The Worshipful
Company of Basketmakers

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Makers


Our Yeoman members are some of the most talented in their field and between them cover many styles, materials and products.
​​​​​​​If you are looking for something special, maybe commission a piece, repair or perhaps look through for inspiration on an existing item, this list of highly skilled craftspeople is a good place to find it.


   Felicity Irons
​​​​​​​   Rushmatters

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​​​​​​​Felicity and her team spend the summer months harvesting English freshwater bulrush, carrying on with a tradition that goes back many centuries.
They make rush floor matting, basketry, tableware, hats, bags, and shoes. There is also a restoration service available including rush seating and re-caning.
There are also workshops run by Felicity, more information on these can be found on her website.
Felicity was awarded a BEM in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours list, she also has had much Press coverage and a long list of notable clients.

Contact
Website  rushmatters.co.uk
Email      felicityirons@rushmatters.co.uk
Tel          01234 376 419
Mob       07778 266 286
Rushmatters
Grange Farm,
Colesden, Beds.
MK44 3DP

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   Eddie Glew
   Blithfield Willowcrafts

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My baskets and sculptures are handcrafted with locally coppiced willow from Staffordshire along with willow from Somerset. With this I create a diverse selection of items from traditional baskets to sculptures and willow hurdle fencing. Specialising in the highest quality customised work I tailor the build to your specification whether it be a basket, sculpture or fencing. 
I run courses including the City & Guilds basketry at Westhope Craft College, demonstrations and talks across the country and have featured on C4's 'Kirsty's Vintage Home', 'Kirsty's Handmade Home' and Garden Rescue on BBC1. I have been commissioned work by 'The Worshipful Co of Basket Makers', Merlin, Nando's Restaurants, Film & TV production companies, to local produce shops & private commissions.
I feel extremely privileged to continue the craft of basket making and very proud to follow in my father's footsteps.

Contact
Eddie Glew
Website      blithfieldwillowcrafts.co.uk
Email          blithfieldwillowcrafts@gmail.com
Tel              07528 150756

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   Caroline Gregson
   Willow Sculptor

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Willow is a fantastic material to use in sculpture. I use one year old growth (withies or rods) from coppiced willow trees, some of which I grow and harvest locally myself. It would be hard to think of a more sustainable material.
I have loved and been inspired by the natural world since I was a child and the ability to work as a Willow Artist and make willow sculptures representing the essence of animals, birds and other living forms now brings me great pleasure. I love to represent movement and vitality in my work. My willow sculptures appear to have just paused in their setting before they are ready to move on. One of the nicest things anyone has said about my animal sculptures is that you can always see where they are looking!"​​​

Contact
Website  carolinegregson.com
Email.     mail@carolinegregson.com
Tel.         01829 741 322
Mob.       07989 751 469

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   Sally Roach
   Basketry​​​​​​​

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I am inspired by the world around me, particularly flowers, land and seascapes. I love colour and this often determines my choice of materials and techniques. I work with cane, rush, willow, found materials, textiles and paper.  I use a range of techniques from stake and strand, plaiting and frame to twining, netting & coiling – producing both functional baskets and more sculptural work.
I  completed the City & Guilds Creative Basketry Course at City Lit in London in 2013 – using the Wildflower Meadows at the Olympic Park to inspire my final pieces.  
I am part of the Basketry Collective, a group of former City Lit students who come together regularly to promote basketry through teaching, exhibiting, outreach and to encourage & inspire one another.

Contact
Sally Roach
Website.   sallyroach.wordpress.com

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   Brian Crossley
   Chair Caner

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Brian is a professional Chair Caner in Chester with over 50 years experience, who also restores furniture using Seagrass, Danish Cord, Pre-twisted Rush and Riempe. 
Tuition in all materials available in Chester and other locations.  Commissions undertaken from anywhere in the UK, ranging from family items to Museum quality furniture. 
Visits to my Workshop by arrangement. 

