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    The Willow Shopping Basket

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

About this course and kit

Do you want to learn to weave this beautiful willow shopping basket at home at your own pace? And have all the materials you need delivered to your door? Our carefully-designed courses and kits take all the inconvenience and uncertainty out of learning a new craft. They're great for beginners and great to do with friends or family (see our group discount). They also make a wonderful creative gift for the hard-to-buy-for. 

Nourish your soul

Learning a new craft is amazing for our brains and our wellbeing, but the number one reason so many of us never lear is that it's too daunting and time-consuming to get started. we don't know where to get the right tools and materials and going to an in-person course often means arranging childcare or other cover, travelling large distances or paying for overnight stays. They also only happen on certain days of the year.

At MYOWN2HANDS.CO our customers can learn when it suits them and fit in vital, brain-nourishing downtime around their other commitments. Many are professionals, parents or carers who need to nourishing downtime but can't easily book time away.

Our tried and tested, beautifully-shot video courses convey all the right information at exactly the right time, which means our students get fantastic results (see the video testimonials below). We send all the materials straight to your door, so you can make your basket at home whenever you like. Plus you also get lifetime access, which means you can re-watch it as many times as you want and retain all your new skills.

Learn at your own pace

You can do the shopping basket course in one afternoon, or break it up into three manageable 1 to 2-hour sessions.

The course includes more than two hours of expert, step-by-step tuition which you can access from home on any device, plus real-time support from our team if you have any additional questions. You also get lifetime access, which means you can re-watch it as many times as you want and retain all your new skills.

What's included in the kit?

In the kit you will receive:
  • A bundle of about 140 high-quality willow weaving rods.
  • A soaking bag - your willow will need to be soaked for a couple of hours 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.
  • Orders are shipped the next working day by 48 hour courier.

Here's what our customers are saying:

Meet your 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.

"If you've never tried basketry you're in for a treat. It was super relaxing and much easier than I was expecting to learn. Plus there's so much you can do with willow. This course is a great way into it."

Will H.

Why take up basketmaking?

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.

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.

What do you need?

Once your order the course your willow 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. The shopping basket (1:49)

2. An introduction to willow (4:25)

3. Preparing the willow for weaving (2:53)

4. Tools (1:26)

Weaving the base

5. The slath (4:54)

6. Weaving the base (18:02)

Weaving the sides

7. Putting on the upset (7:19)

8. The three rod wale (14:14)

9. French randing part 1 (9:20)

10. Completing the French randing (5:45)

11. The top three rod wale (7:40)

Finishing the basket

12. Weaving the border (11:04)

13. Finishing the border (5:37)

14. Fitting the handle bow (11:26)

15. Finishing the handle (15:48)

Pricing:

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Course FAQs

How do I watch the course?

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The course is online so you can access it from your laptop, phone, tablet or any other device whenever you like. 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, which means you can watch it whenever you want and as many times as you want in future. This means you will always retain your new knowledge and skills.

How can I ask questions and get additional help during the course?

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Our team are always on hand via phone and email to help with any questions you may have. You can also book a video call with us if you want additional support with your project.

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

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Yes! Our courses are available globally. however we can currently only ship basketry kits to inside the UK.

How long will it take for my kit to arrive?

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We mail our kits out the next working day Via 48 hour courier, though delivery times can vary a bit. Please get your order in by 5pm the previous day to ensure it gets sent out the following day.

What if I'm unhappy with the course?

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If you are unsatisfied with your course in any way, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a refund. Our courses are also transferrable, which means that if you don't feel you have bought the right one for your skill level, we will advise you and then transfer you to the right product. We love helping our clients and we work closely with them to make sure they have the best possible experience with us.

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 then enrol your recipient in the course a time of your choosing.

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