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).

But I hope if you come for more than one workshop your skills may develop so that we can attempt a basket together.

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 – please get in touch to discuss how we can work together, usually I require a minimum of four attendees.

TO BOOK: Scroll to contact form at the bottom to reserve a place, 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

To ensure you don’t miss a booking deadline, here are the dates for the workshops described below

Location Date Book by Price
Hanwell Wine Estate 27th January 2018 15th January 2018 £85
The Place, Sherwood 4th February 2018 26th January 2018 £20
The Place, Sherwood 17th,24th February & 3rd March 2018 7th February 2018 £60
Primary Gardens 18th February 2018 11th February 2018 £25
Primary Gardens 4th March 2018 25th February 2018 £20
Strelley Hall 11th March 2018 FULLY BOOKED £48

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

Willow Sundays at Primary Gardens

First Sunday in the month on a rolling programme. We’ll be having a break during winter, please check back for when we return.

Come and join us at Primary Gardens. NG7s very own urban Garden Centre. Located in the grounds of  ‘We Are Primary’  on the first Sunday of the month  we will be making different willow creations each month designed to be beautiful and useful in the home and Garden.

Half day  (£20) — includes materials, tools and hands on tuition.

Chris Baxter’s Baskets – Willow Sundays at Primary Gardens

The aim of these 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.

Spheres and Chickens – using a free weave technique you will create a willow sphere, the enterprising amongst you can turn these into chickens!

Willow for the home and garden. You can make a choice of a willow heart or a fish (or several)


We’re going to have a little break for the weather to get a bit warmer and will return ready for spring we will sow sweet peas and make a support for them. The Obelisk workshop on 4th February – will be moved to The Place.

18th February 2018 – A Primary Gardens and Chris Baxter’s Baskets collaboration to start the New Year.

Come and plant sweet pea seeds in a pot and make a willow support for them. All materials, including seeds and instruction provided 10 – 1         £25

Book by 11th February

Hurdles/ Bed edging/fencing. Make a one metre by 30 cm ‘hurdle’ using traditional methods, once the technique is learned hurdles of all sizes can be made! Next workshop date 4th March 2018 this will be using fresh cut willow if I am able to source it, fresh willow weaving is a great experience.

The Place Activity Centre, Sherwood

Make a Celtic Frame Basket from (almost) scratch

17th and 24th February and 3rd March 2018  (Saturdays) time 10 -1

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 half days tuition including materials and tools at The Place Sherwood – price £60 per head

Please contact Chris at Email: chrisbaxtersbaskets@yahoo.co.uk Facebook and Twitter @Baxtersbaskets

All workshops are in Nottingham, full details will be sent out to all those on my mailing list, to add yourself to the mailing list (no obligation whatsoever) fill in contact form below.

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Workshops for the New Year at Hanwell Wine Estate  

27th January, come and have a full day working with willow, we’ll make bird feeders and a chicken during the day, there is a programme organised that includes lunch and a glass of locally produced wine from the vineyard, it will be a special day. Please book by 15th January

And Strelley Hall

The date for Strelley Hall is 11th March – Mothering Sunday you can choose from a heart, a dragonfly or a flower for your garden – or if you’re speedy – all three!

For both workshops please book direct with the venues.

Thanks