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Weaving Workshop at Wilderness Wood

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Had a great day at Wilderness Wood (East Sussex) last week, teaching a great bunch of children how to persuade willow into a functional vessel. It called for lots of perseverance and patience but we got there in the end and everyone ended up with a unique handmade basket! Brilliant!

 

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It’s been a ‘quietly busy’ month, willow-wise. A little break from making post-new year but plenty to do with harvesting last year’s willow, planting 17 different varieties of willow cuttings on a new site, and teaching a workshop at the lovely Lewes Seedy Saturday. Lots of planning for the next few months as well… Winter is therefore a jolly helpful pause in the frenetic momentum of life.

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the harvest, gleaming in the sun

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new willow cuttings in (500 of them!)

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A happy and talented student making a sweet pea obelisk at my workshop as part of Lewes Seedy Saturday

shoulder bags

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I have new shoulder bags in stock, in a range of shapes and sizes. These can be used as foraging vessels or handbags, and can take a surprising amount of weight. They are stylish, practical and unique. Leather straps made from reclaimed leather from Wolfram Lohr’s workshop (http://wolframlohr.bigcartel.com).

Each ‘basket-bag’ costs £75-80 each.

I will be taking them to the Great Dixter Winter Fair at the end of the month (26th/27th0, and if there are any left, to Wilderness Woods for their fair on the first weekend of December.

If you’d rather take your pick before they are released to the masses, get in touch!

 

 

 

Recent work and upcoming markets

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Bread/fruit baskets

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Back-basket (straps to be added)

I’ve been enjoying a few unusual commissions this summer, which has been fun and challenging. Now starting to make stock for the upcoming local winter fairs and events, namely:

  • Tunbridge Wells Farmers Markets: 12th November; 10th and 22nd December (9am-2pm, outside Town Hall)
  • Great Dixter Winter Fair: 26th & 27th November (details to follow)
  • Wilderness Wood Winter Fair: 3rd and 4th December (10am-4pm), Hadlow Down, East Sussex.

Looking forward to meeting old and new customers!