Workshops

For Autumn 2022

Workshops

For Summer & Autumn 2022

Workshops

For Summer & Autumn 2022

BASKETRY FOR COMPLETE BEGINNERS

On Saturday, 30th July, 2022

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle Street, Brede (near Great Dixter),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£95 including all the tools and materials

Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a packed lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

This workshop at Brede in East Sussex is aimed at complete beginners. Working with natural English willow and English rush, you’ll learn how to weave a simple willow tray, and an elegant frame basket, using a traditional weave called randing. This is a fun introduction to basketweaving for total novices. No previous experience necessary, but please note that a certain amount of dexterity is required when working with natural willow.

 

TRADITIONAL IRISH SKIBS

On Saturday, 3rd September, 2022

At Northiam Village Hall, Frewen Close, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6RA

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£95 including all the tools and materials

Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a packed lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)
Suitable for those wishing to improve their skills (not for complete beginners)

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

ROUND WILLOW BASKETS

On Saturday, 1st October, 2022

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle Street, Brede (near Great Dixter),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£115 including tools, equipment and materials for the day

Please wear comfortable clothes, and 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 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 simple handle if there’s time. We’ll cover several weaves, including pairing, waling and randing, and you’ll find out about this lovely natural material and the tools too. This class is suitable for keen beginners and those with a bit of experience of handling willow.

BASKETRY FOR BEGINNERS

On Friday, 7th October, 2022 (in West Sussex)

At Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road (B2116),
near Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9AT

9.30-1.30pm (arrive by 9.15 please)
£80 including all the tools and materials.

Please wear comfortable clothes to work in.

This workshop will be at the beautiful Sussex Prairie Garden in West Sussex, and is suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills. Exploring a range of simple projects with natural English willow, you’ll learn to weave an elegant willow tray and a bird feeder, using several weaves, and adding a border and handle. Please note that a certain amount of dexterity is required when working with willow. 

SIMPLY SQUAREWORK

On Saturday, 15th October, 2022

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle Street, Brede (near Great Dixter),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£115 including all the tools, equipment and materials

Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a packed lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

Suitable for those wishing to improve their skills (not for beginners)

In this class you’ll learn how to make a shallow rectangular willow ‘trug’ for the garden. Square baskets are a bit more difficult to make than other basket shapes, so this class is for those who have made at least one basket before. We’ll be working with a simple randing weave and a wooden ‘jig’, and you’ll add a traditional border, a rope handle and a tie to your gathering basket.

TRADITIONAL FRAME BASKETS

On Saturday, 29th October, 2022

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle Street, Brede (near Great Dixter),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£115 including tools, equipment and materials for the day

Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a packed lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

Suitable for improvers and proficient beginners

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

 

FESTIVE DECORATIONS

On Saturday, 19th November, 2022 and

On Saturday, 3rd December, 2022

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle Street, Brede (near Great Dixter),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£115 including tools, equipment and materials for the day

 

Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a packed lunch
(teas, coffees and mince pies are provided)
Suitable for improvers and beginners

In this fun pre-Christmas workshop you’ll learn how to weave a variety of different willow decorations, including stars, trees, hearts and reindeer, and if you wish, you can make a festive wreath out of natural willow. This is a relaxing day, and you’ll all take home your own unique handmade gifts.

 

BASKETRY FOR COMPLETE BEGINNERS

On Saturday, 30th July, 2022

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle Street, Brede (near Great Dixter),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£95 including all the tools and materials

Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a packed lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

This workshop at Brede in East Sussex is aimed at complete beginners. Working with natural English willow and English rush, you’ll learn how to weave a simple willow tray, and an elegant frame basket, using a traditional weave called randing. This is a fun introduction to basketweaving for total novices. No previous experience necessary, but please note that a certain amount of dexterity is required when working with natural willow.
To book please use, EMAIL FORM.

TRADITIONAL IRISH SKIBS

On Saturday, 3rd September, 2022

At Brede or Bodiam, East Sussex (venue TBC)

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£95 including all the tools and materials

Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a packed lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)
Suitable for those wishing to improve their skills (not for complete beginners)

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

ROUND WILLOW BASKETS

On Saturday, 1st October, 2022

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle Street, Brede (near Great Dixter),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£115 including tools, equipment and materials for the day

Please bring a packed lunch
Please wear comfortable clothes, and 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 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 simple handle if there’s time. We’ll cover several weaves, including pairing, waling and randing, and you’ll find out about this lovely natural material and the tools too. This class is suitable for keen beginners and those with a bit of experience of handling willow.

