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Final session with Headway

Today was our final session working at Headway. The group have made some beautiful Swill-style baskets…

headway group pic

Impressive work, particularly as nobody in this group had any previous experience working with willow.

headway baskets

The group are looking forward to a return visit to the Time & Tide Museum, where they will now be able to examine baskets in the Museum’s collection with a willow-weaver’s eye!

Gods eyes and their role in the swill

We were delighted when Karolina brought her gods eye back to Saturday’s session – she had been working on it at home and completely covered the sticks with weaving!

Karolina with gods eye

We have been using gods eyes, woven in willow, to attach the swill basket frame to the handle. This picture shows the two materials, wool and willow, side by side…

gods eye in wool and willow

Visiting Time & Tide Museum

We visited the Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth with the group we are working with from Headway.

headway group t&t

We had great fun exploring the museum, and looking at the baskets…

bob with swills

Bob is holding one the museum’s Swill baskets in his right hand, and one of the smaller baskets we’ll be making, based on the same weaving technique, in his left.

Completing cran baskets

Today was our final session with the cran weaving group.

cran spiral sides crans bordering down

We added splints and sticks to mimic the reinforcement in the Quarter Cran baskets we have seen in the Time & Tide Museum collection.


Rather than the horizontal row of weaving halfway up the basket side, some of the group decided to create a ‘wave’ of weaving sweeping in a spiral from bottom to top…

top view cran

All the baskets looked very beautiful, and the basket makers felt very satisfied with their work.

Week 2 at Herbie’s

This week’s workshop at Herbie’s was very busy, as more people made willow plates and others started on the frames of their willow baskets, based on Great Yarmouth’s swill.

Janet with her plate

Janet hadn’t worked with willow before, yet she made this beautiful plate.

And Austin put his plate to immediate use…

austin's plate with toast

Austin was a natural with the willow, and straightaway made a start on a swill basket…

austin with his swill frame

He’ll do more weaving next week. Here’s a swill that James was working on, alongside one of Time & Tide museum’s original baskets…

James' swill frame  swill side view closeup

…even at this early stage you can already see that the style of weave is similar. It’s great to be exploring the town’s heritage in such a hands-on way!