Workshops

Please don’t ask to make a basket with me in a day, if there is one thing I have learned it really isn’t possible to make an excellent basket following the English Basket Tradition in one day (or even the celtic frame come to that). I have, however, recently devised a one day frame basket course, so if that is really what you want have a look below for dates and venues.

I offer a range of workshops, in a number of different locations in Nottingham as detailed below. I am expanding my range and repertoire, so do please check back here to see what I am currently doing. I will also travel and can teach workshops in other locations – some of the workshops listed here are for closed groups as increasingly I am contacted by self organised groups/ groups of friends/family who would like me to come and do one or more sessions with them. I have included them so that you can see the dates I am not available should you wish to explore this option, and also so that if you are a member of this group you’ll know what is coming up! Please do get in touch to discuss how we can work together, usually I require a minimum of four attendees.

TO BOOK: Please email me at chrisbaxtersbaskets@yahoo.co.uk, I will respond with details of how to pay etc. Bookings close ten days prior to the workshop, this is to enable adequate willow to be sorted and soaked. I am also on Facebook and twitter and can respond to direct messages there.

Booking key

V = book with venue

CBB = book through Chris Baxter’s Baskets

 


Above; making spheres and Chickens in the sunshine at Primary Gardens

March

12th  SOLD OUT Hens at Church Farm Tearooms, Anslow 

23rd Obelisks at Rural Antics –learn to make a plant support/obelisk ready for your sweet peas V

Chris Baxter’s Baskets – Willow Sundays at Primary Gardens

April

1st ‘Poisson D’Avril’ at the Abdication Micropub  Come and make willow fish in the pub to celebrate Poisson d’Avril  or April Fools Day  7 – 9.30 £15 per head CBB FULLY BOOKED

3rd Make an obelisk/plant support at Church Farm Tearooms and Children’s Farm V

May

18th Simple basket in a day at Created by Hand at Strelley Hall  make a simple frame basket in willow V FULLY BOOKED

25th Simple Basket in a day at Rural Antics make a simple frame basket in willow V

June

SHERWOOD ART WEEK – COMMUNITY WILLOW WEAVE – FREE! ALL WELCOME!

I’m just firming up the details but it has been agreed that I can make a large(ish) willow sculpture in the grounds of Sherwood Community Centre that will be an open event for people to help me with. I aim to be there on Tuesday and Thursday of Sherwood Art Week 22- 30th June between 3 and 7pm – come along, grab a coffee from the café and get stuck in helping. I will send out more details nearer the time but it would be great to see you there, no need to book just turn up and help make a willow sculpture for Sherwood. (I’m pretty excited about this!)

I’ve applied for the Craft Fair on Saturday 22nd and to take part in Art in Shops – where we turn Sherwood high street into an open air gallery – I’ve yet to find out if I’ve been successful, but I’ll let you know!

September

25th Hens at Church Farm Tearooms and Children’s Farm  V

29th Hens at Rural Antics V

October

6th Willow weaving at Created by Hand at Strelley Hall ideal for beginners or improvers, make hearts, fish, dragonflies, flowers and/or birdfeeders depending on your speed! V

12th Simple basket in a day at Created by Hand at Strelley Hall  make a simple frame basket in willow V

November – the start of the Christmas workshops at all three venues (and maybe more) ideal for beginners or improvers, make stars, trees, fairy wands and garlands

17th Christmas workshop day at Created by Hand at Strelley Hall  V

27th Christmas workshop day at Church Farm Tearooms and Children’s Farm V

30th Christmas workshop day at Rural Antics V

The above contains details of workshops that have been booked with me, there may be more. Workshops seem to be booking up quite quickly so if there is something that really takes your fancy book now whilst there are places (if there are!).

Privately booked workshops continue to be popular, groups can be anything from 4 – 10 and can be self organised or part of a recognised group, get in touch to discuss your ideas. I’ve produced a document that outlines the workshops available and the usual terms and conditions, please do ask me for a copy.
The aim of the workshops is to introduce you to using willow and weaving. Attendees will make something to take home, but will also gain skills at each workshop leading to gaining the knowledge and skill necessary to create a basket.

 


 

The Abdication Micropub, Daybrook.

Next course planned for October, details to follow.

Make a Celtic Frame Basket from (almost) scratch

Week One – learn how to cleave willow and make skeins for the ‘God’s Eye’ of the basket – make and practice God’s Eyes

Week Two – learn how to make hoops and ribs that will form the ‘frame’ of the basket. Attach hoops with a God’s Eye and begin weaving

Week three – complete the weave of the Celtic Frame Basket – explore willow for making other items such as bird feeders.

The above is an outline for a three half day (3 hours) course which will equip attendees with the necessary skills to undertake and complete a Celtic Frame Basket (CFB) with tuition and with the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake future frame basketry either with tuition or independently.

Frame baskets can be made with a  variety of materials, not just willow, including Ash whips (and other tree ‘whips’) brambles, wild rose etc. A future course will focus on making CFBs from the hedgerow.

3 evenings tuition including materials and tools at The Abdication – price £75 per head. Bar will be open, complementary snacks will be served.

chrisbaxtersbaskets@yahoo.co.uk or cheers@theabdication.co.uk

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All workshops are in the East Midlands, full details will be sent out to all those on my mailing list, to add yourself to the mailing list (no obligation whatsoever) please email me at chrisbaxtersbaskets@yahoo.co.uk