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Workshops

In 2021 I’ll be running a range of willow-weaving workshops for beginners and improvers, mainly in Sussex and London. Venues include The Garden House in Brighton, The Hub at Bodiam, and Brede Village Hall, near Rye in Sussex. My aim is to create relaxing, enriching, and enjoyable basketweaving experiences for all abilities, which are all run by me in small groups, at light, airy, spacious venues, in unique and special locations.

Workshops for 2021

 

Basketry for beginners

On Saturday, 20th March, 2021

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

10.30-4.30pm (arriving by 10.15 please)
£90 including all tools and materials

Please bring a packed lunch

Suitable for complete beginners

This full-day class is a fun introduction to weaving with natural willow. You’ll learn about this lovely native material and basketry in general, and you’ll explore a range of simple 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 border and a handle to your work. It’s a relaxing day, and a great way to start to learn about basketry. Brede Village Hall is a light, airy and spacious venue, with plenty of room for safe social distancing. It is set in an easily accessible country village location, only a few miles from Great Dixter and Rye. All the tools and materials needed for the day are supplied. 

Round willow baskets 

On Saturday, 17th April, 2021

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

10.30-4.30pm (arriving by 10.15 please)
£90 including tools and materials

Please bring a packed lunch

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills

In this full-day class you’ll learn how to make a traditional round willow basket. You’ll weave the base, construct and build up the basket’s sides, then add a border, and a 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 a new weave that they’ve not tried before. Brede Village Hall is light, airy and spacious, with plenty of room for safe social distancing. It is set in an easily accessible country village location, only a few miles from Great Dixter and Rye. All the tools and materials for the day are supplied. 

 

Willow for the garden 

On Saturday, 24th April, 2021

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

10.30-4.30pm (arriving by 10.15 please)
£90 including tools and materials

Please bring a packed lunch

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills

In this full-day workshop, you’ll learn how to weave a tall, elegant willow wigwam for your sweet peas and other climbing plants, which you can then take home and use in a large plant pot or in the flowerbed. There’ll also be an opportunity to make other types of plant supports for your flowers or vegetables, using different materials and weaving styles. All the tools and materials needed for the day are supplied.

 

Nest-weaving workshop

27th March (or else in April – country location near Rye, Sussex – all details to be confirmed nearer the time!)

Suitable for beginners and improvers

 In this special full-day workshop, you’ll learn to weave your own beautiful birch twig nest, using natural foraged materials gathered from the Sussex countryside. I have run this popular birch weaving workshop for several years now, and it’s always an enjoyable, happy and uplifting day. 
All the tools and materials for the day are supplied.

Willow frame baskets

On Saturday, 15th May, 2021

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

10.30-4.30pm (arriving by 10.15 please)
£90 including tools and materials

Please bring a packed lunch

Suitable for improvers and keen beginners

In my new full-day workshop, you’ll learn to make an attractive and versatile ‘frame’ basket, using natural English willow. In this kind of basket, willow hoops and ribs form the basic structure. You’ll weave the basket using a mixture of willow, rush and other materials. Traditional frame baskets have been around for nearly a thousand years, and a type of ‘hen’ basket would once have been used by Scottish crofters to carry a broody chicken! This new class is ideally suitable for those who have a little bit of willow-weaving experience. All the tools and materials needed for the day are supplied.

  

Please note that places on all my workshops are limited to small groups so that everyone gets enough individual tuition and has plenty of space.
To reserve a place, please contact me via my website: 
www.christianegunzibasketry.com, via Instagram, or fill out the form below. 

 Payment by bank transfer is required one full month before the class, as the materials require advance preparation. 
If the Covid restrictions change and I need to cancel a class, or if a venue has to close, I will reimburse you in full.

Summer and Autumn 2021 basketweaving workshops will be added soon!

 

WORKING WITH NATURAL MATERIALS
Working with natural willow or birch is suitable for those with a certain amount of manual dexterity.
Soft materials such as rush and twine are easier to handle, so are better for those whose fingers are less flexible.

Photograph of Christiane Gunzi

Christiane Gunzi Basketry

Address: Old Town, Hastings, Sussex
 

I’m a member of:

The Basketmakers’ Association and The Basketry Collective.

I was Trade Advisor to The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers 2017-2019.

You can follow me on Instagram.

 

Please use the contact form below to email me if you are interested in basket classes, or if you have an enquiry about a basket commission or repair. If you give me your email address, I’ll add you to my mailing list.

Photograph of Christiane Gunzi

Christiane Gunzi Basketry
Address: Old Town, Hastings, Sussex

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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