Basket Making Introductory Course


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Our one day Basket Making course is the perfect introduction to one of the oldest crafts known, basket remains dating back to 8,000BC have been found in Egypt!

Until the early part of the 20th century Northamptonshire had many family businesses who made their living from basket making. Our course at Stanwick Lakes is only two miles from Raunds, where 5 generations of the Shaw family made baskets and hampers and had their own osier beds in Raunds Meadows.

During our ‘Introductory Day’ you will learn the traditional skills necessary to make a small round willow basket for holding fruit, bread, vegetables etc. Working with buff willow that has been pre-soaked and mellowed, you will discover how to cut the slathes and form a base before staking and weaving the sides of your basket.

The group size is limited to just 6 people – so that each person is provided with all the support and help they need during the day.

The basket making day will be run by Maggie Smith, professional basket maker and artist. To take a look at some of Maggies amazing work click the link below:

Maggie Smith

‘It was brilliant, the day flew by and it exceeded my expectations by miles!’  Erica E

‘Absolutely fascinating day. Learnt – and achieved- far more than I thought I could!’  Sonia F 

This course starts at 9.30am and finishes at approximately 4pm. The building will be open from 9.15am so please arrive ready to start on time. The Craft Centre is the wooden barn with two chimneys, next to the dry stone walls. It is easily visible from the car park. Free exit car parking tickets will be given out at the end of the course.