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Make a beautiful flower basket with Jo Hammond

6th June 2024 / 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Spend the day with Jo learning how to weave a gently curving, elegant basket, ideal for picking flowers ready for the Summer months. This is a great introduction to willow basketmaking; working step by step you’ll learn how to select the right materials, techniques for two different weaves, how to make a handle, and lots of other skills in shaping and trimming your work.

All materials and tools will be provided by Jo. Please wear robust clothing.

** Willow weaving is moderately hard work and does require a firm grip.

Coffee/tea and a light lunch and drinks are included.

Suitable for beginners and more experienced artists. Spaces are limited so please book early. The workshop will be held at Far From The Madding Crowd in the village of Leavenheath, CO6 4PU. We will be in touch nearer the time with the exact location and any further information. Tickets are non-refundable.


A couple of years after graduating in Fine Art, Jo was living in a cottage surrounded by National Trust woodland. The gift of a basketry book opened her eyes to the wonderful possibilities of wild twigs and climbers as well as farmed willow.  Having always been interested in rural crafts, Jo roamed the woodland collecting everything that she thought might be weavable, tried her hand at one of the designs, and that was it. With the help of more books and a couple of short courses, a new career in basketry had begun.

Jo was influenced at the beginning by self-sufficiency author John Seymour, who claimed that you could walk into the countryside armed only with a knife and return with a basket. Jo could do that herself now, but maybe she’d swap the knife for a pair of secateurs.

There’s also a rich source of inspiration in vintage and antique baskets, and museum displays. Jo has made several examples of an ‘extinct’ design made of elm, the Oyster Tendle from Mersea Island in Essex ; it’s a unique design, tied to a tiny area and unknown elsewhere, an important part of East Anglian heritage.

Jo worked for more than twenty years as a maker of baskets, willow sculptures and decorative pieces, and taught many classes and courses, her book, ‘Willow Basketry and Sculpture’ was published in 2014. Jo makes pieces to sell, take commissions, repairs basketry items, and continues to experiment with the wild ‘hedgerow’ materials that inspired her from the start.

In 2020 she challenged herself to weave a basket every month, only using the materials she could forage during that month. It was great having to push herself to succeed with plants and techniques she’d never tried before, and of course during lockdown there was more time to look around..

The beauty of natural materials still excites her, and she’d keen to source these as locally and sustainably as possible. All her willow is English, some of it grown in Suffolk or Essex.



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Make a beautiful flower basket with Jo Hammond
£ 125.00
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