Willow Workshops at Choice Baskets

Willow Workshops at Choice Baskets

Last week we held our second workshop of 2017 – Dragonfly’s and Bee’s, and what an evening we had. Willow weaving is not as easy as you would think, for a start willow doesn’t bend or it bends too much and cracks. There’s a fine line between the two. Before you even consider making something, you need to “work” the willow to make it more pliable. How do you do that? I hear you ask, well, starting at one end of the willow you gently bend the willow between your thumb and forefinger, moving along the length slowly. By the time you get to the end, your willow should be slightly bent and more easy to guide into shape.

And that’s when the fun begins, persuading the willow to take the shape you want, without flicking the end into someone else’s face, or worse still snapping the willow. Its all taken in good spirit, and the group are enjoying the Fizz and Nibbles as they sweet talk their willow into doing what they want!

I am no expert, but having done a couple of workshops, I was pleased to be able to help others with their binding and weaving for the Bee’s. In fact, I was quite surprised I remembered how we joined our circles together when making baskets almost a year ago! And following that, I actually managed to help some of the ladies get started on their Dragonfly’s. Thanks must also go to Val Preston, she’s becoming quite the expert at our Workshops, and is pretty good at teaching others as well.

Anyway, I’m not going to bore you, here’s some pictures of finished Dragonfly’s and Bees’s:

Willow Workshops at Choice Baskets Last week we held our second workshop of 2017 - Dragonfly's and Bee's, and what an evening we had. Willow weaving is not as easy as you would think, for a start willow doesn't bend or it bends too much and cracks. There's a fine line between the two. Before you even consider making something, you need to "work" the willow to make it more pliable. How do you do that? I hear you ask, well, starting at one end of the willow you gently bend the willow between your thumb and forefinger, moving along the length slowly. By the time you get to the end, your willow should be slightly bent and more easy to guide into shape. And that's when the fun begins, persuading the willow to take the shape you want, without flicking the end into someone else's face, or worse still snapping the willow. Its all taken in good spirit, and the group are enjoying the Fizz and Nibbles as they sweet talk their willow into doing what they want! I am no expert, but having done a couple of workshops, I was pleased to be able to help others with their binding and weaving for the Bee's. In fact, I was quite surprised I remembered how we joined our circles together when making baskets almost a year ago! And following that, I actually managed to help some of the ladies get started on their Dragonfly's. Thanks must also go to Val Preston, she's becoming quite the expert at our Workshops, and is pretty good at teaching others as well.

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