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About this course

Would you like to learn to weave beautiful traditional baskets in your own home? In this course Amanda Rayner will introduce you to many of the different weaving methods you’ll need to become an accomplished basket maker. As your course project, you'll make a lovely English shopping basket, and along the way you'll gain the knowledge and confidence to make bigger and more intricate pieces. This is a fantastic introductory course for an enthusiastic beginner. The shopping basket is a classic piece that you can use every day and it also makes an excellent present.

Meet Your New Teacher

This course has been specially designed by leading willow artist and basketmaker Amanda Rayner. Amanda weaves sculptures, installations, garden furniture and all manner of baskets from her workshop in south Wales. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and is extremely passionate about the healing power of weaving - and passing this ancient art on to the next generation.

Meet Amanda Rayner


What our students are saying:

"I got so much out of this course, Amanda is such a lovely presence in the videos and full of granular advice about how to improve your weaving. After I did this course I was able to make a round log basket using the same techniques"

Suzanne B.

"I found the course excellent. Not only was the instruction clear and easy to follow, the videos are beautiful and relaxing to watch. I can't wait to dive into more!"

Nicole. M.

"I'd wanted to take up basketry for ages and finally had a bit of time to try it. This course teaches you all the core techniques and once you're finished you have the building blocks to start designing your own creations."

Antonia C.

"The course was fantastic, I'm a convert! It was great watching my first basket take shape. Can't wait to try doing another one." 

Molly D.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for beginners looking to learn a wider variety of techniques. The shopping basket will take around half a day to make, perfect for a peaceful Sunday.

What do you need?

You will need to order about 130 sticks of willow. You will also need a pair of secateurs, that's it!

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Weaving the Willow Shopping Basket.

Learn to make this quintessential English shopping basket, with leading basketmaker and teacher Amanda Rayner.


Weaving the Willow Shopping Basket.

Learn to make this beautiful beginner fruit basket, with leading basketmaker and teacher Amanda Rayner.


When does the course start?

The course is online and you can access it at your own pace whenever you like.

How do I watch the course?

You can watch the course online through any browser. If you're on your mobile or tablet you can also watch it via our app, which is called Teachable.

How long do I have access for?

When you buy one of our courses you get lifetime access from any device you own!

Can I take the course if I live outside the UK?

Yes! Our courses are available globally.

What if I'm unhappy with the course?

Buying with us is risk free. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase in any way, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.