Workshops

SPRING/SUMMER 2024

Workshops

SPRING/SUMMER 2024

WEAVING NESTS

On Saturday, 23rd March 2024

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle St, Brede (near Rye)
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm
£120 including tools, equipment, and materials

Please wear comfortable clothes to work in, and bring your lunch
(teas and coffees are provided) 

In this workshop, you’ll learn to weave your own decorative birch twig nest for the Easter table. You’ll weave your nest-like basket using natural foraged birch twigs gathered from local Sussex woodlands, where the trees have been coppiced in Spring. You’ll make at least one nest, if not several!

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills 

Limited spaces. To book, please use EMAIL FORM.

 

BASKETRY FOR

BEGINNERS

On Saturday, 6th April, 2024

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle St,
Brede (near Rye),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arrive by 10.00)
£120 including tools, equipment, and materials

Please wear comfortable clothes to work in, and bring your lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

This workshop is aimed at complete beginners. Working with natural English willow and rush, you’ll learn how to weave a simple willow tray, and an elegant frame basket suitable for fruit, 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.

Limited spaces. To book, please use EMAIL FORM.

MAKING

FRAME BASKETS

On Saturday, 13th April, 2024

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle St, 
Brede (near Rye),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arrive by 10.00)
£120 including tools, equipment, and materialsPlease wear comfortable clothes to work in, and bring your lunch 
(teas and coffees are provided)

In this workshop, you’ll create an attractive and versatile ‘frame’ basket, using natural willow and foraged materials. With this type of traditional basket, hoops and ribs form the basic structure. You’ll make an attractive ‘god’s eye’ to join the two hoops together, then weave the basket using willow, rush and other natural materials.

Suitable for those wishing with a bit of willow-weaving experience. 

Limited spaces. To book, please use EMAIL FORM.

PLANT SUPPORTS

On Saturday, 4th May 2024

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle St,
Brede (near Rye)
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arrive by 10.00)
£125 including tools, equipment, and materials 

Please wear comfortable clothes to work in, and bring your lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

In this full-day workshop, you’ll learn to weave a tall, attractive willow obelisk for your sweet peas. The plant support is designed to place directly in the flower border, or it will fit a large, round plant pot. There’ll also be an opportunity to make a willow ‘cloche’ support suitable for other plants.

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills

Limited spaces. To book, please use EMAIL FORM.

 

ROUND BASKETS

On Saturday, 8th June 2024

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle St,
Brede (near Rye)
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arrive by 10.00)
£125 including tools, equipment, and materials 

Please wear comfortable clothes to work in, and bring your lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

In this full-day class you’ll learn to make a round willow basket. You’ll weave the base, construct, and build up the basket’s sides, then add a border. We’ll cover several traditional weaves, including pairing, waling and randing, and you’ll find out about this lovely natural material and the tools too. 

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills

Limited spaces. To book, please use EMAIL FORM.

 

 

IMPROVERS’ CLASS

On Saturday, 6th July 2024

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle St,
Brede (near Rye),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arrive by 10.00)
£125 including tools, equipment, and materials

Please wear comfortable clothes to work in, and bring your lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

This class is for intermediate basket weavers who have made two or three willow baskets before. The workshop is about refining techniques, learning more advanced skills, and kicking bad habits. During the day we’ll explore a range of weaves, and you’ll incorporate some of these into your own basket that you make on the day. We will also look at bow handles and ties, and it would be useful to bring a round willow base to the class if you have one.

Suitable for those wishing to improve their basketweaving skills

Limited spaces. To book, please use EMAIL FORM.

 

BASKETRY FOR COMPLETE BEGINNERS

On Thursday, 20th  June, 2024 


At Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road (B2116),
near Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9AT
9.30-1.30pm (arrive by 9.15 please)
£90 including the tools and materials
(Includes free garden entry and refreshments during the class)

 

This half-day workshop at the beautiful Sussex Prairie Garden is aimed at total novices. Exploring a couple of simple projects with natural English willow, you’ll weave an elegant willow frame basket and an oval platter.
Please note that a certain amount of dexterity is required working with willow.
Please wear comfortable clothes and sensible shoes to work in. 

TRADITIONAL IRISH SKIBS

On Saturday, 20th July 2024

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

10.15-4.30pm (arrive by 10.00)
£125 including tools, equipment, and materials 

 

Please wear comfortable clothes to work in, and bring your lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

 

In this class you’ll make an Irish Skib, a shallow round basket originally used for potatoes. This style of basket has an attractive ‘portcullis’ centre to the base. Several varieties of colourful willow are used for weaving, creating interesting tones. You’ll learn about the traditional weaves, including pairing, waling and randing, the tools and this lovely natural material. This class is aimed at those with a little experience of using willow, who wish to improve their basketmaking skills.

 

 

 

WEAVING NESTS

On Saturday, 23rd March 2024

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle St, Brede (near Rye)
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm
£120 including tools, equipment, and materials

Please wear comfortable clothes to work in, and bring your lunch
(teas and coffees are provided) 

In this workshop, you’ll learn to weave your own decorative birch twig nest for the Easter table. You’ll weave your nest-like basket using natural foraged birch twigs gathered from local Sussex woodlands, where the trees have been coppiced in Spring. You’ll make at least one nest, if not several!

