Learn to Weave Willow with Alyth Craft Tourism

We’re taking bookings for our 2019 Alyth Craft Tourism courses with leading willow artisan, Alyth based Jane Wilkinson.

If you don’t already know it, Scotland is leading a contemporary craft revolution! On the islands, in the cities and in rural communities our skilled craft makers create distinctive jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass and basketry to treasure inspired by our magnificent landscape and heritage.

We’ve teamed up with the renowned Willow Artisan Jane Wilkinson, and fellow self-catering holiday accommodation providers Kirklandbank Farm, to launch Alyth Craft Tourism so that you can learn and develop your own skills from the expert craft makers who live and work around Alyth, whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings and peaceful atmosphere of this glorious part of Eastern Perthshire.

We’ve run a series of fantastically successful residential and non-residential courses over the last three years where folk have been able to come and stay at Vanora’s Cottages and Kirklandbank Farm and learn to weave willow, craft their own finished basket to take home with them and even make a coracle!

And if you want to bring your partner or spouse, don’t forget that there is lots of activities that they might like to do too! Golf, fishing, birdwatching for example, and we can also arrange for woodworking and/or archery workshops if that has appeal.

Here’s a bit about Jane in her own words:

“I was originally drawn to working with willow out of a love for trees and woodlands and also from a desire to do something sustainable. Basketry was the perfect solution. I now grow and harvest an increasing proportion of my own willow, and then have the pleasure of weaving it into a basket or sculptural piece. I have been weaving for 17 years and am constantly learning new techniques which have been used to make a range of traditional baskets. During this time I have travelled in Scotland, Ireland, England, and New Zealand, where I have worked with the local crafts people and discovered a great diversity of style and approach. In my current work I feel challenged to preserve, continue and develop the traditional techniques which I have mastered, whilst being inspired to incorporate them into new and innovative designs.”

Have a look at the leaflet below and enjoy the pics of our first course in May and if you are interested in finding out more or booking a place, please call us on 07914 375226 or email us at: AlythCraftTourism@gmail.com.

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