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In 2022 I’m running a range of willow-weaving workshops for beginners and improvers, in Sussex and London. Venues include The Garden House in Brighton, Sussex Prairie Garden and Brede Village Hall, near Rye in Sussex. My aim is to create relaxing, enriching, and restorative basketweaving experiences for all abilities. The classes are all run by me for small groups of people, in light, airy, spacious venues, at unique and special locations.

Workshops for Summer 2022

 

Traditional Frame Baskets

On Saturday, 7th May, 2022

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

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

Please bring a packed lunch
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 ideally suitable for those who have a little bit of willow-weaving experience. All the tools and materials needed for the day are supplied.

Round Willow Baskets

On Saturday, 11th June, 2022

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

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

Please bring a packed lunch
Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills
Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring a packed lunch (teas and coffees are provided) 

In this full-day class in East Sussex 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, 24th June, 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 held 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 how 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.

 

Gathering Baskets For The Garden

On Saturday, 16th 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)
Suitable for those wishing to improve their skills (not aimed at complete beginners)

In this class you’ll learn how to make a shallow rectangular willow ‘trug’ for the garden. Square baskets are said to be more difficult to make than other shapes, and this class is for students 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 border and a rope handle to your piece of work.

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

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 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 willow.

Traditional Irish Skibs
On Saturday, 3rd September, 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)

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills

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.

 

 I now run most of my basket 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 the 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 places do go quickly. 

To book a place on any of my classes, please send a message via my website or email me at christianegunzi5@gmail.com
To secure your place the payment needs to be made in full at the time of booking.

Please note that places on my workshops are not transferrable or refundable, except in exceptional circumstances and with enough notice
for me to be able to fill the space. If for any reason a class had to be cancelled by me, you would be reimbursed.

WORKING WITH NATURAL MATERIALS
Working with natural willow or birch is suitable for those with a certain amount of manual dexterity.
Softer materials such as rush and twine are easier to handle, so are better for those whose fingers are not very 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, and I am a Yeoman Maker.

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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