Basket Making Experiences

Helena Golden Willow Woman delivers weaving courses and workshops in a relaxed enjoyable manner.


Classes & Workshops

Willow, tools and tuition are provided and you will create your own willow basket (or plant pot, bird feeder, wreath) to take home.

New dates for 2022 now scheduled for Leitrim Village courses.

Community Groups 

Willow Weaving workshops can be tailored to suit the needs of specific groups / organisations. Please get in touch to discuss your ideas.

Willow Weaving Workshops are popular with Womens Groups, ICA, Heritage Event Organisers, Sports & Social Clubs, Youth Groups or simply a group of friends who get together to try a new craft.

Courses in Leitrim

Over the course of the day, you will learn how to weave a basic round willow basket. This course is suited to beginners or those who wish to practice the techniques involved in the round basket. Fun and learning guaranteed! The feedback from Helenas 1 day courses is just phenominal due to her inherent ability to deliver clear instruction and make participants feel at ease.

1 Day classes in Leitrim Village are scheduled throughout the year – next availability:

20th April 2023

13th May 2023

14th Sept 2023

Helena will also travel to you if you would like a basket making class in your area or if you have a group interested.

Schools Packages

Basket Making & Willow Craft for Schools

Onsite and Online options

Workshops and Craft Kits are ideal for all secondary school students, including TY and also 6th class primary students.

Our Willow Weaving experiences place an ancient craft in the hands of today’s students, opening the door to their creative expression by facilitating them to weave tangible, practical household and garden items.  The tactile nature of weaving is eco-friendly, sustainable and delivers a calming effect on the weaver.

This is an experience that is deceptively simple, bringing diverse personalities peacefully together as they set about a common purpose, with each arriving at similar, yet unique results at the end of the workshop.  Students gain a practical insight into how their ancestors relied on the land and its plants to create baskets that were used at home and on the farm for potatoes, turf and shopping and each student weaves their own item of willow basketry to take home. 

Team Building Basketmaking Events

Whatever the nature of your business or organisation, bringing your people together for a Willow Weaving workshop is a popular choice of Team Building activity.  Generally, this is an entirely new experience for everyone involved – you all start at the same level and over the course of the workshop, each person will learn the basic techniques of basketry to create a unique and functional item of basketry for their home or garden.  These workshops are described as fun, relaxing, challenging, meditative and the overall feedback from participants is “I can’t believe I actually made that”. Willow weaving is all about creating connections – connecting the willow rods to weave a basket and connecting your people for a better workplace.

Contact Helena for details – she came bring the workshop to you or you can come to her


Weave a Willow Lampshade

”There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”.

Willow will always bring a natural beauty to any home – but add some light and a little magic happens. Willow lampshades create a beautiful, dappled effect and brings a sense of coziness and atmosphere to any room.

Over the course of the day, you will learn how to weave a willow lampshade (includes materials and lamp fixtures).

For use with a cool touch LED bulb (bulb not included).

This course is suited to beginners or to those who wish to practice the techniques involved in willow weaving. Fun and learning guaranteed in the comfortable setting of St. Josephs Hall, Leitrim Village. 

Workshop based in Leitrim Village  – next availability:

Friday 20th January 2023

Thurs 23rd February 2023

Thurs 25th May 2023

Sat 7th October 2023

Helena will also travel to you if you would like a basket making class in your area or if you have a group interested.

Willow Lampshade
Willow Lampshade


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