Helena Golden

Willow Woman

Helena Golden weaving a handmade willow basket craft

Traditional hand woven baskets and unique home-ware items using sustainably grown willow.

Helena Golden, a skilled Irish artisan basket maker based in County Leitrim, draws inspiration from the region’s tranquil Shannon Blueway and the breath-taking landscapes of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and the Wild Atlantic Way. Specialising in traditional handwoven baskets and bespoke home and garden ware, all crafted from sustainably grown willow, Helena shares her passion through workshops and classes nationwide.

She champions inclusivity, welcoming individuals of all ages and abilities to experience the tactile craft of Willow Weaving. From community initiatives to corporate team-building activities, Helena’s workshops instil a deep connection to our ancestral traditions and Irish culture with an inherent sense of active mindfulness. Additionally, she has established an Online School of Natural Craft, extending the legacy of Irish Heritage Craft to a global audience, and advocating for a deeper connection with nature and local resources.


Basket Making Classes

Helena Golden Willow Woman delivers weaving courses and workshops in a relaxed enjoyable manner.  Willow, tools and tuition are provided and you will create your own willow basket (or plant pot, bird feeder, wreath) to take home.

​1-Day courses, where you will weave your own round willow basket, take place in Leitrim Village (just outside Carrick on Shannon)

Bookings now being taken for 2023.


“Helena is very skilled in teaching novice basket weavers, with a great result at the end of one day. I enjoyed the experience immensely and already look forward to the next basket weaving workshop. It’s amazing to actually complete a beautiful willow basket during a good day’s work!
I would encourage anyone interested in crafting to give it a go”.

“We organised a weaving workshop with Helena for our office team and everybody absolutely loved it! We were all able to make a lovely plant pot while chatting with Helena about willow weaving. Would recommend to anyone interested in basket weaving or as a team building event!”

“Helena facilitated a group workshop in County Mayo for me. The group made fantastic baskets. Helena is patient and excellent at communicating. The group enjoyed this experience immensely. I would 100% recommend”.

“I had a fabulous time. Always wanted to try this – bought as a present from my husband. I worried that the experience would not live up to expectations but it exceeded them. Already making my friends just a little jealous with my new basket!”

“I really enjoyed the day Helena is a fantastic tutor explained everything in great detail also great fun. Came home with a beautiful basket, I am so proud that I made it. Would 100 percent recommend. I hope in the near future to attend another course of Helena’s”.

“What an enjoyable way to spend a day! Helena is a superb instructor and made sure that everyone knew what they were doing. Very well presented and prepared for, we were all in very experienced hands. Many laughs throughout the day and a beautiful basket to take home. I will book again :)”

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