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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, please email willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk with your order.  Please note that due to the handcrafted nature of my products, your order’s dispatch time depends on if it’s in stock (usually 3-5 working days), or needs to be made.   Shipping within mainland UK is free, all other areas incur an additional postage charge and taxes if applicable. Payment is by electronic bank 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.

2024 © 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, Dicky Meadows & Old French 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 signature flower motif fastening. Please note that each backpack is unique in colouration and rush lid weave, which you are able to specify.

Availability: In stock.

Height 38cm x Width 38cm x Depth 22cm

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: £245

Grand 'B' Basket

Description

New for 2024, a ‘grand’ sized interpretation of a traditional English Berry Basket.

Tear drop shaped with diagonal side weave.  Perfect for kindling or use as a small laundry basket.

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

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

Grand: Height 40cm x Width 34cm (Height 52cm with handle)

Availability:  In stock.

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: £190

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.

Height 40cm x Width 40cm x Depth 18cm with a 17cm opening diameter.

Availability: Made to order. Currently 6-8 weeks lead in time.

Email me to order.

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: £225

Twist 'B' Basket

Description

The special edition Twist ‘B’ Basket for 2024.

My latest interpretation of a traditional English Berry Basket showcasing an increasingly fashionable diagonal side weave.

Large size, ideal for using as a handbag or as a small shopping basket.

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

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

Height 30cm x Width 24cm (Height 42cm with handle)

Availability:  In stock.

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: £95

Brit 'B' Basket

Description

The special edition 2023 Brit ‘B’ Basket.

Both chic and celebratory, this Brit ‘B’ Basket 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.

Height 27cm x Width 24cm x (Height 40cm with handle)

Availability:  Only 1 currently available

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: £105

The Original '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: Height 23cm x Width 20cm (Height 38cm with handle)

Large: Height 30cm x Width 24cm x (Height 42cm with handle)

Availability:  In stock.

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: Small £65 Large £85

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, Dicky Meadows & Old French varieties.  Cross strap Leather handle.

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

Length 48cm x Width 28cm x Height 17cm

Availability: Only 1 currently available

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: £115

Grand Log Basket

Description

New for 2024, a beautiful and function grand log basket.  Available either woven with local sourced Dicky Meadows and natural stripped white willow varieties accompanied with leather handles or in steamed Dicky Meadows with twisted willow handles.

Spherical shaped with diagonal side weave.  Perfect for logs or as a feature storage basket.

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

Height 35cm x Width 42cm (Height 40cm with handle)

Availability:  In stock.

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: £255

Pendant Lampshades

Description

New for 2024, beautiful teardrop lampshades, perfect as a small lighting feature.  Each lampshade is hand woven with Dicky Meadows & Old French willow varieties.

Height 36cm x Width 30cm (Widest diameter at 12cm from pendant base) Please note that photo distortion makes lampshades appear to differ slightly in form but all 3 lampshades are identical in size.

Each pendant is fitted with a 10cm utility ring that is compatible with both UK and European pendant fittings.

Availability:  In stock.  Please specify which lampshade you wish to purchase.

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: £95 each or £255 for the trio

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 6-8 weeks lead in time.

Email me to order.

Indigo – natural vat dye indigo on white willow: Height 40cm x Width 40cm

White – natural stripped white willow: Height 40cm x Width 40cm

Natural – Dicky Meadow willow variety: Height 42cm x Width 42cm

Purchase: by emailing willow@sarahlebreton.co.uk

COST: Indigo £280 White £250 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: Width 35cm x Height 20cm. Medium: Width 50cm x Height 25cm. Large: Width 75cm x Height 30cm.

Bell Lampshade – Small: Height 40cm x Width 30 cm. Medium: Height 60cm x Width 40cm. Large Height 80cm x Width 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.