Basketry: weaving in willow

Course Dates: 05/11/19 - 26/11/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Annemarie O'Sullivan

Explore basic willow basketry structures and weaves. This course will guide beginners through a simple project to make a small, round, functional basket.


What is the course about?

This courses will guide you through a step by step process to make a round willow basket. You will be provided with a thorough reference to traditional willow skills. You will learn abut how willow is grown and prepared, and what tools are used in traditional functional basketmaking.

What will we cover?

We will cover the selection and preparation of willow, making a simple round base, several weaving techniques including pairing, waling and randing. You will learn to make a simple rod border.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Select willow suitable for different stages of the basket
- Weave willow using several different techniques
- Complete a round basket

Advanced students should be able to:¿
- Build on existing basketry knowledge
- Explore how weaves can be manipulated to give different effects
- Make a double rod twisted handle.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for beginners and those who have made some willow baskets but would like to reinforce their basic skills.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is a practical course. You will be taught by demonstration, individual and group tuition. There will be examples and pictures to help you.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Basketry is completely absorbing, you can't think of anything else
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Review by Anne D / (Posted on 08/12/2018)
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Course Code: VC220

Tue, day, 05 Nov - 26 Nov '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £152.00

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