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Lapping cane for creating a decorative woven basket.
An assortment of completed random weave baskets placed on a white table, all of which are white except for a small dark blue one.
The process of making a woven basket, weaving the lapping cane over a bag of rice.
Maker Julia Clarke in her studio, surrounded by natural materials such as lapping cane and willow.
Make a decorative woven basket: Course + Kit
The process of making a weave basket, cutting the ends of the lapping cane.
The finished woven basket, using lapping cane.
Everything you need in order to make a decorative woven basket.

Make a decorative woven basket: Course + Kit

Julia Clarke
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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. 

What's in the kit?

The kit includes all the specialist cane you need to make a small to medium sized basket, delivered directly to your door:

  • 8 pieces of approx. 1.5 metre sections of 5mm glossy lapping cane
  • Yodomo tote bag

This kit comes with FREE standard shipping to the UK (worldwide postage charges apply).

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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How do I receive my kit?

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How is the course taught?

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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

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What do I need for this course?

Your course kit, which includes:

  • 8-10 pieces of 2-5mm narrow flat band glossy lapping cane (included in this dedicated course kit)

You will also need this 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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Meet your instructor, sculptor Julia Clarke 

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.