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Wild Basketry Workshops

Machynlleth, United Kingdom

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Experience hosted by Jeanette

7 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

The day will start with a walk in the beautiful hills to gather some of the materials we will then weave. Students will use a variety of seasonally available plants including wild ivy, moss, grass, bark, nettle, or bramble to create a unique basket to take home. What we make will be dictated by the seasons, but I will try to give options where possible. Let me know in advance if there is something you would particularly like to make, or a plant you are feeling called to work with.
Other things to note
Wild weaving walks will involve being outdoors on uneven ground, please let me know if you have any mobility issues and I will try to accommodate!

Please also let me know if you have any health concerns/you have been self shielding due to Covid 19, so we can discuss your needs.
The day will start with a walk in the beautiful hills to gather some of the materials we will then weave. Students will use a variety of seasonally available plants including wild ivy, moss, grass, bark, nettle, or bramble to create a unique basket to take home. What we make will be dictated by the seasons, but I will try to give options where possible. Let me know in advance if there is something you would particularly like to make, or a plant y…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Teas and coffees will be available
  • Equipment
    All tools and materials will be provided (or gathered during the experience...
From £120
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Jeanette

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 10 Reviews
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I came to basketry through an interest in woodland management and heritage crafts, focusing on weaving in 2015 with a 2 year formal training at City Lit College, London. Here I studied many techniques, but have most recently been exploring the possibilities of plants growing local to the Dyfi Valley, having moved here in 2016. I work with moss, grass and bark alongside more traditional willow techniques to create vessels I hope are both useful and beautiful. I love sharing this unique way of connecting to environment through hands on workshops.
I came to basketry through an interest in woodland management and heritage crafts, focusing on weaving in 2015 with a 2 year formal training at City Lit College, London. Here I studied many techniques, but have most recently been exploring the possibilities of plants growing local to the Dyfi Valley, having moved here in 2016. I work with moss, grass and bark alongside more traditional willow techniques to create vessels I hope are both useful and beautiful. I love sharing this unique way of…
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Where you'll be

Depending on weather and numbers, workshops will take place either in a small timber hut, in a barn, or outside in the surrounding landscape using the wild plants we gather.

Our farm neighbours the pioneering Cambrian Wildwood which guests are welcome to explore during or after the class https://www.cambrianwildwood.org/

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 10 reviews.

Sarah
September 2020
It was an adventure just getting to the location, which is beautiful. Jeanette is great, she knows her subject very well and selecting some of the materials from the environment made the day even more special. Unlike many such activities, the basket was finished by the end of the day. It is great to have something complete to take home. The whole day felt very covid safe, but beware steep means steep. Don't forget you wellies! Thoroughly recommended.
It was an adventure just getting to the location, which is beautiful. Jeanette is great, she knows her subject very well and selecting some of the materials from the environment ma…
Robyn
August 2020
Fabulous day. Learned lots of new things. Had lots of fun. Jeanette is really lovely and so experienced in this. Really glad I went. It was a lovely way to spend the day. Great to learn so much in just one day.
Penny
August 2020
Beautiful location for a workshop on a farm surrounded by mountains. Really interesting learning about preparation and use of different fibres for weaving.
Drew
July 2020
We had such a wonderful time. Jeanette was an absolute pleasure to meet and work with. She seemed so genuinely concerned that we had a good experience. She was so patient in her teaching and it was great to feel like I was really learning something new and getting lots of hands on experience. We brought our 3 young children with us and she went above and beyond to accommodate special circumstances. It was a day well spent and we love our little basket!
We had such a wonderful time. Jeanette was an absolute pleasure to meet and work with. She seemed so genuinely concerned that we had a good experience. She was so patient in her…
Dom
July 2020
Jeanette, all I have to say is THANK YOU. This was an amazing experience made 500 times better because of you! So many thoughtful touches, such an AMAZING experience! For the guests, this is such a safe and COVID safe experience. Outdoors and close to nature! 100% recommended
Jeanette, all I have to say is THANK YOU. This was an amazing experience made 500 times better because of you! So many thoughtful touches, such an AMAZING experience! For the gues…
Richard
January 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed the basket making experience, wonderful location and Jeanette was both a good teacher and friendly as a person. Although we were there during a stormy spell in January we were comfortable and hardly noticed the weather during the experience.
Thoroughly enjoyed the basket making experience, wonderful location and Jeanette was both a good teacher and friendly as a person. Although we were there during a stormy spell in J…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 8 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

outdoor gear- waterproofs or sunhats etc as the weather demands!

a packed lunch