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills 

Limited spaces. To book, please use EMAIL FORM.

 

 

PLANT SUPPORTS

On Saturday, 4th May 2024

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle St,
Brede (near Rye)
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arrive by 10.00)
£125 including tools, equipment, and materials 

Please wear comfortable clothes to work in, and bring your lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

In this full-day workshop, you’ll learn to weave a tall, attractive willow obelisk for your sweet peas. The plant support is designed to place directly in the flower border, or it will fit a large, round plant pot. There’ll also be an opportunity to make a willow ‘cloche’ support suitable for other plants.

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills

Limited spaces. To book, please use EMAIL FORM.

 

 

 

 

 

BASKETRY FOR

BEGINNERS

On Saturday, 6th April, 2024

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle St,
Brede (near Rye),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arrive by 10.00)
£120 including tools, equipment, and materials

Please wear comfortable clothes to work in, and bring your lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

This workshop is aimed at complete beginners. Working with natural English willow and rush, you’ll learn how to weave a simple willow tray, and an elegant frame basket suitable for fruit, 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.

Limited spaces. To book, please use EMAIL FORM.

 

MAKING

FRAME BASKETS

On Saturday, 13th April, 2024

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle St, 
Brede (near Rye),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arrive by 10.00)
£120 including tools, equipment, and materialsPlease wear comfortable clothes to work in, and bring your lunch 
(teas and coffees are provided)

In this workshop, you’ll create an attractive and versatile ‘frame’ basket, using natural willow and foraged materials. With this type of traditional basket, hoops and ribs form the basic structure. You’ll make an attractive ‘god’s eye’ to join the two hoops together, then weave the basket using willow, rush and other natural materials.

Suitable for those wishing with a bit of willow-weaving experience. 

Limited spaces. To book, please use EMAIL FORM.

 

IMPROVERS’ CLASS

On Saturday, 6th July 2024

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle St,
Brede (near Rye),
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arrive by 10.00)
£125 including tools, equipment, and materials

Please wear comfortable clothes to work in, and bring your lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

This class is for intermediate basket weavers who have made two or three willow baskets before. The workshop is about refining techniques, learning more advanced skills, and kicking bad habits. During the day we’ll explore a range of weaves, and you’ll incorporate some of these into your own basket that you make on the day. We will also look at bow handles and ties, and it would be useful to bring a round willow base to the class if you have one.

Suitable for those wishing to improve their basketweaving skills

Limited spaces. To book, please use EMAIL FORM.

 

ROUND BASKETS

On Saturday, 8th June 2024

At Brede Village Hall, Cackle St,
Brede (near Rye)
East Sussex TN31 6DX

10.15-4.30pm (arrive by 10.00)
£125 including tools, equipment, and materials 

Please wear comfortable clothes to work in, and bring your lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

In this full-day class you’ll learn to make a round willow basket. You’ll weave the base, construct, and build up the basket’s sides, then add a border. We’ll cover several traditional weaves, including pairing, waling and randing, and you’ll find out about this lovely natural material and the tools too. 

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their skills

Limited spaces. To book, please use EMAIL FORM.

 

BASKETRY FOR

COMPLETE BEGINNERS

On Thursday, 20th  June, 2024 


At Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road (B2116),
near Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9AT
9.30-1.30pm (arrive by 9.15 please)
£90 including the tools and materials
(Includes free garden entry and refreshments during the class)

 

This half-day workshop at the beautiful Sussex Prairie Garden is aimed at total novices. Exploring a couple of simple projects with natural English willow, you’ll weave an elegant willow frame basket and an oval platter.
Please note that a certain amount of dexterity is required working with willow. Please wear comfortable clothes and sensible shoes to work in. 

TRADITIONAL

IRISH SKIBS

On Saturday, 20th July 2024

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

10.15-4.30pm (arrive by 10.00)
£125 including tools, equipment, and materials 

 

Please wear comfortable clothes to work in, and bring your lunch
(teas and coffees are provided)

 

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 ‘portcullis’ centre to the base. Several varieties of colourful willow are used for the weaving, creating interesting tones. You’ll learn about traditional weaves, including pairing, waling and randing, the tools and this lovely natural material. This class is aimed at those with a little experience of using willow, who wish to improve their basketmaking skills.

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph of Christiane Gunzi

Christiane Gunzi Basketry

Address: Hastings, East Sussex, UK
 

A member of The Basketmakers’ Association and
The Basketry Collective

Trade Advisor to The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers 2017–2019, and also a Yeoman Maker

Willow Tutor on the 2-year Basketry Course at City Lit, London, 2023–present time

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 most of my classes at a light, airy village hall in Brede, near Rye, East Sussex. 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 places go quickly. 

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 or anniversary.

Please use the contact form below to email me if you are interested in basketweaving workshops, 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 so that you can hear about future classes before I advertise them. Don’t forget to press the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of this page to send me your message!

Photograph of Christiane Gunzi

Christiane Gunzi Basketry
Address: Hastings, East Sussex

A member of The Basketmakers’ Association and
The Basketry Collective

Trade Advisor to The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers 2017–2019, and also a Yeoman Maker

Willow Tutor on the 2-year Basketry Course at City Lit, Covent Garden, London, 2023–

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 most of my classes at a light, airy village hall in Brede, near Rye, East Sussex. 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 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.