Basket Making Beginners

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

Class 1 – Janice Hall: 25 April, 9 May, 23 May, 6 June & 20 June (25 hours in total)

Class 2 – Penelope Wilson: 2 May, 16 May, 30 May, 13 June & 27 June (25 hours in total)

Classes will run from the 2nd floor of the Poldrate Mill Building.

Janice and Penelope will provide prepared basketry willow for the beginners’ class. A note of materials used will be kept towards the end of each class and students will be charged for this 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 aim to make two or three baskets per term using the stake and strand method of basket weaving. We will learn how to tie in the slath and make bases using a pairing weave, how to insert uprights and weave the upsett and experiment with different side weaves. Students will be encouraged to use their creative instincts to design colour into their baskets as the term progresses.  Subsequent terms will consolidate earlier learning whilst creating 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 her Instagram.

Penelope studied Art & Design but was a relative late comer to basket weaving, finding it first as a hobby before developing it into a profession following a career in the education sector. She creates contemporary willow basketry from her workshop in the Scottish Borders, is a member of The Crafters cooperative of artists and designers and sells her work in local shops, galleries and markets. She particularly enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for basket weaving with others and exploring the therapeutic nature of the craft. Penelope is a member of The Basketmakers Association, The Heritage Craft Association, the Scottish Basketmakers’ Circle and the Northumbria Basketry Group. 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 3 opens 26th March at 10am.