a day.  Ideal for those with a little more basket weaving experience or for adventurous beginners!

Dates & Availability

Fri 30 Sep 2022 1 Place Available
Thu 10 Nov 2022 Fully Booked
Fri 9 Dec 2022 Fully Booked
Thursday 14th July Venue: Haymoor Studio, Coates English Willow. Nr. Taunton, Somerset. September '22 onwards Venue: Chevithorne Village Hall, (The Lost Kitchen), Nr. Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7PU
Cost: £105

2 Day Traditional English Oval Basket

Description

NEW FOR AUTUMN 2022! Create a lovely oval English technique stake-and-strand willow basket. This 2 day workshop will enable you to make your perfect shopping basket with methods and techniques including a tied slath base, English rand weave and a traditional Somerset handle. You will also learn how to grow, harvest and prepare your willow ready for weaving.  This workshop is more suitable for those with existing weaving experience. Friday 25th & Saturday 26th November.

Dates & Availability

Fri 25 Nov 2022 1 Place Available
September '22 onwards Venue: Chevithorne Village Hall, (The Lost Kitchen), Nr. Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7PU
Cost: £175

Zarzo Basket

Description

Great for beginners, choose to make either an incredibly sculptural round Zarzo or still striking but more practical rectangular Zarzo basket.  Due to their popularity I offer dedicated Zarzo basketmaking days.

Dates & Availability

Wed 9 Nov 2022 Fully Booked
Thu 15 Dec 2022 4 Places Available
Venue: Chevithorne Village Hall, (The Lost Kitchen), Nr. Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7PU
Cost: £105

Lampshade - Zigzag Weave

Description

Make your very own feature willow lampshade for your home.  Using the popular ‘zigzag’ weave and assorted willow colours you will create a medium size drum or cylinder shaped shade.  Ideal for those with existing weaving experience or adventurous beginners!

Dates & Availability

Fri 15 Jul 2022 Places Available (you can now make this lampshade at the General Basket Workshop on Friday 15th July)
Friday 15th July Venue: Haymoor Studio, Coates English Willow. Nr. Taunton, Somerset.
If you would like to make a willow lampshade please register your interest with me.
Cost: £105

FURTHER WORKSHOP DETAILS:

Lunch – At Coates English Willow, available at an additional cost from the onsite Lemon Tree Coffee House.  Lunches booked together during the workshop morning from a specially created menu.

Lunch, refreshment and cake – At Lost Kitchen, available for an additional £12.50.  Lunches booked together prior to the workshop from a specially created menu.

Venue – Haymoor Studio at Coates English Willow is in a woodland setting, approximately 200 metres from the Coates visitor centre.  The Studio is heated by a woodburner, has an adjacent compost toilet and is a rough track walk from the overflow car park.

Lost Kitchen at Chevithorne Village Hall.  Idyllic Mid Devon setting with full facilities and lovely outside seating area. Parking outside the hall.

Accessibility – If you have accessibility needs please contact me before booking your workshop.

Tools & Clothing – All tools are provided, though you are more than welcome to bring your favourite pair of secateurs and light duty gardening gloves.  Please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting a little mucky!

FURTHER BOOKING DETAILS:

Demand – Due to the level of demand for Willow Day Workshops places are only allocated on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis on receipt of both your completed Booking Enquiry Form / Phone Call and your full payment.  I work through bookings on a strict date and time basis, (I have to do this for my own conscience!)  To secure your place/s, when you receive my email reply please do get back to me with payment asap.

Group Bookings & Date Choices – For the best chance of securing your Willow Day Workshop place/s I strongly advise you to offer me a 1st and 2nd choice of date and if attending with friends / family please make one group booking.

Terms & Conditions – It is your responsibility to read the workshop t&c’s at the time of booking, these include the cancellation and change of date policy.  Click on this link for terms and conditions or access them on my website Footer page.

Availability – Please note that  I try my upmost to update availability for each Willow Day Workshop on my webpage as regularly as possible.  However, due to the amount of bookings that I receive after a publicity mail out there can occasionally be a delay between places being allocated and my manual updating.

FURTHER GIFT VOUCHER INFORMATION:

I publicise my workshops 3-4 times per year and although I send out a priority publicity email to gift voucher recipients, it is the responsibility of the recipient to check for workshop availability and book their place.  Once a workshop date has been arranged by a gift voucher recipient all normal terms and conditions, including my cancellation and change of date policy apply.

WAITING LIST FOR CANCELLATION PLACES:

Very occasionally, due to the way the world is at the moment, I do get cancellation places.  These are usually at very short notice.  If a cancellation occurs I email the workshop waiting list, update availability on my courses webpage and advertise the place on my news webpage.  If you wish to attend a Willow Day Workshop that is already fully booked it is well worth either filling out the booking form or emailing me so that you can go on the waiting list.  Please do let me know if you are interested in all workshop cancellation places or for a specific workshop date.

COVID 19 & WILLOW DAY WORKSHOPS:

For Summer & Autumn 2022 I will continue to follow any Covid-19 government recommendations.  Once you have booked your Willow Day Workshop I will keep you informed of any changes due to Covid-19 and if for a Covid-19 reason you or I do need to cancel, I will postpone your place to a later workshop date.

OTHER WORKSHOPS:

I’m delighted to announce that I will also be teaching for the following organisations in Autumn ’22

River Cottage HQ Willow Garden Basket – Wednesday 7th September.  For details and to book please head to River Cottage website

RHS Rosemoor Zarzo Basket – Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September. For details and to book please head to RHS website

Somerset Rural Life Museum Beginners Round Basket – Sunday 9th October. For details and to book head to SMRL website

 

BESPOKE COURSES:

As well as leading my own Willow Day Workshops, I run bespoke basketmaking workshops and courses for a wide variety of clients.  These regularly include the RHS, River Cottage HQ, Somerset Rural Life Museum.  Previous clients include Linley of London, the Soho House Group, CoLab Exeter and The Garden House.