We ran two workshops to make a willow tray last weekend. The tray is based on the traditional method for making a basket called the 'stake and strand' method. In order to finish it in a day, we made trays (so low sides) rather than baskets, but the method for a basket would have been identical, it would just have been necessary to keep weaving higher sides! There was a variety of types of willow available to use which resulted in different coloured stripes in the trays, which was very effective. There's a few images from the two workshops below.
This afternoon we ran the Willow Easter Baskets workshop, where we used a plaiting technique. Everyone made a number of baskets and then went on to experiment with the plaiting technique to make more sculptural objects. Some were abstract, others looked like chickens and dragonflies (see pictures below).