On this day long workshop you will make a beautiful willow frame basket.
Using a selection of different species of willow to give a variety in colour. You will learn how to bind two hoop frames together; insert ribs to create the shape of your basket and weave away!
No previous skills necessary, although some manual dexterity and patience will be needed.
What you need: Comfortable clothing and a packed lunch. Refreshments are available to be purchased on site.
Session: Wednesday 17 August, 10am - 4pm
Tutor: Mollie McMillen
Mollie McMillen is the co-founder of the Field Farm Project, an outdoor learning centre in Hampshire near Petersfield.
Mollie began her pursuit for an outdoor life by training to be a Bushcraft instructor 15 years ago. During that experience she was introduced to many hand crafts using natural materials from the woodland.Making a small pouch from sweet chestnut bark was a pivotal moment, which had her hooked on making baskets and vessels from bark and plant fibres.
Over the years she also learned how to make baskets from willow using both traditional English and continental skills and techniques, and recently has started offering hand woven willow and plant fibre coffins to bereaved families.
Mollie teaches a vast array of subjects all grounded in the landscape and where possible using locally sourced, sustainably harvested natural materials.
Mollie and her husband Nick McMillen have founded McMillen Arts to showcase Nick’s stunning fine arts and their collective weaves and interior designs.
Book your space on Willow Basket at Hampshire Cultural Trust's Forest Arts Centre, New Milton now!