A creative day in the garden with willow expert Eddie Glew. Projects include obelisks/plant supports (perfect for those sweet peas!) plus decorative sunflowers and dragonflies. You will make several items over the day to take home. Eddie will also explain the practice of using living willow to build larger structures such as dens and tunnels. (Note the actual planting of living willow is a seasonal activity, taking place only in the winter months.)
The class will be garden-based, with the studio as back-up in case of poor weather. We back onto organically farmed land with views across the fields to Carsington Water making it a lovely place to work.
Open to all – both beginners and those with experience.
“A wonderful course – the perfect combination of learning, doing and eating…being nourished all round. I will definitely be back for more!” M.J. (Derbyshire)
Tutor: Eddie Glew
Eddie is a hugely talented willow weaver and creative practitioner. His portfolio boasts a raft of innovative work from traditional baskets to sculpture and interior design.
Commissions include pieces for ‘The Worshipful Company of Basket Makers’, Merlin, Nando’s Restaurants and film production companies. He also creates work for local produce shops and private customers.
He is an experienced tutor and has featured on Chanel 4’s ‘Kirsty’s Handmade Home’ and BBC’s ‘Garden Rescue’.
To view Eddie’s own website visit www.blithfieldwillowcrafts.co.uk
“To be totally absorbed in something so pleasurable is such a wonderful experience.” G.H. (Abergavenny)
Approximately £15 per person for the willow you will use in a day.
Tools are provided but feel free to bring your own secateurs if you prefer.
Note: This materials charge is in addition to the course fee
Timings & Refreshments
Start time: Join us from 9.30am for tea/coffee and introductions. Tuition starts at 10.00am
End time: Tuition finishes around 4.30pm
There is an hour for lunch and breaks whenever you wish.
A tasty light lunch is included in the course fee. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day to help yourself and there will be home-made cake mid afternoon.
1 day workshop: £95 (includes professional tuition, lunches and refreshments)
An additional materials fee applies.
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