MELANIE BASTIER WORKSHOPS

OUT TO LEARN WILLOW

JULY 26 - 31, 2017

9am - 5pm


THIS SUMMER WE ARE THRILLED TO HAVE A GUEST WEAVER FROM THE UK TEACHING AT THE FARM FOR SIX DAYS!

MEL BASTIER WILL BE OFFERING FIVE EXCITING NEW PROJECTS. 

IN JUNE, 2014 WE TRAVELLED TO ENGLAND AND WALES TO TAKE SOME PRIVATE WEAVING WORKSHOPS WITH MEL. SHE IS AN AMAZING TEACHER, AN INCREDIBLE WEAVER AND we know you will enjoy her classes. 

 Mel has worked on many large and exciting projects including the Coronation Arches, a BBC set for the new Dr. Who spin off 'CLASS' and many outdoor sculptural installations for the RHS and others. Read about our time with Mel on our blog...


The workshops are listed below. Space is limited. Please read our Cancellation Policy here before you book your class. 

Irish Skib - July 26
135.00

Iris Skib

Learn how to make an Irish Skib basket, a traditional basket from the West of Ireland used to strain and serve potatoes. The skib is a low, flat circular basket and can have a decorative, openwork centre. 

*No experience necessary. 

SORRY IT'S SOLD OUT!
Welsh Cyntell - A Two Day Workshop July 27-28
265.00

The Cyntell is a traditional multi functional Welsh basket made by farmers during the winter months and used around the farm to carry things such as animal feed, potatoes, fruit and babies.

This basket is the ‘shopper’ version of the Cyntell, a beautiful frame basket made using the same techniques as the larger round Cyntell basket. You will learn the basic principles of frame basket making, making the frame and weaving across the basket as well as splitting and shaving large rods of willow to form ribs. You will also learn how to make willow skeins to wrap the integral handle. 

These skills have been handed down through generations and weaving this basket provides a strong connection to Welsh agricultural and basketmaking heritage. Included in the course will be a set of instructions that were written by the late D J Davies, the son of a Cyntell making farmer who was passionate about keeping the knowledge of weaving this particular basket alive. 

*This class is best for people who have had some willow weaving experience. 

SORRY IT'S SOLD OUT!
Random Weave Basket - July 29
135.00

Random Weave Basket

Learn how to make a basket or bowl using a random weave technique building from a simple circle to produce a beautiful sculptural piece of basketry. Handles can be added or the basket can be left as a simple bowl.

*No experience necessary. 

SORRY, IT'S SOLD OUT!
Willow Bee Skep - July 31
150.00

Willow Bee Skep

A centuries old design and the forerunner of the modern beehive. Can be used to attract some types of bees particularly bumble bees to your garden or simply as a decorative basket in the house. An excellent basket to hone your skills of shaping and practising different weaves.

*No experience necessary. 

Sorry it's sold out!
Willow Sculpture - July 30
135.00

Willow Sculpture

Make your own beautiful, unique willow sculpture. You will learn to design and create a small animal or bird sculpture, or be totally creative with something abstract. This course encourages a free and experimental approach and lots of enthusiasm!

*No experience necessary.

 

Sorry it's sold out!

If the class of your choice is sold out please CONTACT US to put your name on a waiting list, cancellations happen!

Workshops booked with guest instructors are non-refundable unless we can re-book your space, in which case we offer a refund less a $25 administration fee. 


 
 

We provide hot beverages, water and cookies for every class. On full day workshops you may bring a lunch or opt-in for a delicious catered meal. We can design an event for groups of eight to ten. If you are planning a weekend trip let us know.

The Northumberland Hills is a beautiful area for touring by car or bicycle. We can suggest local restaurants and lodging if you would like to stay locally. We will also arrange semi-private and private lessons for those interested, please contact us for dates and pricing.