30 Nov | 10.30-5.30pm | Tutor Hannah Ehlert | £59
Willow Winter Wonders! Give your festive decorations a natural touch this season: Wreaths, stars and hearts, mini willow xmas trees for the table, or gorgeous reindeer – who can resist? Enjoy the satisfaction of going home with lots of projects and a great introduction to willow weaving.
What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
Enjoy a productive day of learning about some traditional principles of willow weaving. Just in time for Christmas, we will use these to make festive decorations for the season. Whether used to embellish the wintery garden, door-wreath or your table and tree, the projects are beautiful with their natural charm. They look great combined with slices of dried citrus fruit, fabric and ribbons in festive colours etc.
There will also be a section where students can get advice on how to gather their own hedgerow material, or how to order and treat willow and what tools to get.
Expect to go home with at least 5 items of varying difficulty.
This course is suitable for all abilities and age 16 upwards and no previous experience is required.
Students should be able to have full use of both arms and hands. People with strongly strained shoulders or wrists might struggle with manipulating the withies.
Starting with hands-on projects, you will be learning basic rhythms of weaving, principles of ratios, moisture and limits of the material.
Stepping the projects up in difficulty, we will move from wreaths on to trees, hearts, stars and will finish with a woven reindeer.
The course will be taught in a mixture of demonstration and application in the group.
What do I need to bring with me?
Bring your own finery: ribbons, bells and any other decorative materials you wish to incorporate!
Please also bring pen + paper to make notes, and your glasses if needed. If you have sharp secateurs, please bring those along!
Are there any additional costs?
No, all tools and materials are provided.
About the tutor
Hannah Ehlert has successfully run creative green woodworking courses for the last 11 years. These include hazel wattle hurdles, Swedish spoon- and wood carving, baskets, wood projects for children. During her 3 year- coppice worker apprenticeship she has trained with a variety of craftspeople. She works in schools as well as with adults and community groups. She also runs family & adult Nature Connection courses and works as a qualified Forest School practitioner.
Her classes bring people effortlessly closer and combine fun together with quiet, relaxing time being deeply absorbed in your own project and connecting with nature´s wonders hands-on. People who wish to contact Hannah with questions can do so through firstname.lastname@example.org
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