Ivy Baskets

ivy basket workshop sussex

October 7/8 (Friday/Saturday)

10.30am-5pm both days 


Venue: ancient coppiced  woodland on a family-run working  farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm Nr Heathfield, East Sussex.

On this two-day course, we’ll forage ivy from the woods and weave it into a frame basket. You’ll learn how, where and when to harvest the best ivy to weave with, and how to make the frame from wild willow. By the end of this course you’ll leave with all the knowledge you need to make a frame basket from start to finish with foraged materials.

Your basket will have beautiful texture and subtle colouration from the ivy. And if you want to put it to practical use, it’ll be perfect for fruit, or for storing eggs, garlic etc in your home. You’ll look at ivy in a new light after these two days.

Suitable for all levels, including beginners. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention, and the currently required physical distancing.

A light vegetarian lunch is provided, we’ll have have a kettle on the camp fire, plus a huge tarp on hand for cover in case we need it. I aim to offer you a satisfying learning experience as well as an enjoyable time away from it all. To support you in getting the most from the days, we’ll connect to the woodland surroundings through a short and simple, guided mindfulness-based practice.

I truly enjoyed your course- I think you have creative skills and calm methodical practice in such a great balance. I enjoyed making ‘something’ from ‘nothing’ and will make sure I spend time to use what I’ve learned. NR, Sussex

Accommodation: camping is available at the farm venue and full details about this will be sent to you when you book on the course. The farm also has glamping options, including cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners. The cost of staying at the farm is not included in the course.

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See you in the woods!

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