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, 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.

September Workshop Contact details
8th Hanwell Wine Estate – Hoop and rib frame basket making
14th &27th Carlton and Gedling U3A craft group closed group
15th Private booking closed group
October Workshop Contact details
12th &25th Carlton and Gedling U3A craft group closed group
13th Windmill Community Gardens – Chicken workshop
21st Transition Garden – Sherwood – Obelisk workshop www.chrisbaxtersbaskets/workshops
23rd, 30th and 6th Nov Abdication Micropub – Celtic Frame Basket course www.chrisbaxtersbaskets/workshops
November Workshop Contact details
2nd Growing Bolder group – Mansfield Museum closed group
18th Created by Hand at Strelley Hall – Christmas workshop FULL
24th Hanwell Wine Estate – Christmas workshop
25th Windmill Community Gardens – Wreath workshop
30th Hanwell Wine Estate – Christmas workshop – Angels tbc
December Workshop Contact details
8th Bulwell Forest Garden Christmas crafts
10th Abdication Micropub – Christmas Angels FULL www.chrisbaxtersbaskets/workshops
13th Abdication Micropub – Bitter and Twisted Christmas Special
14th Growing Bolder group – Mansfield Museum – Reindeer workshop closed group

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


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.

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


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 to be confirmed (Spring 2019!)


The Abdication Micropub, Daybrook.

Make a Celtic Frame Basket from (almost) scratch

Tuesdays 23rd & 30th October and 6th November  6.30 – 9.30

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 £65 per head. Bar will be open, complementary snacks will be served. or

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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) please email me or The Abdication as above.

Hanwell Wine Estate  

8th September: Hoop and Rib Frame basket and Blackberry picking, please contact Rural Antics at Hanwell to book

Strelley Hall

Christmas Workshop:

Sunday 18th November all day choose from Angels, reindeer or stars and trees decorations to make £48


For the above workshops please book direct with the venues.