Learn with Hilary

ITALIAN COUNTRY BASKET :: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September 2019

At Yalberton Barn, Yalberton Road, Devon TQ4 7PE

Please book by contacting me via the contacts page to reserve a place and to find out how to pay.

Italian country basket in brown and white willows

£160, includes materials, refreshments and light lunch. (Basketmakers Southwest members reduced price of £120)

This course is suitable for those who already have some basketry skills. It is not a beginners course because of the complexity of the roped border and handle and the decorative looped layer of weaving and roped foot track.
Using small sizes of willow in natural colours (most of these from Hilary’s collection of varieties), plus willow from Somerset, colour combinations and mixes of brown, buff and white willow are all possible.
The course is held in a lovely barn overlooking a Devon orchard.

All materials, refreshments and a light lunch are included. Tools are supplied by the tutor, if you have your own do please bring them (well labelled)


The following two courses are now full, waiting list only

WILLOW MARKET BASKET :: Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th July 2019

At The Old Kennels, Stentwood, Dunkerswell, Devon EX14 4RW
tel. 01823 681138

Please book via their website: https://theoldkennels.co.uk/courses


Make a texturally pleasing, tall sided, oval basket with a sturdy central handle. This basket would be suitable for holding produce when shopping at the local market or for carrying a packed picnic and bottle of wine.  You will use willow that Hilary harvests from her collection, as well as willow from the Somerset Levels, to weave this lovely basket. The inclusion of ‘rib randing’ as a weave on the sides creates a thicker decorative band that spirals up the sides.  This course is suitable for students who have already made round baskets. Oval techniques are a step up and involve working with chasing sets of weavers. If you already have some basket making experience and want to move on in your learning, this course will help you develop your repertoire.

£165 (plus materials approximately £20)


BEGINNERS BASKETRY :: Two-day course. The Craft Revolution, Dartington :: Saturday & Sunday 28/29th September 2019

contact: Robyn.Minogue@dartington.org

Cost to be confirmed, in the region of £150 includes materials and refreshments

“On this two-day course you will make a round basket with a handle, using traditional English techniques and Somerset and locally grown willow. The basket you make will be suitable for grocery shopping or for harvesting fruit and vegetables. This course is aimed at those who have not experienced willow work before, or who would like to improve on basic skills You will find basketry is full on, a lot of learning is packed into the two days. Patience and stamina is required and it is a fairly physical activity. Advice is given on selecting, sorting and preparing materials for use, as well as information on where to source your own.