You have been making basket for a while and you really would like to learn more, you are hooked! But where can I find a good teacher? How can I learn when I cannot travel or do not have any teachers in my area? You would love to know more techniques but really don’t know where to start or what to learn first.

You found the right place….

I have developed this course, BECOMING A BASKET MAKER COURSE 2: Oval work just for you. Once confident in round work it is time to stretch your skills and learn some more weaving techniques…. AND all from the comfort of your own home. Yes! this is an online course developed to bring you on from round work and teach you a wide range of oval base options as well as other advanced techniques. ONLINE. You don’t need to go anywhere….


My name is Hanna.

I am a basket maker and artist, living in Tipperary, Ireland, with my husband and 3 teenage children.

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. 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.

After years of learning I was asked to teach some friends. And I soon realised there were lots more people interested in learning from me! As demand grew I realised my own work was suffering from lack of time and I felt a real drive to start teaching online. This way I could teach from home. I would have loved an online program like this when I was starting out!

So here we are. Two years later and some trials and errors made….. BECOMING A BASKET MAKERS, course 1, round work, has been going strong. And now I am launching Course 2, Oval work.

Oval shopping basket witrh apples
Oval basket with flared sides, Project 2.

BECOMING A BASKET MAKER Course 2, Oval work: Launching July 1st.

You no longer have to do this alone…..

You no longer have to figure everything out by yourself….

You can learn from me, with me and others on this path, to improve your skills set step by step.


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Oval work is a lot like round work, only we start off with a different base. Having an oval base does open up some more opportunities to play with shape and other techniques. In this course you will learn 4 different kinds of oval bases and with each project I will also introduce different weaving techniques. I do however presume the basic weaving techniques like pairing, randing, different kinds of wale and borders are understood and well known to you. Those techniques are fully explained in my course on round work.

The course consists of 5 Projects:

Each project building on the previous one slowly increasing in difficulty and adding on new techniques. 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.

Project 1. Oval tray (techniques thought: oval base with reverse pairing, control and 5 behind 2 border)

Project 2. Oval shopping basket with flared sides (Techniques: Small oval base, double French randing, controlling shape (flaring),4 rod wale in front of 2 behind 2, handle)

Project 3. Oval peg basket (Techniques: Oval underfoot base, slewing)

Project 4. Oval basket with a frame base.(Techniques: Frame base, making and attaching scalloms, packing, handle no.2)

Project 5. Oval picnic basket with lids.(Techniques: Alternative weaving oval base, making lids, hinges and fittings)

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.

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.

-Once you have bought the course you will automatically get any update to this course.

You will need:

Tools: Secateurs, measuring tape at least. Maybe a bodkin, rapping 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.

picnic basket, Project 5.

This course has two payment options: Usual price

1. Full payment of €595.

2. Monthly payment of €125 for 5 months (total of €625)

Buy now at launch prices! (Until July 15)

1. Full payment of €495. SAVE €100!

2. Monthly payment of €130 for 4 months (total of €520)


Oval picnic basket with lids, Project 5.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Oval shopping baskets on a frame base, Project 4.

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How much willow will I need?

I have given an exact amount of willow with each project. Keep in mind that I would recommend you do each project at least four times before moving on to the next one and that the willow lengths are approximate, willow should be selected more so for thickness then length. Below is a list of willow you will need to do each project once. (Recommendation is to multiply by 4 to complete the course)

3ft /90cm x 325 rods

4ft /120cm x 410 rods

5ft /150cm x 135 rods

6ft /180cm x 4 rods

7ft / 210cm x 6 rods

Oval tray, Project 1

Where do I buy willow?

Below is a list of willow suppliers from all around the world. Many will ship outside of their own country.

Best option is off course to grow your own willow. I have also included places to buy cuttings from. You can find a comprehensive willow guide (on how to plant, harvest, prepare and grow willow) by clicking on the following link here.

Where to get willow for cuttings (planting) and weaving:

Most basket makers would have some willow growing or know someone who does. If you know a basket maker local to you ask for advice.

In Ireland:

Barry Noyce Tipperary, his number is 086 8241393. He has a wide variety of willow varieties available and sells cuttings in the winter months.

Future forests in co. Cork have basket making willow varieties for sale as cuttings. They are not great at labelling and named varieties. Their website is here

The Organic Centre in Leitrim has some willow varieties for sale as cuttings. Their website is here

United Kingdom:

Musgrove willow growers in Somerset, UK.

Somerset Willow Growers UK

Coates English Willow, UK

West Wales willows, Wales.

Redstone Willows, Cheshire,

Blencogo Willow, Scotland:

The willow bank, Gloucestershire, UK :

World of willow, Dorset, UK:

Windrush willows near Exeter UK:


L’osier de Guedrod, France :


De Vos. Belgium. shipping all over Europe


Hans Ender, Germany:

Andreas Schardt KG, Germany:


Living Willow Farm, Roseville, Ohio, USA:

Or his other website The Basket Farmer, Ohio, USA:

Dunbar Gardens, Washington, USA:


The Branch Ranch, Warkworth, Ontario, Canada: SHIPPING TO USA and they have willow available!

They have a lovely video about soaking willow

Lakeshore willows, Wainfleet, Ontario, Canada:

New Zealand:

Go Willow, New Zealand:

And this is not an exhaustive list, there must be more out there that I haven’t found yet….!