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Workshops

This year I’m running willow weaving workshops for beginners and improvers at venues in Sussex and London. These include The Garden House in Brighton, The Hub at Bodiam, and village halls in Brede and Three Oaks. My aim is to create relaxing and enjoyable basket classes that are suitable for all abilities, and are set in unique and special locations.

Workshops for 2020

 

Basketry for beginners

On Sunday, 23rd February, 2020

Hosted by The Coach House, Streatham, London SW16

10.30-4.30pm (arriving by 10.15 please)
£95 including tools, materials, refreshments and lunch

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills

This full-day class is a fun introduction to basket weaving with natural willow. You’ll learn about this lovely native material and basketry in general, and you’ll explore a range of simple willow projects throughout the day. In the morning we’ll weave a small frame basket, then after lunch we’ll make a bird feeder or a plant potholder, using several traditional weaves. You’ll be able to add a simple border and a rolled handle to your work.  It’s a relaxing day, and a great way to start to learn Basketry. All tools and materials are supplied, and refreshments and a vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Round willow baskets 

On Saturday, 29th February, 2020

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle Street, Brede, East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.30-4.30pm (arriving by 10.15 please)
£80 including tools and materials

Please bring a packed lunch (teas and coffees are provided)

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills

In this full-day class you’ll learn how to make a traditional basket. You’ll weave the base, construct and build up the basket’s sides, then add a border, and a simple handle too if there’s time. We’ll cover several traditional weaves, including pairing, waling and randing, and you’ll learn about this lovely natural material and basket tools too. This class is suitable for keen beginners and those with a bit of experience of willow. Returning improvers can learn to do a new weave that they’ve not tried before. Brede village hall is set in a country village location, only a few miles from Great Dixter.

 

Round willow baskets

On Saturday, 7th March, 2020 

At The Hub, Quarry Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex TN32 5RA

10.15-4.45pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£80 including tools and materials

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills

The Hub has a café where coffees, teas, cake and delicious lunches are served

In this full-day class you’ll learn how to make a traditional basket. You’ll weave the base, construct and build up the basket’s sides, then add a border, and a simple handle too if there’s time. We’ll cover several traditional weaves, including pairing, waling and randing, and you’ll learn about this lovely natural material and basketry tools too. This class is suitable for keen beginners and those with a bit of experience of handling willow. Returning improvers can also learn to do a new weave that they’ve not tried before. The Hub at Quarry Farm in Bodiam is set in beautiful Sussex countryside.

 

Round willow baskets

On Thursday 19th March, 2020 

Hosted by The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton, Sussex BN1 4NT

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)

To book this workshop, please visit The Garden House website:
www.gardenhousebrighton.co.uk

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills

In this full-day class you’ll learn to make a traditional round willow basket, suitable for bread or fruit. Using natural willow grown on the Somerset Levels, you’ll create the base, construct and weave up the basket’s sides, then add a simple border to your work. You’ll learn about traditional British weaves, including pairing, waling and randing, about traditional basketry tools and about this lovely natural material and how it grows.

Nest weaving workshop

On Saturday, 28th March, 2020

Hosted by Folk at Home at Peasmarsh, near Rye, East Sussex

10.30-4.00pm (arriving by 10.15 please)

£80 including tools, materials and a vegetarian lunch

To book this workshop, please visit Folk at Home’s website:
www.folkathome.com 

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills

 In this creative workshop, set in a special location near Rye, East Sussex, you’ll learn to weave your own natural birch twig nest, using foraged materials gathered from the Sussex countryside. We have run this special weaving workshop for several years, and it’s always an enjoyable day.

Willow for the garden 

 

 Saturday, 9th May

 At The Hub, Quarry Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex TN32 5RA 

10.30-4.30pm (arriving by 10.15 please)

£80 including tools and materials

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills

 

In this full-day workshop, you’ll learn how to weave a tall willow wigwam for your sweet peas. There’ll also be an opportunity to make other types of plant containers or supports for your flowers or vegetables, using different materials and various styles. The class is set on a farm in a pretty countryside setting in East Sussex. The Hub has a café where coffees, teas, cake and delicious lunches are served.

 

Weave a traditional Irish Skib 

 Saturday, 6th June

 At The Hub, Quarry Farm, Bodiam,
East Sussex TN32 5RA

 10.30-4.30pm (arriving by 10.15 please)

£80 including tools and materials

 The Hub has a café where coffees, teas, cake and delicious lunches are served

Suitable for those wishing to improve their basket weaving skills

In this basket weaving class you’ll learn to make an Irish Skib, which is a shallow round basket originally used for potatoes. This style of basket has an attractive ‘grid-like’ centre to the base. This class is for those with a little experience of working with willow, who wish to improve their skills. Several varieties of willow are used for the weaving, creating interesting tones. First you’ll construct the base, then weave up the basket’s sides, and add a border. You’ll learn about traditional baskets and weaves, including pairing, waling and randing, about basketry tools and this lovely natural material. 

Please note that spaces on all workshops are limited to small groups so that everyone gets individual tuition. To reserve a space,
please email me via my website: 
www.christianegunzibasketry.com, via Instagram, or at info@christianegunzibasketry.com. 

Payment by bank transfer is required one month before the class, as the materials require advance preparation. 

Summer and Autumn classes to be added soon.

 

WORKING WITH NATURAL MATERIALS
Working with natural willow or birch is best for those who have a certain amount of manual dexterity.
Rush and twine are much softer materials, so they are more suitable for those whose fingers are less flexible.

Christiane Gunzi Basketry

Address: Old Town, Hastings, East Sussex
email: info@christianegunzibasketry.com

Please email me if you are interested in classes, or if you have an enquiry about a basket commission or repair.

Photograph of Christiane Gunzi

I’m a member of:

The Basketmakers’ Association and The Basketry Collective.

Yeoman and former Trade Advisor to The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.

You can follow me on Instagram.

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Photograph of Christiane Gunzi

Christiane Gunzi Basketry
Address: Old Town, Hastings, Sussex
email: info@christianegunzibasketry.com

I’m a member of:
The Basketmakers’ Association
The Basketry Collective and 
Sussex Arts Collective
You can follow me on Instagram

Please email me if you are interested in classes, or if you have an enquiry about a basket commission or repair.
For more information, you can fill in the form below to send a message.

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