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

Workshops for Summer 2021

 

Basketry for beginners

On Saturday, 29th May, 2021

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

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£90 including all tools and materials for the day

Please bring a packed lunch

Suitable for complete beginners

This is a fun introduction to weaving with willow. You’ll learn about this lovely native material and basketry in general, and 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 plant potholder, using several different weaves. You’ll then add a border and a handle to your work. It’s a great way to start learning about basketry. Brede Village Hall is a light, airy venue, with plenty of room for social distancing. It is set in a country village location, a few miles from Great Dixter and Rye.

Willow frame baskets

On Saturday, 12th June, 2021

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

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£90 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, 26th June, 2021

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

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£90 including tools and materials for the day

Please bring a packed lunch

Suitable for keen beginners and those wishing to improve their skills

In this workshop you’ll make a small, round willow basket with a handle. You’ll weave the base, construct the basket’s sides, then add a simple border and a handle. We’ll cover 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 working with 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 social distancing.

Traditional Irish skibs

On Saturday, 10th July, 2021

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

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£90 including tools and materials for the day

Please bring a packed lunch

Suitable for those wishing to improve their basketweaving skills

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

Basketry for beginners

On Saturday, 24th July, 2021

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

10.15-4.30pm (arriving by 10.00 please)
£90 including all tools and materials for the day

Please bring a packed lunch

Suitable for complete beginners (*please note that this is a similar class to 29th May)

This is a fun introduction to weaving with natural willow. You’ll learn about this lovely native material and basketry in general, and 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 weaves. You’ll add a border and a handle to your work. It’s a great way to start learning about basketry. Brede Village Hall is a light, airy venue, with plenty of room for social distancing. It is set in a country village location, a few miles from Great Dixter and Rye.

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 book a place, please contact me via my website: 
www.christianegunzibasketry.com, via Instagram, or fill out the form below. 

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

More basketweaving workshops for Autumn 2021 will be added later!

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 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.

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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