West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Time to herald the coming of Spring

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There are exciting events, workshops and events coming soon....   Traditional Willow Baskets 21st/22nd March; Build a Yurt 15th March; Random willow bowls and spheres 28th March .. and more

STOP PRESS  places on the Traditional Willow Baskets 21st/22nd March Contact Kate NOW! 

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Feb 21 to Feb 22 - SKEPS BEE-HIVES
with Martin Buckle 

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By special arrangement Martin Buckle is coming up to Scotland to teach wheat straw skep beehive making. You can find everything about  Martin Buckle Beekeeping and skep beehives on his website.

 

Feb 28 to Mar 1 - RUSH SEATING
with Susie Bishop

You don’t need a chair to repair because Susie has lovely wooden frames so you can make your very own little stool. This picture from the last workshop amuses me – do you recognise this use of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Cookbook!

 

River rush is a lovely material to work with – it feels like chamois leather and has beautiful hues of fresh greens.  It also has a lovely smell. You will create a really useful stool too!  

So says Di:  I’ve made my first rush-seated stool at last! Really satisfying and very therapeutic. Thanks Susie for excellent tuition and Kate for fabulous hospitality – not to mention the cakes – as always.


WILLOW
WORKSHOPS

Mar 7 to Mar 8 - TRADITIONAL IRISH CREELS
with Catherine Davies

Mar 21 to Mar 22 - TRADITIONAL WILLOW BASKETS
with Catherine Davies

Both of these are a must for learning the basics of two kinds of traditional basket weaving. An Irish creel is created upside down (very Irish!) and you will have a really strong functional log basket.  Using a variety of willow called Flanders Red organically grown here at West Moss-side, it will dry to a glowing red.

 

Completing a traditional round basket is very pleasing and you are equipped with all the skills to go on and make more..  the willow used is all natural willow with its bark still on so you get beautiful colours. It is lovely to work with the natural pliability of this amazing material. The one in the picture is a mixture of Black Maul and Flanders Red.

Both these workshops are designed for beginners or near beginners and for those who need a refresher course in the techniques.

An excellent level of supervision to guide us through the intricacies of the basket-making process. Much improved basket from previous efforts. Yummie food and generous hospitality. Great atmosphere. Says Claire

And then for intermediate basket makers a follow-on workshop in square work

Apr 25 to Apr 26 - WILLOW SQUARE WORK
with Jane Wilkinson

Mar 28 - RANDOM WEAVE BOWLS AND SPHERES
with Anthea Naylor

By popular request Anthea returns to create random weave structures. Here there are no rules – but it is not quite as easy as it looks! Anthea will show you how to create the shapes – then its over to you.

  

From here you can create all sorts of shapes – even larger structures for the garden – geese, pigs and chicken are Anthea’s specialities! But that is for another day.