What We Do

24 March 2018 - Workshop with Mid Herts Spinners

Members of Hertfordshire Basketry joined up with the Mid Herts Spinners and Weavers for the first of two skills sharing days this year. We taught the spinners some simple basketry tecniques using a variety of coloured willow and everyone enjoyed a bring and share lunch together. Some beautiful and interesting pieces were made during the day and hopefully we have shown how great basketmaking is to a few more people!


10/11 February 2018 - Willow Harvesting at Little Hadham

There was a good turnout on both days of willing harvesters. The weather was rather bleak on Saturday, better on Sunday. We were very grateful to have the house annexe to make tea and coffee. Some of the willow is showing signs of disease, but the colours are still stunning. Hopefully everybody took home enough willow to satisfy needs and we should have collected a decent amount of money for the Alzheimer's Sociewillow2018cty.

2 February 2018 - Sue Kirk Borders Workshop

We had a great workshop with Sue Kirk on Friday - she is a really knowledgeable and a great tutor - she is unflappable and was able to handle all our different questions/needs.  The idea was to work on borders and to this end, Sue had brought lots of examples of different types of borders on round, square and oval baskets.  Most of us had brought either a base or a partially completed basket so most of us not only practised borders but also took home at least one completed basket.

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22 and 23 April 2017 - Arc baskets

Nadine started by giving us prepared frames of buff willow, & proceeded to show us how to attach a horizontal base with ear lashing.  This done, she went on to demonstrate attaching thick rush uprights with lark's head lashing .  After a few rows of pairing, a padded mould was inserted to create internal space.  Nadine encouraged us to experiment with weaving groups of stakes, reverse pairing, waling, & including other materials. The baskets were completed with a decorative trac border. All the group completed a successful piece.


4 February 2017 - Sculptural cane workshop

In preparation for this workshop Geraldine, Mel and Sally dyed the cane and cut the stakes. 

Polly did a great job demonstrating and getting everyone going. Most of the group found the cane wanted to go inwards more quickly than was desired, but others managed to control it better, and wove straight up or outwards.   Generally, the group felt comfortable to take the half finished sculptural pieces home to finish, but that they could also use an informal workshop to complete the shapes.