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I have created for you a unique collection that exemplifies my style and embodies our rich basket heritage.

Handwoven by myself in my Devon workshop, it is my aim to find within each basket a magical combination of function, beauty and flow. Inspired by English heritage baskets and celebrating the craft form that I love, I have taken time to design, develop and hand weave each basket.  In so doing I have created for you original pieces that showcase traditional basketry techniques, which highlight the beauty of natural materials and that are perfect for our modern lifestyle.

Made using locally grown willow and rush that is often harvested by myself, all of the basket collection embraces sustainability.

Sarah aims within each basket is to weave a unique and magical combination for you of function, beauty and flow.

Prior to opening my new fully online shop in late 2023, please email willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk with your order. If in stock, delivery is 5-7 working days. Due to demand, if made to order, lead in time is usually 4 – 6 weeks (on enquiry I will give you an estimated delivery date). Shipping within mainland UK is free, all other areas incur an additional postage charge. Payment is by electronic transfer at time of purchase.

Please note that made to order pieces, created using natural materials, can vary slightly in size and in colour. These qualities add to the beauty and exclusivity of each basket.

2023 © sarahlebretonwillow

Backpack

Description

This stylish and comfortable backpack has been designed to nestle between the shoulders and hug the body.  Inspired by a 1930s pharmaceutical bottle basket, I’m reinventing a traditional English basket for modern day living.

Woven using Black Maul and Dicky Meadows willow varieties grown on my local Somerset Levels. English Freshwater Bulrush, ‘Scriptus lacustris’ harvested by myself in Somerset.

Stake & strand basket utilising English Rand weave. Twill or check weave rush lid. Featuring adjustable leather straps and my signature rush flower motif. Please note that each backpack is unique in colouration.

Availability: Made to order. Currently 3-4 weeks lead in time.

Email me to order.

Small: H 36cm x W 38cm x D 22cm

Medium: H 40cm x W 40cm x D 24cm

Large: H 45cm x W 42cm x D 23cm

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: Small £225 Medium £245 Large £265

Indigo Ose Basket

Description

Contemporary interpretation of a classic willow basket.  White and Indigo willow interweave to create my striking version of this traditional basket.

Encapsulating the style and practicability of this classic basket, I have evolved the form into what I believe to be it’s ideal size and shape. Perfect for use as a handbag or as a very chic shopping basket.

Having recently developed creating natural indigo dyed willow through a vat fermentation process, I have chosen to contrast and blend shades of this distinctive colour so as to accentuate the beautiful rhythm and flow of this basket.

Known as an Ose, Gathering, Hen or Skye basket, and documented across Europe since Medieval times, this frame basket involves weaving willow rods around a series of hoops and ribs.

Not only is the Ose basket the first basket that I ever created over a decade ago, but having studied beautiful traditional Skye baskets whilst on my Scotland travels in 2022 I couldn’t resist artistically interpreting this enduring and very endearing basket.

Woven using stripped Black Maul variety willow grown on my local Somerset Levels, some of which has been natural indigo fermentation dyed willow.

Please note that each Indigo Ose basket is unique in colouration and whilst the indigo dye has been ‘fixed’, please treat like you would denim material.

H 40cm x W 18cm with 17cm opening diameter.

Availability: Made to order. Currently 3-4 weeks lead in time.

Email me to order.

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: £225

The 'B' Basket

Description

Beautiful interpretation of a traditional English Berry Basket.

Woven using locally sourced Dicky Meadows and natural white willow varieties.  Leather handle.

Traditional English underfoot tied slath base, stake & strand basket utilising English Rand weave.

Small: H 23cm x W 20cm (H 38cm with handle)

Large: H 27cm x W 24cm x (H 43cm with handle)

Availability:  In stock.

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: Small £75 Large £95

The Brit 'B' Basket

Description

The special edition Brit ‘B’ Basket for 2023.

Both chic and celebratory, this is my colourful interpretation of a traditional English Berry Basket.  Large size, ideal for using as a handbag or as a small shopping basket.

Woven using locally sourced natural white willow, natural indigo fermentation dyed willow,  and red leather handle.

Traditional English underfoot tied slath base, stake & strand basket utilising English Rand weave.

Please note that each Brit ‘B’ basket is unique in colouration and whilst the indigo dye has been ‘fixed’, please treat like you would denim material.

Large: H 27cm x W 24cm x (H 43cm with handle)

Availability:  In stock.

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: £105

English Willow Garden Basket

Description

Contemporary interpretation of a traditional willow garden trug.

Designed with comfortable carrying in mind, ideal for using either in the garden or the perfect size for foraging.

Woven using locally sourced Black Maul and Dicky Meadows varieties.  Cross strap Leather handle.

Squarework base, stake & strand basket utilising  3 rod wale weave.

L 48cm x W 28cm x H 17cm

Availability: in stock

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: £115

Nostle Basket

Description

This stunning spherical shaped basket with it’s strong sculptural look can also be used as a functional large log basket.

Handwoven in 3 colourways using local Somerset willow.  This stake & strand basket utilises English Rand weave and offers helpful hand holds.

Availability: Made to order. Currently 3-4 weeks lead in time.

Email me to order.

Indigo – natural vat dye indigo on white willow: H 40cm x W 40cm

Natural – Dicky Meadow willow variety: H 42cm x W 42cm

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: Indigo £320 Natural £235

 

Willow Lampshades

Description

Willow lends itself beautifully to creating lampshades and sculptural lighting pieces.

A unique centrepiece that is perfect for both the home and in commercial settings.  I have designed and created these pieces to fit into both timeless and modern interiors. I love how the warmth created by using this natural material combines perfectly with it’s ability to be woven into forms that play with light and shadow.

Each handwoven piece is created using the rope coil weave, a basketry technique that is perfect for highlighting the natural flow and curve of willow.

Using highly prized natural white willow that is sourced from the Somerset Levels, each lampshade or sculptural lighting piece is made to order.

Availability: Made to order. Currently 4-6 weeks lead in time.

Email me to order.

Bespoke commissions especially welcome.

Drum Lampshade – Small: W 35cm x H 20cm. Medium: W 50cm x H25cm. Large: W 75cm x H30cm.

Bell Lampshade – Small: H 40cm x W 30 cm. Medium: H 60cm x W 40cm. Large H 80cm x W 55cm.

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: Drum Lampshade – Small £155. Medium £245. Large £385. Bell Lampshade – Small £105. Medium £265. Large £435.