Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday 11th of August: Meet, Walk, Talk.
I was invited to join the Five Wings Walk in Balmacara Woodland, organised by in collaboration with

It was easy to chat and meet new people while walking through the hills and woodland surrounding Balmacara. After we crossed a burn, the view opened up and we looked down onto the village. There are lots of young trees and flowers; different colours and textures to enjoy. 

Being introduced to the walking group as a willow weaver and basket maker, the participants asked me questions about my craft and the materials I use: mainly willow, but also hazel, rush, heather. All from my own garden.

I enjoy being part of the cycle of the year and cropping the willow rods when the leaves have fallen. Then the willow can be woven into hurdles, plant supports, frame baskets etc. Most of the willow I dry and store in the barn, to be soaked later when needed to weave log baskets, shoulder bags and other willow work.
We passed some giant beech trees, crossed another burn and then the atmosphere changed: the old campsite has an intimate feel as you are surrounded by big trees, a hawthorn full of berries, apple trees. 

We stopped at the willow hurdle which a local community group made with my help. It works as a wind break for the open fire, the Kelly kettle and a stone seating area. I experience while working with groups that for most people making something with your own hands, gives a special rewarding feeling.

Then the sun came out and we walked back to our starting point where I showed some of my basketry work.

Thanks to Rosie Somerville who organised it so well. To Ron Porter and Sue Oswald for letting us join their Step It Up walking group. And to all the participants who came along today and were very interested.

I hope to meet everybody again in future. It was a great experience: to meet, walk and talk.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Frame Basket Workshop 24/25th June on The Isle of Skye

Frame Basket Workshop, with local willow
Breakish Hall, near Broadford on The Isle of Skye
Saturday 24 June: 2 - 5pm (also possible to come only on Sun)
Sunday 25th June: 10am to 4pm
Costs: £42.00 (based on 8 people booked on the course)

No experience necessary to weave this traditional rustique basket, sometimes called 'Celtic basket', useful for shopping, gathering harvest, store wool and so on.

For info and booking: 
or phone me: 01599 588 228

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Tree Festival in Applecross 8th of September

The Tree festival is this Saturday from 11am to 4pm on the campsite in Applecross.

A celebration of traditional woodland crafts including charcoal burning,
green woodworking, willowweaving, dyeing, story telling, shelter building and music. 
Come along and join in!

Organised by The Applecross Landscape Partnership Scheme, for more information:

Friday, 17 August 2012

Lochalsh Art Fair in Dornie Hall

I submitted 3 pieces of Willow Work and will be in Dornie Hall on Tuesday morning.
Hope to see you there! Monique

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

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