What We Do

7-8 May 2016 - Willow animals

The group had a lovely weekend at Mill Green. Sue bought along a lot of different varieties of her home-grown willow. Although not obviously a ‘technical’ workshop, there was quite a lot of useful stuff to learn about things such as wraps and shaping. The staff at Mill Green treated us very well, and of course the sun shone!  There were successful outcomes all round - birds, containers & a pig. Many thanks to Sue for her encouragement & inspiration.

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21 March 2016 - Willow workshop with Mary Butcher

We were pleased to welcome Mary Butcher on Saturday 21st March to Great Wymondley Village Hall for a members’ workshop.  The theme was oval bases and in particular the Polish basket base - a strong base the technique for which helps prevent skewing and produces a neat flat base.   The bases were also French randed.  The nine participants each completed at least two bases and some completed a small oval base with a track foot and track border.  As usual, a fun and productive day.

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13-14 February - Willow harvesting

It was lovely to see Olivia and John again at their willow beds.  There was a great turnout for this year's harvest - eleven members and friends on Saturday and seven on Sunday.  Another plentiful harvest and some maintenance (more to be done) left the bed, devoid of willow, looking very neat and tidy.  
 
Most of the willow was taken by those who helped with the harvest and some has been put aside for use by Herts Basketry.  Donations made for willow taken totalled £130 which will, as in previous years, be donated to the Alzheimer's Society.
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Twining Workshop 6 February 2016 with Maggie Smith

 
Maggie brought along a range of different pieces made by twining.  There was a great variety of materials available for the group's use.  She demonstrated how to start twining using the "washing-line" technique, as well as other starting methods. Members worked in a variety of ways, using combinations of materials; they were inspired to experiment.   
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9/10 May 2015 - Danish willow workshop

The group was privileged to have Danish basketmaker Anne-Mette Hjornholm to teach them for this weekend workshop.  She brought along samples of her willow frame baskets, & oval platters, some with random weave infill. Anne-Mette had pre-made various-sized hoops to be used for the basic frame structure. For hen baskets 3 hoops were required.  She showed the creative potential for this technique; the varied approaches opened up endless possibilities.  
Many thanks to Anne-Mette for making this workshop a hugely exciting & successful workshop.
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