Isn’t it so hard to find good quality books on basket making? How does everyone else learn basket making? What do you do when you can’t travel, or don’t have any teachers living in your area?
Are these some of the questions you have been pondering lately?
You finally found the right place….
My name is Hanna.
I am a basket maker and artist living in Tipperary, Ireland with my husband and 3 teenage kids.
I first got into basket making 18 years ago when we decided to move to Ireland from Belgium and for a short while stayed with a basket maker. I fell in love instantly (with the craft!). I loved the material, so flexible, renewable, able to grow easily. I also felt chills running down my spine when I though of all the lovely shapes and vessels I could create with it. And so my path began.
I have been teaching for more then 10 years. It meant a lot of travelling and preparations on my side, and the same for students if they came to learn from me. So I developed a course in which I guide you in a structured, step by step way. Easy enough to follow on your own. In your own home. In your own time.
In the course BECOMING A BASKET MAKER Course 1, Round work, I bring you from being a complete beginner to a confident basket maker.
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The course consists of 5 Projects:
Project 1. Easy round basket
Project 2. Round shopping basket
Project 3. Log basket
Project 4. Skibs ( traditional Irish potato basket) in 3 sizes.
Project 5. ‘Belly’ basket, or round bottomed basket
Each project consists of a series of video tutorials. Each video shows a new technique and in it I explain what I do, how and why.
Each project builds up in difficulty and skill level.
Techniques discussed are: 5 different rod borders, 3 types of wale, 3 ways of randing, handles (shopping handle, rod handles, raised handles), adding foot borders, shaping a basket etc.
You will get:
–Unlimited access to all video’s forever so you can go back and look at a certain technique over and over again.
-Unlimited access to me as tutor through email and Facebook.
-Regular Facebook live sessions where you can ask questions and interact with me or where I will show extra information if needed.
-A private Facebook group only for participants in the course where you can share your work, interact with other participants, ask questions and lots more.
– A printable worksheet with the ‘recipe’ for each project.
-You can work through the course at your own pace. There is no time limit. You can go as fast or as slow as you want.
–No overwhelm. New techniques are added slowly with each project so you get time to practice them before moving on to the next one.
You will need:
–Tools: Secateurs, measuring tape at least. Maybe a bodkin, wrapping iron, knife.
–Willow: Material is not included in the course. You will either have access to your own grown willow (or friends, ditches,..!) or find your local supplier. (if this is an issue, please get in touch as I might be able to help you out with that)
–A place to soak your willow. This can be a bath, stream, tub, pipes, watering trough for animals, a hole in the ground lined with plastic, …. (anything that will hold willow that is between 3 and 6ft (120cm-180cm) long for about a week at the time)
–Time to practice. Each project can take several hours (depending on each persons weaving stride) and will need to be repeated to gain full muscle memory knowledge.
– A laptop/tablet with internet connection to watch the video’s on.
This course has two payment options. Usual price is:
1. Full payment of €425.
2. Monthly payment of €90 for 5 months (total of €450)
TWO WEEK LAUNCH PRICE OFFERS:
1. Full payment of €325, save €100!
2. Monthly payment of €90 for 4 months (total of €360)
You can select an option below, whichever suits best. Both courses are exactly the same.
This is for you if:
-you are self- motivated, you really want to learn!
-you love working with your hands.
-you are a problem solver, you always figure things out.
-you would love to learn a new craft.
-you want to learn from someone with experience.
-you love working with natural materials.
-you really don’t know why but are just fascinated with baskets!
This is not for you if:
-you cannot find willow in your area (for sale or growing wild).
-you are not good at problem solving.
-you are afraid to get stuck in.
-you have arthritis in your hands, or have difficulty using your hands to do manual labour (basket making is hard work!)
-you have no internet connection.
What previous participants are saying…..
I absolutely loved your online course. It definitely suited my lifestyle. There wasn’t any part of the course that I didn’t enjoy. All the challenges in your projects allowed me to build and incorporate learned skills into following projects. I loved being able to work in my own time and space with the knowledge that if I ran into difficulties in any area I could message you and get an almost immediate reply. It was my first online course, so I didn’t know what to expect, but I now consider it money very well spent. Your guidance, delivery, clarity and enthusiasm was excellent. The format easy to follow and I have unreservedly recommended your online course to anybody who has asked where I learned my weaving skills.Trish
I’ve absolutely loved the course. Learning to weave has helped me through what has otherwise been a difficult year – so thank you!! The videos are excellent and clear and I also really liked your more philosophical points about practise and mistakes etc! I also really enjoyed the online format for sharing projects with other members, and the fact that I could go at my own pace and fit in the weaving around other plans. I think an added bonus to the online format is that it forced me to learn to manage my own willow – ordering, sorting, soaking – along the way, so I have learned skills that I may not have done through a conventional course.Anna
I though it worked out perfectly and your vidoe’s were perfect. I love the angles of the cameras and how well you explained each step. I also liked how the course built upon itself.Sandra
I loved the course because there was always another project coming it made me pratice all the more. And the really good thing is that I have the videos to go back to forever. That is a real winner.Ian
How much willow will I need?
At the start of each project I outline how much willow you will need and what lengths etc. I recommend you make each project at least 4 times, or until you feel confident, before moving onto the next one. All willow length needed is an estimate. It could be different for your specific willow. Willow should always be selected for thickness, rather then length. That said, willow needed to do all projects at least once:
3ft/ 90cm x 280 rods
4ft /120cm x 270 rods
5ft /150cm x 265 rods
6ft /180cm x 145 rods
7ft /210cm x 20 rods