West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Course Details - Traditional Irish Creel

Jane Wilkinson will be tutoring this workshop. The Traditional Irish Creel involves a combining of weaves and twists to bring strength and elegance. Creels were the basket used for carrying and carting all kinds of agricultural and fishing materials. With a strong structure they make excellent log baskets.

Title Traditional Irish Creel with Jane Wilkinson

A workshop to make a Traditional Irish Creel. Use it for collecting the peats, the seaweed or the potatoes or like me use it as a log basket which will look good by the fire and will last a lifetime. But maybe you would like to make a smaller version - for storing magazines, A4 files or maybe your sewing/knitting things. Either way you will master the technique of making the Irish creel - with it's special weave 'knots' which are both beautiful and strong. 

About the tutor

It was Jane Wilkinson who introduced me to the wonderful world of willow weaving. I attended a weekend workshop and produced two fantastic baskets (well I thought they were!) - and that was it. She shared her skills and experiences both of willow basketry but also growing and cultivating willow and I was hooked.
(Kate Sankey)

You can find a more comprehensive bio here.
Prerequisite knowledge/skills
No previous skills are required to come on this workshop, although if you have worked with willow before or have been on a basket making course before you will have a good foundation for this technique. The willow for the log basket size is quite large, so you might prefer to make a smaller version if you have very weak fingers and thumbs!
Course format

Creels are made upside-down unlike the traditional stake and strand basket with base and uprights. Traditionally these creels would have been made outside with the stakes stuck into the ground but we will use boards with holes for the stakes.  You will be introduced to the techniques of creel design and construction using brown willow (natural willow with its bark still on) . You will be able to complete one creel over the weekend and may also have time to make smaller items using the same technique.

After completing this course...
You will leave this workshop with an Irish Creel basket and knowledge of the traditional Irish Creel techniques. There are also books available to browse in the Centre.

Duration This is a two-day course, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 16:30
Dates There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
Meals The famous West Moss-side lunch and homebaking is included together with generous supplies of teas and coffee.
Accomodation Accommodation is available in one of the Trossachs Yurts at West Moss-side. Guaranteed warm and snug - so why not make a weekend with family or friends!
Disabled facilities Disabled parking, access and toilet are provided.

More information

Contact  Jane or Kate (click on a name).

How do I book a place? There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
What should I bring with me? You do not need to bring anything, though it is advisable to wear old clothes. And don't forget your camera and a notebook.
Are there any other related courses I can attend?

Other willow weaving techniques are covered in Wildlife Sculptures (random work) with Anthea Naylor, Creative Basketry with Georgia Crook (hedgerow and a variety of weaving materials), Traditional Baskets with Catherine Davies, Pascal Carr, and Willow Square work with Jane Wilkinson.

What have other attendess said about this course?

Brilliant weekend - great fun and learning.

Magic place .. and creel is wonderful