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Forgan Arts Centre, 59 Kirk Road, Newport-on-Tay, Fife, DD6 8JB
18 years and over

Course dates

  • Fri, 30 Aug '24   12:30pm – 4:30pm BST
  • Fri, 6 Sep '24   12:30pm – 4:30pm BST
  • Fri, 13 Sep '24   12:30pm – 4:30pm BST
  • Fri, 20 Sep '24   12:30pm – 4:30pm BST
  • Fri, 27 Sep '24   12:30pm – 4:30pm BST


Learn to create useful and beautiful willow baskets using traditional weaving techniques.

Tutor Donald Spy will guide the class through the process of willow weaving using a selection of Fife and Somerset willows.

During this 5 week course, you will be taught all the basic skills needed to make simple round baskets using traditional ’stake and strand’ techniques. Each class will focus on a particular technique with time for practice and questions.

This class is limited to just 6 students and will cover techniques such as:

Bases & design considerations/anatomy of a basket
Round bases, tying in the slath, pairing weave, joining weavers, tension, and shaping. 

Upset & waling
Types of waling, 3 & 4 rod, pull down, chasing. Starting the upset, controlling uprights.

Randing & side weaves
Choice of willow, randing styles, French & English, controlling shape.

Types of borders, track and rod borders, choosing the right border for your basket.

Handles & catch-up
Handle types, inset, bow, wrapped, solid. Recap on basket design decisions and choice of materials.

This course is suitable for beginners who want to try willow basketry for the first time, and also for people who have done a little basketry already and want to do more.

All materials and tools will be provided.

Please be aware that working with willow is hard work for the hands and brain, so expect to be a little tired by the end of your busy but enjoyable day!

The session includes a short break for refreshments. Tea and coffee is available at the centre.


Your willow basket weaving Tutor lives with someone who is still needing to shield and is in a very vulnerable position.
With this in mind, we ask that if anyone is feeling unwell that they do not attend the workshop, to take a lateral flow test where possible or wear a mask.
While this is no longer our general policy for attending a class, in this circumstance we feel it necessary and we are sure that you can understand.

The room is large and there are only 6 participants. It will be well ventilated and we all have the luxury of a large table each to ourselves, so we are well spaced apart.
Tea and coffee is available throughout the day but please do remember a packed lunch!

We will be making a useful and versatile round willow basket using a number of traditional techniques. All materials and tools will be provided.
Please be aware that working with willow is hard work for the hands and brain, so expect to be a little tired by the end of your busy but enjoyable day!

If travelling by car, please park at Waterstone crook car park and make your way up to the centre. We have limited parking at the Centre which is reserved for blue badge holders and those with limited mobility only.
Please read the booking terms and conditions on the course page before making a booking.
By making a booking, you are agreeing to these terms.

Refunds - can be issued up to 2 weeks before classes begin, minus a £10 booking fee.
No refunds can be offered for non-attendance .
If a course is cancelled by the Centre due to unforeseen circumstances, you will be issued with a full /pro- rata refund.

Public Liability Disclaimer
Please be advised that the road leading up to the property is privately owned and maintained by another landowner, and that the streets surrounding the Centre are owned and maintained by Fife Council. When using these roads, you do so at your own risk. Forgan Arts Centre holds no responsibility for any damage, injury, or inconvenience incurred. The safety of visitors to Forgan Arts Centre is important to us, so please be careful on your travels by foot or transport.

Forgan Arts Centre is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), Charity number: SC008537

Tea and coffee is available at the Centre. If attending a day long course or workshop, please bring a packed lunch. We do not have a café.



Basketry SA24

Course ticket - for all 5 dates.
Cost of class at annual subscription rate= £206 Our annual subscription is £30 per and will give you a discount to apply against any classes taken within the year of purchase. If you would like to take out a subscription, please head back to the class schedule and purchase the subscription first. You will then be sent a confirmation email for the subscription booking with your code to redeem discount on your classes.


Forgan Arts Centre
59 Kirk Road

Parking is available at Waterstone Crook Car Park. There are four disabled parking bays at the centre.


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