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Basketry for Beginners


Monday 4th November

We have invited basket-maker Christiane Gunzi to lead this one-day workshop – an ideal first step into the world of basket weaving.  It is aimed at beginners and those of you who’ve done a bit of weaving and would like to refresh your knowledge.

Participants will learn about two main types of traditional basket-weaving – frame baskets and stake-and-strand baskets – and the handling and use of materials such as willow and rush.  Working with willow particularly requires a certain amount of manual dexterity, and so this workshop may not be suitable for anyone with arthritic hands.

The day will be a perfect first step into the world of basket weaving. In the morning you will weave a simple ‘boat-shaped’ willow ‘frame basket’ (using one kind of weave). After lunch, using two types of weave you will make a willow bird feeder, with a track border and a simple handle. Christiane will bring a few baskets to show you, plus different willows and books to look at during the day.

Christiane lives and works in Sussex.  She has been weaving willow and rush baskets since 2008, and has run basketweaving classes for beginners for several years. Christiane demonstrates the craft at Great Dixter Garden each summer, and her work is on sale at Great Dixter Garden’s Christmas Fair. This year she has been invited to be part of The Garden Museum’s ‘Beautiful and Useful’ Fair in London.

Christiane is a member of The Basketmakers’ Association, and is Trade Advisor to The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.

Cost: £120 – includes all the materials, the use of tools, refreshments (tea/coffee and cake and a vegetarian lunch)

PLEASE BOOK ONLINE. If you are unable to pay online, please contact us to find out about alternative ways of paying

This workshop is limited to seven participants

Date:  Monday 4 November – 10.30am to 4.30pm

Venue: The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT


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