Framed Baskets

14 - 15 April 2012

Framed baskets are some of the most exciting baskets to construct in their freedom of design and tradition of using fresh materials.

This weekend is suitable for beginners or basket makers with some experience. It will start with a short introduction to the history of framed basket making.

 On the first day you will make a simple framed basket with ribs such as a potato picker or egg collecting basket. On the second, a Russian bilberry picker with roped willow base and scallomed sides.

Framed or  'gypsy' baskets are well suited to the use of 'green' materials and you will have the chance to include some raw hedgerow materials such as honeysuckle and bramble in your basket.

TUTOR : KEVIN BLOCKLEY has been an archaeologist since 1970 and director of Cambrian Archaeological Projects since 1992. He has had a long standing interest in basket making and has sold and exhibited his work in the local area. He is founder of the Old Chapel Farm Project.

Cost of course : 120 includes all materials and lunches.   It is possible to stay on the farm or camp. See details under Accommodation.

Teaching times : 10 am Saturday till 4 pm Sunday. It is possible to stay on the farm. Please see accommodation for details.

Booking Form

This course can be organised on dates to suit you, if you have a small group (minimum 3) interested.

Old Chapel Farm, Tylwch, Llanidloes, Powys  SY18 6JR   |   Telephone: 01686 412744   |   Email:

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