Basket Making Beginners 2021

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

13th Sept, 27th Sept, 11th October, 1st November, 15th November, 29th November (30 hours on total)

The classes are on the second floor of the Mill Building

Janice 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 £30 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.