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Make a decorative woven basket: Online course
Make a decorative woven basket: Online course
Make a decorative woven basket: Online course
Make a decorative woven basket: Online course

Make a decorative woven basket: Online course

Julia Clarke
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Become a master basket maker in just a few hours with this simple weaving technique.

This course is available to purchase with a kit here.

Learn to make a woven basket with Julia Clarke, a sculptor specialising in natural materials including cane and willow.

With UNLIMITED ACCESS 24/7, you’ll be able to drop in and out of the course at your own pace, and refer back to it anytime. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Make a rice mould
  • Prepare the cane for weaving
  • Create 3-dimensional form using a 'three-way weave' technique
  • Finish your basket professionally
  • Make 'random weave' baskets of any shape and size

Through easy-to-follow instructions, photographs and short videos, experienced basketmaker Julia will guide you through each step of her simple yet effective 'random weave' technique.

In just a few hours, you will complete the course with a finished basket to decorate your home, and with a new skill that you can use time and time again. 

How difficult is this course?

This course is suitable for complete basket making beginners, and also for those with experience of weaving or working three dimensionally who would like to learn a new technique, or brush up their skills.

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About this online basket weaving course

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How is the course taught?

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Is this course suitable for beginners?

Making a decorative woven basket is suitable for everyone. Artist and maker Julia Clarke will teach you the techniques to weave using lapping cane in this easy-to-follow course, from making a mould using household items to the type of weaves appropriate for this structure. You’ll finish the course with a woven basket and the know-how to continue using cane to create intricate structures.

Course curriculum

  • Meet Julia Clarke (Video: 1:00)
  • What you'll learn
  • What you'll need
  • Step 1. Choose the shape
  • Step 2: Make a mould
  • Step 3: Seal the bag and form the shape
  • Step 4: Draw the opening
  • Step 5: Soak the cane
  • Step 6: Start weaving
  • Step 7: Bring in the 3 way weave
  • Step 8: Keep the cane damp and trim the cane
  • Step 9: Continue to weave
  • Step 10: Removing the mould
  • Step 11: Finished piece

What do I need for this course?

Why not order a kit with everything you need to get started right away? Alternatively, you can source the required materials from most garden centres. Contact us for advice if you’re unsure of where to find these items or post in our support Facebook Group.

You will need:

  • L8-10 pieces of 2-5mm narrow flat band glossy lapping cane (included in this dedicated course kit)

You will also need these common household items:

  • Rice (any type, a sized medium bag. You’ll need around 500-700g for the form we are making)
  • Small- medium food storage plastic bag
  • Clear sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Cling film
  • Permanent marker
  • Bowl or sink
  • Towel
  • Masking tape
  • Sponge

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Portrait of artist and maker Julia Clarke, who specialises in using natural materials.

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke works with willow, both dried and living, with wire, steel, paper, and ceramic to create sculptures for indoor and outdoor spaces. Natural materials and environmental concerns are an important element of her work and the rhythm of weaving and using tactile materials are important to her process.