Basket Making

A classic craft with a contemporary flair.

Great Britain has a long tradition of basket making and techniques  we use today were developed thousands of years ago.

We offer two distinct types of basket making. Both are easy to pick up, perfect for absolute beginners and both produce marvellous results.

Rush Baskets are made from natural ‘Bull’ rushes, harvested from the marshes  and worked while green and damp- each new rush being woven into the path of the previous one. The shapes are moulded over forms and worked without tools. As  each rush is unique, the basket has a beautiful individual quality and lasts for years as its fibres stay strong yet pliable.

Willow Baskets were what we used to carry our shopping home in before the invention of plastic bags. Over one day, experienced basket maker John Page will guide you through the stages of making a gorgeous traditional shallow basket in English Willow. This is an excellent beginners’ project in ‘stake and strand’ technique resulting in very durable and strong structure.

All tools and materials supplied.

My sister, my dearest friend and myself attended this course last Saturday. I admit I wasn’t really looking forward to it. It also seemed quite expensive £115 for a willow basket.
The course was really well organised. The venue was easy to find. It was a small class of five. We had excellent tuition from John an extremely patient and skilled teacher. The atmosphere was informal. John was fantastic at helping me, the least capable! The tea trolley is a brilliant idea, we all had lovely refreshments, served with a smile. I was sorry when the day ended. We didn’t finish on time but John didn’t push us out the door. He continued until we were all satisfied we had a lovely willow basket. Making the basket wasn’t as easy as I had anticipated. A thoroughly enjoyable day we all had. Thank you to John and the support staff at the centre. I would highly recommend this course. With hindsight, I also feel the size of the class and the quality of tuition, makes the course good value for money.

Our workshop prices include the use of all tools and materialsRush Basket Making at The Goodlife Centre Maximum 8 participants per class


Start day Date Start time End time Course name Course length Price Good to Know Details Register
Sat 03/03/2018 10:00 17:00 RUSH BASKET MAKING 1 day Make a bread basket Details Sold Out
Sat 24/03/2018 10:00 17:00 WILLOW BASKET MAKING 1 day £115 Make a bread basket Details Register
Sat 21/04/2018 10:00 17:00 RUSH BASKET MAKING 1 day £115 Make a bread basket Details Register
Sat 12/05/2018 10:00 17:00 WILLOW BASKET MAKING 1 day £115 Make a bread basket Details Register
Sat 23/06/2018 10:00 17:00 RUSH BASKET MAKING 1 day £115 Make a bread basket Details Register
Sat 14/07/2018 10:00 17:00 WILLOW BASKET MAKING 1 day £115 Make a bread basket Details Register
Sat 20/10/2018 10:00 17:00 RUSH BASKET MAKING 1 day £115 Make a bread basket Details Register
Sat 10/11/2018 10:00 17:00 RUSH BASKET MAKING 1 day £115 Make a bread basket Details Register
Sat 24/11/2018 10:00 17:00 WILLOW BASKET MAKING 1 day £115 Make a bread basket Details Register

Contact the Goodlife Centre today! Call Alison on 0207 760 7613 or email alison@thegoodlifecentre.co.uk