To book please use, EMAIL FORM.

BASKETRY FOR BEGINNERS

On Friday, 7th October, 2022 (in West Sussex)

At Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road (B2116),
near Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9AT

9.30-1.30pm (arrive by 9.15 please)
£80 including all the tools and materials.

Please wear comfortable clothes to work in.

This workshop will be at the beautiful Sussex Prairie Garden in West Sussex, and is suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills. Exploring a range of simple projects with natural English willow, you’ll learn to weave an elegant willow tray and a bird feeder, using several weaves, and adding a border and handle. Please note that a certain amount of dexterity is required when working with willow. 

To book please use, EMAIL FORM.

SIMPLY SQUAREWORK

On Saturday, 15th October, 2022

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle Street, Brede (near Great Dixter),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£115 including all the tools, equipment and materials

Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a packed lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

Suitable for those wishing to improve their skills (not for beginners)

In this class you’ll learn how to make a shallow rectangular willow ‘trug’ for the garden. Square baskets are a bit more difficult to make than other basket shapes, so this class is for those who have made at least one basket before. We’ll be working with a simple randing weave and a wooden ‘jig’, and you’ll add a traditional border, a rope handle and a tie to your gathering basket.

To book please use, EMAIL FORM.

TRADITIONAL FRAME BASKETS

On Saturday, 29th October, 2022

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle Street, Brede (near Great Dixter),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£115 including tools, equipment and materials for the day

Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a packed lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

Suitable for improvers and proficient beginners

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

To book please use, EMAIL FORM.

 

FESTIVE DECORATIONS

On Saturday, 19th November, 2022 and

On Saturday, 3rd December, 2022

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle Street, Brede (near Great Dixter),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£115 including tools, equipment and materials for the day

Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a packed lunch
(teas, coffees and mince pies are provided)
Suitable for improvers and beginners

In this fun pre-Christmas workshop you’ll learn how to weave a variety of different willow decorations, including stars, trees, hearts and reindeer, and if you wish, you can make a festive wreath out of natural willow. This is a relaxing day, and you’ll all take home your own unique handmade gifts.

 

Photograph of Christiane Gunzi

Christiane Gunzi Basketry

Address: Hastings, East Sussex, UK
 

I’m a member of:

The Basketmakers’ Association and The Basketry Collective.

I was Trade Advisor to The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers 2017-2019, and am also a Yeoman Maker.

You can follow me on Instagram.

 

Booking Details

To book a class, please send a message via the contact form on my website, or email me at christianegunzi5@gmail.com. To secure your place, payment needs to be made in full by bank transfer at the time of booking. For practical reasons, places on my classes are not transferrable or refundable (please think of it as if you were buying a ticket for an event).
If, however, a class had to be cancelled by me for any reason, you would be reimbursed.

I am running my classes at a light, airy village hall in Brede, near Rye, East Sussex, with plenty of room for social distancing. In this venue you have your own table and tools, and tables are at least 2 metres apart. Places on my workshops are strictly limited to small groups so that everyone gets enough individual tuition, and the places go quickly. 

Lastly, if you would like to give someone the gift of a basket lesson, I am happy to help! Private tuition for small groups can be arranged for a special occasion, such as a birthday.

Please use the contact form below to email me if you are interested in basketweaving workshops, 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.

Booking Details

To book a class, please send a message via the contact form on my website, or email me at christianegunzi5@gmail.com. To secure your place, payment needs to be made in full by bank transfer at the time of booking. For practical reasons, places on my classes are not transferrable or refundable (please think of it as if you were buying a ticket for an event).
If, however, a class had to be cancelled by me for any reason, you would be reimbursed.

I am running my classes at a light, airy village hall in Brede, near Rye, East Sussex, with plenty of room for social distancing. In this venue you have your own table and tools, and tables are at least 2 metres apart. Places on my workshops are strictly limited to small groups so that everyone gets enough individual tuition, and the places go quickly.

Lastly, if you would like to give someone the gift of a basket lesson, I am happy to help! Private tuition for small groups can be arranged for a special occasion, such as a birthday

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.