Courses 2017

Basketmaking Courses with Hilary 2017

Weave Your Own Bread Basket

Chicken Shed Studio, Schumacher College, Dartington, Devon

Two-day course

28/29 October 2017



9.30 – 4.30. £150 bring your own packed lunch

Make your own lovely bread basket to adorn your kitchen table.  The size and complexity you will achieve will depend on whether you are a complete beginner or have some previous experience of the craft.

Moving to Devon thirty years ago, Hilary became interested in using natural and sustainable materials – namely willow – and currently grows a collection of many different varieties on the Dartington estate. Between November and March, Hilary harvests the crops, drying the rods and re-soaking for weaving as required throughout the year.

Her basketwork is based on traditional techniques used in a contemporary way, using heavy willow to give her pieces a robust, chunky and natural looking style.

For more information and to book please visit the website:

French Willow Basketry Techniques


Two-day course

Yalberton Barn, Yalberton Road TQ4 7PE Devon

20th /21st October 2017

Cost: £150.00 per person, includes all materials, refreshments and a light lunch. 10 – 5pm each day, 9.30 for coffee. Make a round or oval basket on a hoop base. Techniques covered include scalloming, fitched openwork or solid bases and sides are possible, side handles or a single French roped handle are variations.  The size and shape of the basket may be changed and you will be encouraged to make a basket that suits you – perhaps taller and suitable for kindling or logs, or a low basket for vegetables or for a cat basket. This course is not suitable for beginners, it will rather concentrate on adding to basketmaking skills that have already been acquired.  A basic knowlege of weaves – paring, waling and simple border techniques are necessary. Improvers are welcome.

To book or to find out more about the course please contact me at using the form on the contact page.