Bird feeder / storage basket workshop
Basket making for beginners - learn how to make this bird feeder/storage basket in this half day workshop at 57 Handmade.
In this friendly, fun, small group session you'll be taught traditional basket making techniques by local basketmaker Eleanor Morgan.
You'll use Somerset willow, a jig to form the shape and classic basketmaking tools to make at least one lovely little basket - possibly two.
Pefect for complete beginners. We'll supply all the materials and tools.
Eleanor is a Richmond based craftsperson working in green wood and willow.
Originally trained as a fine artist, she was initially drawn to textiles, especially patchwork, embroidery and knitting with a particular interest to their historical context.
However after a 20 year career in social housing an interest in natural, sustainable materials developed. She started making baskets about eight years ago following a weekend workshop and has been developing her technique since. She has a particular interest in traditional English basketmaking techniques. Carving spoons from greenwood came a few years later, but developed really quickly.
Eleanor sources much of the wood she uses locally, including her allotment in Twickenham, where she also grows a small amount of willow she uses in her baskets. She sells her work at local markets and fairs as well as on line.