Basket Vase Making with Heather Dickens
14th October 2018, 10am-4pm | £75
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Get into the Autumn season by learning to weave lengths of willow into a beautiful vase. Heather will guide you through the weaving process and you will leave with a gorgeous homemade basket.
The course starts at 10am, with a delicious home cooked meal at 12. An afternoon tea will be provided and the day finishes at 4pm.
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I started making baskets 3 years ago after my life changing events led me down a new path of discovery. My teacher is a lady called Mary Zammit who lives in Builth and holds classes which I regularly attend.
You will never stop learning new styles of weaving and obviously then interpret your own designs. Many traditional styles in other countries to be learnt.
I am 54 yrs old and from Northampton originally. I was a costume maker for 27 years for films, theatre etc. I moved around a lot - where ever the work took me. I lived for a year in South East Spain, then moved to Wales in 2004 as I had bought a 70 acre mixed species woodland in Llanfilo. In 2006 I moved onto the woodland with my partner and 6 children and lived totally off grid for almost 10 yrs with compost toilet, Solar panels a windmill and a huge battery store with a sophisticated inverter. I grew a lot of perennial veggies and herbs using our toilet compost to break down our clay soil along with our food waste compost. We kept pigs for a few years and a couple of dexter cows which then calved. 2 Shetland ponies roam the woods, keeping tracks open and bracken down. Also some rather stupid geese. We worked the woodland for that time which is how I got interested in working with willow.