Basket Making Intermediate

Tutor: Sandra Scholes
Tuesdays from 12:30am to 6:00pm on the following dates: 14/5, 21/5, 28/5, 11/6

Classes will run from the second floor of the Poldrate Mill Building.

In the intermediate class, we will aim to build on the techniques learnt in the beginners class and begin to explore design and shape, looking at techniques to enable us to bring these elements into our baskets.

To get the most from the intermediate class, students should have attended at least three terms of the beginners’ class or have gained basketry experience to enable them to create simple baskets independently.

This term will focus on frame basket making including various shaped and double hoops, different means of securing hoop joins including wiring, pegging and wrapping with skeins, making and shaping ribs, scalloming on ribs and weavers, and different types of handles and attachments.

Students in the intermediate class will be encouraged towards learning to prepare their own willow but this is by no means compulsory, as prepared basketry willow will be provided for the 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 £40-£50 depending on projects undertaken.

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

Sandra is a willow basket maker based in the Lothians. She has a particular interest in using traditional techniques including frame basketry, to design functional and decorative willow baskets and other structures for gardeners. 

She is a member of the Basketmakers Association, the Scottish Basketmakers Circle and the Northumbrian Basketry Group.

Pictures of  students enjoying the class:

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