Willow Crafts Botanical

We are excited to bring you further, mindful and creative botanical workshops with a twist! Combining natural materials with carefully selected plants to produce beautiful art pieces for you to enjoy or gift to others!

Working together, Lorraine and Renée will bring you different choices of Willow & Botanical workshops. You can spend the day with us and make two botanical art pieces or create one in either a morning or afternoon workshop, the choice is yours.

Willow Crafts Botanical Sphere

Firstly, you will make a Sphere/Ball using brown Willow. You will learn how to use a free weaving technique to build up the layers of the sphere, ready for planting up.

We will show you how to then create a planting pouch to insert inside the ball from a selection of seasonal plants provided.

Willow Cone Planter

Using a selection of Willow you will weave a cone using a tabletop jig. Once complete, you can either create a handle for hanging or secure a wooden pole to allow you to push the finished cone into the ground so it is free-standing. The cone is then planted up with a selection of succulents.

Botanical Dreams

Join us in combining two activities into one! Firstly, you will make a wreath base from a selection of Willow. Using garden twine you will learn how to weave a web within your wreath to create the beginnings of a dream catcher!

You will be shown how by adding a selection of small succulents you can transform your dream catcher into a beautiful hanging botanical decoration that can brighten up any wall, inside or out!

In some Native American cultures, a dreamcatcher or dream catcher is a handmade willow hoop, on which is woven a net or web. It originates in Ojibwe culture as the “spider web charm”, used as a protective charm for infants.

Other: Kokedama Workshop

The art of Kokedama literally translates from “koke” meaning moss and “dama” meaning ball. Kokedama are born out of the Bonsai planting tradition. According to the Japanese, the green ball of moss is translated as maternal love and charity. The spherical shape of the ball is believed to add credence to the plant’s naturality while creating peacefulness and the Zen spirit.

At the Kokedama Workshop Renée will guide you in moulding and binding your two Kokedama using houseplants, moss and twine. At home you can either display your Kokedama on a tray or dish or suspended in a ‘string garden’.

James Herd,
Surrey Wildlife Trust

Working with Lorraine and Paul at Hedges and Hurdles has been an absolute pleasure. They have both been adaptable to changing circumstances whilst still able to deliver the highest quality end product, whether it be training courses or contracted hedge laying.

Cat Fagg,
Hen In The Woods

Lorraine helped me to arrange a fantastic “Hen in the Woods”, woodland crafting experience for my sisters hen do. Super organised in the lead up to the event and a really lovely informal day of tea light holder crafting, foraging, a beautiful lunch, willow weaving and afternoon tea.

Claire Passaris,
Willow Weaving

We had a really lovely afternoon at this event. We were taught how to do basic willow weaving to make lovely, useful, bird feeders. Lorraine was a great hostess and teacher, generous with her time and expertise. The setting was relaxing and peaceful. I will be booking again soon.

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