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In 2021 I’ll be running a range of willow weaving workshops for beginners and improvers, in Sussex and London. The venues will include The Garden House in Brighton, The Hub at Bodiam, and Brede Village Hall, near Great Dixter. My aim is to create relaxing, enriching, and enjoyable basket weaving experiences that are suitable for all abilities, and are held in light, airy, spacious venues, in unique and special locations.

Workshops for 2021

 

Basketry for beginners

On Saturday, 27th February, 2021

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

10.30-4.30pm (arriving by 10.15 please)
£95 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 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. 

Round willow baskets 

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)
£95 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 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. 

 

Frame 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)
£95 including tools and materials

Please bring a packed lunch

Suitable for improvers and keen beginners

In this new full-day workshop, you’ll learn to make an attractive and versatile ‘frame’ basket, using natural willow hoops and ribs to form the structure. You’ll then weave the body of the basket using a mixture of willow, rush and other native materials. Traditional frame baskets have been around for nearly a thousand years, and this type of ‘hen’ basket would originally have been used by crofters to carry a broody chickhen! This new basket weaving class is ideally suitable for those who have a little bit of willow weaving experience.

 

Nest weaving workshop

April 2021 (date, venue and other 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 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 and uplifting day.

Willow for the garden 

May, 2021 (date, venue and other details to be confirmed nearer the time!)

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. 

  

Please note that spaces on all my workshops are limited to small groups so that everyone gets individual tuition and has plenty of room.
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 materials require advance preparation. 

More Spring & Summer 2021 classes will be added soon!

 

WORKING WITH NATURAL MATERIALS
Working with natural willow or birch is suitable for those who have a certain amount of manual dexterity.
Rush and twine are much softer materials, so they 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 commission or repair.
If you give me your email address, I’ll add you to my mailing list.

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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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