1. The shopping basket (1:49)
Learn to weave a beautiful willow shopping basket at home at your own pace, and have all the materials you need delivered to your door.
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Basket weaving is a wonderful thing to do with loved ones.
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About this course and kit
This basket weaving kit contains everything you need to learn to weave your own traditional willow shopping basket, and it's been specially designed so that you can make your basket at home in your own time. Students get lifetime access to our 2.5-hour online basketry course, which is produced by our BAFTA-winning team, plus all the materials you need will be delivered straight to your door. This course and kit is the perfect introduction to this wonderful ancient craft and by the end you’ll be able to make a variety of round baskets in any size you like. Experience the joy and satisfaction of learning to weave a beautiful basket that you can use every day!
Here's a preview of what you'll learn to make:
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Give this basket weaving course as a gift
Our basket weaving courses make wonderful presents. In order to gift one, simply buy the course yourself, then email us at email@example.com to let us know the purchase is a gift. We will then enrol your recipient in the online course at a time of your choosing. You can choose to have the kit delivered either to yourself or the recipient. Our kits can be stored for months so you can give your gift when you are ready.
What's included in the kit?
- Two bundles of high-quality willow weaving rods, including all the sizes of willow you need to make every part of the basket.
- A thicker stick and thinner weavers to make your handle.
- 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.
This course is suitable for beginners who want a good grounding in all the basic techniques of basketry. Students also receive phone and email support in case they have any questions.
How long will the basket take to make?
You can do the shopping basket course in one afternoon, or break it up into two or three shorter sessions.
What tools do I need?
The only tools you need are a pair of secateurs and an old screwdriver - that's it!
Why learn from home?
Learning a new craft is amazing for our brains and our wellbeing, but we often find it too daunting and time-consuming to get started. With our specially-designed craft projects you can have everything you need delivered to your door with a couple of clicks and fit your creativity in around your other committments.
Can I do the course with a group?
Absolutely! Basketry has always been a communal activity and is a wonderful way to spend quality time with friends and family. But it's often difficult to organise your group to attend courses that are far away and only scheduled for certain days. With out kits you can craft and learn together at home on a day that suits you. Order multiple kits and you even get 20% off! For groups of more than five, call us on 07958355781 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a special price.
Course lesson plan
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)
How do I watch the course?+-
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?+-
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?+-
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?+-
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?+-
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?+-
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.
How long can I store the kit for?+-
Our kits can be stored indefinitely so you can keep them as long as you like and weave them when you are ready.
How big is the basket when it's finished?+-
Your basket will be about 12 inches high to the rim and 14 inches accross. But the lovely thing about weaving is that once you understand the main concepts you will be able make it any size you like.