Willow Weaving

Adam and Emma from Willow Phoenix have been using Wakelyns willow for several years now for some of their structural and living willow projects. In 2020 that included a commission for a 1/3 scale living willow sculpture by the beach in Harwich of ‘The Mayflower‘. We are delighted that that they will be running courses here for 2022.

We have also now planted special basket willow within our agroforestry so that, in future years, all of their course material can come from our own fields.



Learn to Weave a Contemporary Hazel Handled Basket
Sunday 26th June

Experimenting with the ‘stake and strand’ method to create a contemporary, asymmetrical basket with coppiced hazel handles grown at Wakelyns. A lovely day spent playing with traditional methods and modern design. Your completed basket will be great for foraging, kindling, shopping and decoration.


Willow Sculpture – Duck
Sunday 26th June

Come and make a willow duck at Wakelyns. Make one with us in the classroom or the farmyard, whilst learning the techniques of sculpting with willow. Take away enough supplies and new-found knowledge to make another at home.


Heritage Frame Baskets
Saturday/Sunday 9th & 10th July

Frame basket making dates back to the Celts and these baskets have been essential items in homes for thousands of years. Join us for 2 days to make; a leaf tray, a berry basket and a Henny Penny basket. Creating these frame baskets will provide a great opportunity to immerse yourself in this ancient craft, in the idyllic surroundings of Wakelyns Farm.


Willow Weaving – Pot-Bellied Basket
Saturday 20th August

Learn to make a lovely, good sized contemporary basket, using the stake and strand method. We’ll play with the technique of changing the basket shape to make this pleasing, round form. You can finish your basket with handles integral to the sidings, either with symmetry or asymmetry – whichever makes you happy.


Willow Sculpture – Pig or Sheep
Saturday 20th August

Come and make a willow pig or sheep (you can choose) at Wakelyns. Make one with us in the classroom or the farmyard, whilst learning the techniques of sculpting with willow. Take away enough supplies and new-found knowledge to make another at home.


Willow Weaving – Traditional Log Basket
Saturday/Sunday 10th & 11th September

Over 2 days come and learn to make this large, sturdy, traditional log basket, which will last you a lifetime. Just in time for the autumn evenings and your log fires, this basket features several weaves and 2 handles. If you don’t have an open fire, this great sized basket could still be a really useful, beautiful addition to your home, used for storage of any kind.


Willow Christmas Decorations
Saturday 26th November

Looking for a beautiful, sustainable alternative to the Christmas plastic? Look no further! Come and learn to make stars and baubles  from willow grown at Wakelyns. With these techniques you can turn your home into a winter wonderland that won’t cost the earth.


Willow Christmas Angels
Saturday 26th November

Looking for a stunning, sustainable centrepiece for your festivities? Come and make a living willow angel or a willow lantern. These will brighten up your winter whichever one you choose. Perfect for a present!

Every workshop includes a most delicious lunch (and elevenses!), courtesy of Henrietta at the Wakelyns Bakery.

All tools and materials are provided. Take home your makings.

Book your event

Willow Sculpture - Duck on 26 June 2022 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Willow Weaving - Hazel-Handled Basket on 26 June 2022 (9:30 am - 5:30 pm)
Willow Weaving - Heritage Frame Baskets (2-Day Course) on 9 July 2022 - 10 July 2022 (All Day)
Willow Weaving - Pot Bellied Basket on 20 August 2022 (All Day)
Willow Sculpture - Pig or Sheep on 20 August 2022 (9:30 am - 5:30 pm)
Willow Weaving - Traditional Log Basket (2-Day Course) on 10 September 2022 - 11 September 2022 (All Day)
Willow Weaving - Angels on 26 November 2022 (9:30 am - 2:00 pm)
Willow Weaving- Christmas Decorations on 26 November 2022 (9:30 am - 5:30 pm)

Adam and Emma say:

“We have been working together as Willow Phoenix since 2012 and have completed various commissions, festivals, events and community projects together. We currently working on large-scale commissions for the summer season, whilst teaching at Easton College ‘Beginner’s Basketry’ course.”

“We are both very excited to be working with Wakelyns to offer a series of seasonal willow basket projects for beginners to intermediate weavers. We we be including willow grown at Wakelyns and offer the opportunity to learn more about the process of coppicing, its sustainability and how it fits in to the wider landscape of agroforestry.”

“Weaving is a  mindful, sustainable craft, good for people, nature, and the planet. It’s the perfect antidote to our fast-paced life and the finished product is authentic and will last a lifetime.Weaving is an excellent way to connect to nature and is gentle, whole body exercise.”

“We are members of the Heritage Crafts Association and support it’s aims of promoting and teaching to keep the craft viable. We have also committed to learning to make baskets from the endangered crafts Red List, to keep the craft alive and accessible to future generations.”

“We look forward to crafting with you in the beautiful setting of Wakelyns, where we will take you through the process of making your own baskets from the willow trees in the field, to your completed project.”

Here are some of Adam & Emma’s other lovely work:


Willow Sculpture - Duck on 26 June 2022 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Willow Weaving - Hazel-Handled Basket on 26 June 2022 (9:30 am - 5:30 pm)
Willow Weaving - Heritage Frame Baskets (2-Day Course) on 9 July 2022 - 10 July 2022 (All Day)
Willow Weaving - Pot Bellied Basket on 20 August 2022 (All Day)
Willow Sculpture - Pig or Sheep on 20 August 2022 (9:30 am - 5:30 pm)
Willow Weaving - Traditional Log Basket (2-Day Course) on 10 September 2022 - 11 September 2022 (All Day)
Willow Weaving - Angels on 26 November 2022 (9:30 am - 2:00 pm)
Willow Weaving- Christmas Decorations on 26 November 2022 (9:30 am - 5:30 pm)