Become a master basket maker in just a few hours with this simple weaving technique.
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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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.
- 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?
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
- Cling film
- Permanent marker
- Bowl or sink
- Masking tape
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The kit arrived in excellent condition and the instructions were clear and easy to follow. I’ve never tried cane weaving before but was very impressed with my finished basket.
It's a lovely little kit. It's beautifully packaged, with easy to follow instructions. It took an hour or so to make. I love it and everyone I've shown it to wants one too!
I’ve always wanted to try basket weaving. This class is a wonderful introduction to weaving cane. Easy to follow instructions and videos. All in all a really fun class. The only thing I would have liked extra, would have been instructions on how to dye the cane. However that is just nit-picking and me just being awkward. I would definitely try doing this again, but I might try weaving around a hand sized rock next time.
Make a decorative woven basket
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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.