7Attached is the course list for Wyldwoodwillow 2017. I run variations on all the courses elsewhere at Humble by Nature nr Monmouth, Sustainability Centre, Hampshire, Keveral Farm in Cornwall and wherever else I am asked to go. The courses listed below run at Usk Castle, Monmouthshire, NP15 1SD and are designed to be fun, educational and taken as one offs or part of a series. Most are suitable for the beginner but anyone with some weaving experience will also enjoy them and there is always something new to discover.9

Please bear in mind that working with willow can be tough on the hands and wrists and therefore if you have RSI, carpel tunnel syndrome or have just had an operation please talk to me beforehand.  All tools and materials are provided and plenty of tea, coffee, cake and biscuits to keep the energy up. I do not provide lunch so bring a sandwich or hot you wish.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAPlease apply to me Amanda Rayner by phone 07816005251 or email
 To secure a space on the course payment in full by BACS at least 1 week before the workshop is necessary or a cheque by post 2 weeks before course date.
Gift vouchers are also accepted for workshops.
B+B available at Castle farm, Usk or Oak Farm,Gwehelog.

February 5th Sunday 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm Valentines Hearts £35
Weave several different hearts using various colours of willow to make a selection of beautiful hearts to keep or give away to loved one…

March 18th Saturday 10am-4pm     Garden Hurdles and Peaframes – £65
Something to separate areas of the garden and grow sweet peas or runner beans up, what could be better with spring on the way.

April 30th Sunday 10am-4pm Woven willow sculpture – £65
Learn to make sculptural pieces for the garden with willow. From pheasants and chickens to bunnies and hares… Or abstract forms

May 13th Saturday  10am-4pm Willow shopping basket – £65
Come and enjoy the beautiful setting at Usk Castle and weave a shopping basket whilst admiring the scenery. You will make a strong and durable basket to take to the shops! with different coloured willows using six different techniques including pairing, putting on the upsett,waling,randing,laying the border and putting on and wrapping a handle.

June 4th Sunday 10am-4pm Willow garden basket or “trug”
A different style of stake and strand basket to make with colourful willow with an oval base and low sides perfect for picking peas or cut flowers.

July 16th Sunday 10am-4pm Willow Sculpture
Due to popular demand I have been asked to run another sculpture weaving workshop at the Castle. Abstract sculpture in the form of balls or shapes,animals,birds, bee’s,butterflies…. Anything smaller than a pig welcome!

September 28th- October 1st 9.30-5.30 daily Willow coffin weaving
£420 per person or £720 for pairs.
An intensive course to weave your own coffin. Learn how to put this large shape together with a fitted lid, handles and clasps.All made from willow.
Due to the nature of this work you are welcome to work in pairs.

October 8th Sunday  10am-4pm  Apple gatherer – £65
Learn how to weave this traditional frame basket with beautiful coloured willows, perfect for the autumn harvest.

 November 12th Sunday   10am-4pm Hedgerow basketmaking – £65
Weave a beautiful fruit bowl or bread basket with wild willows and hedgerow material such as bramble,ivy, clematis,sedge,rush,larch,dogwood and many others. A perfect Christmas gift,wall hanging or useful basket to keep and love.

December 3rd Sunday   10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm   Christmas decorations – £35
Learn how to make these popular decorations beginning with a simple tree or two,an angel, some  stars!
  Mince pies and mulled wine definitely included!

I am away teaching during some of the summer months at some of the many festivals which happen around the country.
(see events page to catch up with me…)
I am also available for group hire and prepared to travel for group bookings,hen do’s etc. I have my festival set up consisting of 16ft yurt for sleeping and a large canvas tent with open sides 12mx8m as my weaving workshop.Get in touch for prices etc.