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Willow Weaving

Willow weaving is a bit different in that it could well involve your being outside (I saw a class at a restored medieval barn only recently), which is very appropriate, really, since willow weaving means working with a natural medium that is found out in the countryside. Willow is best weaved during the winter months, when there are no leaves on the trees, so this is when most of the activities take place.

Cane, Rush and Willow: Weaving with Natural Materials
With willow weaving you do 'exactly what it says on the tin'. By interweaving strips of willow you can make sculptures, fences, arches, baskets, chairs and vases, to name but a few items. It’s a skill that you need to take the time to learn and there are numerous classes that you can attend. They vary considerably in price, ranging from £15 for a five-hour class to the £35 mark for a four-hour workshop organised by English Heritage.

To find out where there are willow weaving, basket making and many other craft courses, go to:

Craft topics and links

Not all of the classes are run during the winter, so if you think you might be a ‘fair weather’ weaver, the Field Studies Council runs residential and non-residential week’s courses during the summer.

Willow weaving is restful, therapeutic and you can make some practical, yet beautiful things with your willow. If you like the idea of working with natural materials, then willow weaving could be for you.


The added bonus is that, although you can buy willow objects at garden centres and so on, you can save a lot of money and get much more satisfaction, by making them yourself.

This Guide to Arts and Crafts is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.
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