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

January

19th—Hens at Rural Antics—Make a life size hen woven from willow go here for details—SOLD OUT V

February

1st Hens at Rural Antics—Make a life size hen woven from willow go here for details V

11th Hearts and Pints at The Abdication Micropub Make a heart for Valentine’s Day  7 – 9.30 £15 per head  CBB

19th,  26th and 5th March Celtic Frame Basket (CFB) at The Abdication Micropub 3 half day (9 hours  -Tuesday evenings)  learning the techniques necessary to make a CFB  CBB

24th—Willow weaving introduction at Created by Hand at Strelley Hall Make hearts, fish, dragonflies from willow and maybe more if you’re speedy!   SOLD OUT V

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

March

5th Final session for Celtic Frame Basket at The Abdication Micropub CBB

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

May

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

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

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.

 

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 19th and 26th February and 5th March  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.

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

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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.