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  • Start: Sunday 16 October - 09:30
  • Estimated End: Sunday 16 October - 11:30
  • Rating: 16+
  • Auditorium: East Wing Workshop

Admission: £20 (includes entry to Festival of Crafts)

Using a ready-made wooden base you will be able to complete a small but perfectly formed basket in just 2 hours! A great taster session as the techniques are exactly the same as you would use to make a full sized basket. Use your basket to store pens or pop a jam jar into it and use it as a vase!

Biography of Judith Needham
Judith is best known for her fairy tale playhouses for children made from willow using traditional basketwork techniques. The idea of a giant basket that a child could climb into began to take shape soon after her daughter was born in 2002. The playhouses come in various shapes and sizes but are characterised by their flowing, curvy shapes which give rounded, womb-like interiors to hide away in.

She loves to pass on her skills to others and teaches popular classes in basketry and willow weaving at Farnham Maltings and other venues in Surrey and Hampshire.

Judith came late to a career in craft. She studied electronic engineering at university and then spent many years in fundraising and project management in the voluntary sector including running a car share scheme in Edinburgh and planting new woods in Cambridgeshire. She began to learn the craft of willow weaving in 1997, under the tutelage of Danish basket-maker, Lise Bech. She lives in Farnham with her husband and daughter and is delighted that her home town has become England’s ‘Craft Town’ during the time that she has been working here as a craftsperson!