Category Archives: museum

Following in a Tradition

The group at Headway are putting their new found skills to use weaving some beautiful things out of cane and willow. We have also had the chance to look at one of the baskets from Time and Tide Museum to compare the techniques we are using with those of the past.

Joan has nearly finished her basket.

Janet has finished hers and started on an egg basket.

Owen has been weaving with willow, making an obelisk and a tension plate.

Celebrating Together – Workhouse Workshop Exhibition opens!

Wednesday saw the private view of the exhibition at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse  where members of both basket-making groups came together with friends, families and Withy Arts project workers and trustees to celebrate their success at the opening of the exhibition.

group of basketmakers2

The baskets look beautiful and have had many appreciative comments from museum staff and visitors already.


Joan’s sister Heather was able to come along to see her lovely work.

Joan and her sister Heather2


The new Withy Arts banners look splendid and gave a special feel to the exhibition.



If you get the chance, the exhibition is open every day until Sunday 29th October 2017. Our thanks to Paul and Miriam at Gressenhall for their help setting up.


Visiting Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

The Tuesday and Wednesday groups met at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse museum today when we visited to see the basket collection.

We put on our latex gloves and handled the baskets.

fishing box

This one is probably a fishing basket.

Rachel and Peter

Peter and Rachel having a look at very small bike basket.

Lauren and Megan the museum curators showed us the collection and explained about the baskets. The tools that were used in the past and the same ones we use today.


This lovely case that Liz is holding is made from woven straw.

We had a proper look at a bee skep and tried to work out how it was stitched together.

And then we looked at the photos from the collection of basket makers from the local area.


We even did a bit of al fresco weaving after a lovely lunch at the cafe.

al fresco weaving

Altogether a really enjoyable day!

Many thanks to Rachel, Lauren and Megan for making us feel so welcome and sharing the collection with us.