Basket Making Beginners

Basket Making Beginners is on Mondays 10 am to 3 pm on the following dates

Class 1 – Janice Hall:17/01, 24/01, 7/02, 28/02, 14/03, 28/03    (30 hours on total)

Class 2 – Penelope Wilson: 10 Jan, 31 Jan, 21 Feb, 7Mar, 21 Mar, 4 April (30 hours in total)

The classes are on the second floor of the Mill Building

Janice and Penelope will provide prepared basketry willow for the beginners class. Students in the intermediate class will be encouraged towards learning to prepare their own willow but this is by no means compulsory.  Janice will keep a note of materials used towards the end of each class and charge students at the end of the term, with an approximate cost of £20 depending on projects undertaken.

All the basic basketry tools are available to use in the classroom, but students are welcome to bring their own secateurs and /or other basketry tools, if they would like.

In the beginners class we will make two or three baskets per term using the stake and strand method of basket weaving .  Beginners will learn how to tie in the slath and make simple bases using the pairing weave.  They will learn how to insert the uprights and use a number of different weaves  (waling, English randing etc to achieve the sides of the basket.  Students will be encouraged to use their creative instincts to design colour into their baskets as the term progresses.  The last class of the first term will probably be dedicated to making Christmas willow wreaths and small Christmas gifts.  The second and third term will consolidate earlier learning but we shall make baskets at a larger scale.

Janice Hall is a basket maker based in Edinburgh and began making baskets over 10 years ago. It only took a one weekend course to get her hooked and she has been weaving and dreaming about baskets ever since. She weaves a range of traditional and contemporary baskets in willow and other natural fibres (rush, etc). Where possible she uses locally grown willow from Myreside in East Lothian. Janice is a member of the Basketmakers Association, the Scottish Basketmakers Circle and the Northumbria Basketry Group. She sells baskets at local craft fairs, exhibitions and direct to customers. To see more of her baskets see Instagram janicehallbaskets.


Basket Making – Beginners with Penelope Wilson

Penelope will teach this class on a Monday from 10am-3pm for six non-consecutive weeks: 

10 January, 31 January, 21 February, 7 March, 21 March and 4 April 2022 – 30 hours in total.

This class is willing to accept students mid-term, all welcome.

Penelope studied Art & Design after leaving school but was a relative late comer to basketry, finding it first as a hobby and then developing it into a profession following a career in the education sector. She now creates and sells contemporary willow basketry from her workshop in the Scottish Borders and in local shops and markets. She particularly enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for basket weaving with others and teaches willow weaving sessions with the Rosewell Development Trust and privately from her workshop. Penelope is a member of The Basketmakers Association, The Heritage Craft Association, the Scottish Basketmakers’ Circle and the Northumbria Basketry Group.

Please see some examples of Penelope’s work on her Instagram and website.

To join this class please click HERE which will take you to enrolments on the main PACC website

Enrollment for Term 2 opens 10 am Saturday 4th December