Thanks very much for a most enjoyable day couldn’t believe I could make such a beautiful lampshade only with your help
Jon, 12th November 2021. Zigzag Willow Lampshade Willow Day Workshop (Photo from left to right, workshop participants Jon, Morag, Jen and Stuart all with their brilliant lampshades)
"Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed yesterday's workshop and your tuition, it was fun and the day certainly passed in a blur.
Basket was admired on arrival home, high praise from another with aerospace engineering background!!!"
Julie, 11th November 2021. Beginners Round Basket Willow Day Workshop at Coates English Willow. (Photo of fellow workshop participant Maxine).
Thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable 2 days. I really missed not being there today! The course was brilliant; interesting, practical and rewarding and you made it a lot of fun with your amazing enthusiasm. I enjoyed the banter between and with the ladies too!!" Mike. 14th &15th May 2021
I just wanted to say thank you for the great course, I’m really looking forward to trying out some of the skills I’ve learnt,
and I’m hoping to perhaps attend another of your courses in the future. It was a real pleasure to meet everyone on the course, and spend the two days with them sharing some laughs. Many thanks Sarah Harper" 14th & 15th May 2021
Zarzo Basket Day October 2020
Thank you for a great basket course yesterday, really enjoyed the day and absolutely love my square Zarzo basket!! Your passion, enthusiasm and skill are so inspiring, you are a true pioneer for the industry.
Just a thought re ‘commercial Basket makers’- what about artisan makers as an alternative description?
Very best wishes,
Rosie" (pictured bottom left)
"LOVED making my zarzo basket on Friday (despite the wrist) and definitely want to make another basket. Friends also interested! I think I’m on your mailing list but can you just check because I wouldn’t want to miss my chance. Thanks! 💕" Nichola (pictured top left)
General Basket Willow Day October 2020
What can we say?
An amazing day. Thank you so much. Your enthusiasm and passion for English willow is awesome and inspiring. My wrists are throbbing, the wine is poured. Thank goodness we ‘ listened’ to your email! We are soo proud of our baskets.
Hope to meet you again.
You did amazingly.
All the best
Karen and Tom" (Tom pictured on left whilst making his basket - yes up against a ping pong table and wearing a face mask!)
"Dear Sarah ,
Thank you so much for your time , enthusiasm and patience , today was amazing. My basket is awesome,Can’t believe I have made it!! It’s such an amazing skill that you have and share . It’s an escape for a day for me !!! Love it!! Take care Mel xx
Oh do you have another basket making course this year ?? I have another friend who would love it !! M xx" February 2019
I just wanted to say thank you very much for yesterdays course, I truly had a great day learning willow weaving for the first time and you have inspired me to do more. You are clearly very passionate about what you do and it radiates through your teaching which was fantastic." Paul. November 2018
"Hi Sarah, I just wanted to thank you for a thoroughly amazing and enjoyable day on Saturday! I was completely buzzing when I got home and all my family and friends have been bored rigid by photos of my basket!
I enjoyed many aspects of the day - learning a new skill, being patient (rare for me!) and meeting new people (and Tam). Willow is incredible to work with and I would like to do some more so watch out for my name popping up on your sculpture days later in the year!" Jane. June 2018
"Dear Sarah, thank you so much for another fabulous willow weaving day. I booked the animal sculpture day always intending to do a deer. The night before I changed my mind to do an Otter and I am so glad I did. Thanks to your skilled tutoring and comprehensive guidance I managed to get something that does resemble an Otter. I adore him by my pond, see photo. You are a truly inspirational artist and your enthusiasm is infectious. I realised at the end of the willow day that I hadn’t stopped smiling all day. Thank you so much. Best wishes Caroline." May 2018
"I attended your first Willow basket making course on Friday 12th January. It was magic!
I had such a lovely day and so enjoyed myself and was totally delighted with my basket which sits very happily by my log burner. It was an absolute delight to be taught by yourself and Tam x". Kerry. January 2018
Just to thank you so much for yet another wonderful day. You are such an excellent teacher and put 101% into the whole thing that you must arrive back home totally exhausted (especially after such a hot day Friday) and then I think you had another class on Saturday. I am sending a photo of my Crane (Georgina she is called, a mate for the other one I made called George). I spent all of yesterday adding to her tail and made her head a bit more pronounced. I am really happy with her.
Just to say Sarah, that I am so pleased to have found you - your workshops are amazing and by the end of the day, everyone produces their own little work of art - all due to your inspiration and direction. Well done." Maria. 9th July 2017