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About this course and kit

Do you want to learn to weave beautiful traditional baskets but not sure where to get your willow and other materials from? This course and kit bundle is perfect for you. Place your order now and you'll get lifetime access to Amanda Rayner's online course Weaving the Willow Bicycle Basket, plus all the materials you'll need will be delivered straight to your door. Our kits are great for beginners and also make fantastic gifts for loved ones.

Here's a preview of what you'll learn to make:

What's included in this course?

This course has been specially produced by our team of BAFTA and EMMY-winning filmmakers.
You'll learn to:

Weave the D-shaped base

Learn the special techniques to weave a D-shaped basket base, making the the basket the right shape for attaching it to the handle bars.

Master the slewing weave

Learn how to do this gorgeous multifaceted slewing weave. You'll also start learning how to prepare and weave different types and colours of willow.

Go on to weave a willow backpack

Use the skills you've learned in this course to weave other projects like this willow backpack, perfect for picking apples or collecting logs.

What's included in the kit?

In the kit you will receive:
  • A bundle of about 90 high-quality buff willow weaving rods.
  • 200 fine brown willow rods to make the sides.
  • A soaking bag. Your brown willow will need to be soaked for a few days before you weave it, full instructions are included.
  • A wire tie, which is used to tie the rods together and help the basket keep its shape during weaving.

Meet your Teacher

This exclusive course has been designed by leading willow artist and basket-maker 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 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'm enjoying the course very much. The tutorials are really clear and easy to understand. I particularly like the fact that I can go back and watch different sections again if I'm not sure about something. I've learned a lot from making the basket and really enjoyed doing it!"

Jane Chapman

"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

More feedback from our students

Why take up basket making?

Basketmaking requires almost no tools, can be done at home in your kitchen or garden and the raw material - willow rods - costs very little. Basket making can be hugely therapeutic. Its rhythmic, repetitive nature is great for relaxing your brain and unwinding from a stressful day. You’ll get a huge sense of satisfaction and pride as you watch your weaving build into a beautiful basket. It’s a lovely thing do on your own or with a group of friends. We teach basketry at MYOWN2HANDS.CO because it's something humans have done for almost all our time on earth. It feels very familiar and is wonderfully satisfying to learn.

Who is this course for?

This course and kit is perfect for beginners looking to learn a wide variety of basketry techniques. The bicycle basket will take around half a day to make, perfect for a peaceful Sunday.

What do you need?

Once your order the course your willow kit will be dispatched immediately. Apart from that, you will also need a pair of secateurs and an old screwdriver - that's it!

Lesson Plan

Introduction

1. Meet Amanda

2. The Bicycle Basket

3. An introduction to willow

4. Preparing the willow for weaving

5. Tools

Weaving the base

6. The D-shaped base

7. Finishing the D-shaped base

Weaving the sides

8. The upset

9. The three rod wale

10. The slewing weave

11. The top waling

Finishing the Bicycle Basket

12. Weaving the border

13. Putting the basket on your bike!

Pricing

Choose the course only, or the course and kit

The Bicycle Basket Course only – £57
The Bicycle Basket Course and Kit – £97

Get 20% off when you buy more than one kit

Course FAQs

When does the course start?

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All our courses are online and you can access them at your own pace whenever you like.

How do I watch a course?

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You can watch our courses 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?

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When you buy one of our courses you get lifetime access from any device you own! You can rewatch the course as many times as you want.

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

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Our courses are available globally, however we can only deliver kits within the UK.

What if I'm unhappy with the course?

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We would never want you to be unhappy! 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.

Give this course as a gift

In order to gift one of our courses, simply buy the course yourself, then email us at hello@myown2hands.co to let us know the purchase is a gift. We'll send you a unique coupon code and access instructions that you can send on to your loved one.

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