Contact
Tel.       01892 773 615
Email.   bcrossley@rowton.plus.com


   Karen Lawrence
​​​​​​​   Basketry

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I am a basket maker based in Suffolk. I mainly work with willow and rush but love all forms of basketry and experimenting with all manner of materials. I take great pleasure in repairing baskets and teach regularly at various locations including from my garden workshop.
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Contact
Karen Lawrence
Website  karenlawrencebasketry.com
Email      karen.m.lawrence@btinternet.com
Tel          01379 890897

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   Lois Walpole
​​​​​​​   Basketmaker Artist

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Lois Walpole was born in London of Anglo Scottish heritage. She graduated from Saint Martins School of Art, London with a B.A.(Hons.) in Sculpture in 1975 and obtained City and Guilds qualifications in Basket Making from the London College of Furniture in 1982. In 2003 she completed a Doctorate in the Design department at the Royal College of Art in London.
Since 1982 she has worked full time as an artist/ basket maker taking part in and curating national and international exhibitions, working to commission, designing for production, teaching and writing.
From 1972 to 2005 she lived in London. Now she divides her time between the Shetland Islands and the Charente, in south west France, where her studio is based.

Contact
Lois Walpole
Website      loiswalpole.com
Blog           loiswalpole.blogspot.com
Email          lois@loiswalpole.com

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   Mandy Coates
​​​​​​​   Basketmaker

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Starting as a traditional basket maker, weaving essentially practical, functional baskets, I now enjoy using these techniques to be more creative and contemporary with my own designs.
I have been living and working as a basket maker in Wales for over 30 years, growing my own willow, giving me a palette of many coloured barks to contrast with other hedgerow materials, plaited bulrushes and laths of different woods such as yew, ash and sweet chestnut.


Contact

Mandy Coates
Tel           01745 833742
Website  mandycoates.co.uk
Email      mandybaskets61@gmail.com


   Mary Crabb
​​​​​​​   Basketry

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As soon as I made my first willow basket, in 2000, I knew I had to make more. An introduction to textile basketry took my making in a new direction. Working with fine flexible materials, with the use of a few simple tools, I sit on the edge of basketry and textiles.
With a background in primary teaching, maths tutoring and museum education, I greatly enjoy workshops and giving talks; sharing my making and the passing on of skills.
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Contact
Mary Crabb
Website       crabbbaskets.com
Email           info@CrabbBaskets.com

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   Nadine Anderson
​​​​​​​   Ely Basketmaker

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I have been basketmaking for more than 20 years and primarily work in Willow and Rush with a smattering of Cane and Raffia; my main focus is Rush and we harvest as a family in waterways around Ely each Summer. I make to commission as well as having signature baskets that are for sale direct from my home workshop and the Babylon Arts Gallery, Waterside Ely. A range of 9 products are available at two National Trust properties; Anglesey Abbey shop and Wicken Fen Nature Reserve. At the latter I teach a number of basketry workshops through the year, I also teach at my home workshop and tailor these to individual interests both in terms of techniques, abilities and materials. I also teach courses at Cottenham Village College and Cambridge University Botanic Gardens. I am a Yeoman Basketmaker to the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers and an active committee member of The Basketmakers’ Association ,organising the Spring and Autumn courses. I am also a member of Cambridge Open Studios. 

Contact
Nadine Anderson
Website    elybasketmaker.wordpress.com
Email        elybasketmaker@gmail.com

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   Rachael South
​​​​​​​   Chair Caning & Upholstery

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After studying Textiles (Design and Application) at London Guildhall University, Rachael has had an extensive career as a freelance textile product designer and bespoke Passemanterie Designer.  She has now taken on her father’s (Terry South) established upholstery business.
Drawing on her experience travelling and working with weavers in India, Central America and Europe, Rachael has added exciting flair to her approach to furniture and upholstery. Her aim is to apply traditional technical excellence with a contemporary execution.
Rachael is also passionate about supporting re-cycling and sustainable living, hoping each reconditioned piece of furniture will last for another generation of use.  Happy to pass on her knowledge Rachael also teaches the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers qualification in Upholstery at the London Metropolitan University and also chair caning.

Contact
Rachael South
Website       rachaelsouth.com
Email           enquiries@rachaelsouth.com
Tel               07983 534507
Unit C 104 Lighthouse Studios
89a Shacklewell Lane
London  E8 2EB

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   Hilary Burns
   Basketmaker

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Hilary is interested in techniques, the processes involved in preparing materials, passing on skills and collaborations with other makers. She is a writer, researcher and maker. For over thirty years she has woven traditional and contemporary pieces using home-grown varieties of willow from her willow bed in Devon and other harvested materials. Her research work includes the WW1 Basketry Then and Now project at the Everyday Lives in War Centre at the University of Hertfordshire and a current project on scuttle-work through the Worshipful Company's Walmesley Bursary.
She is a co-founder of Basketry and Beyond, a not-for-profit company that promotes the wider use of basketry, a member of the Devon Guild and author of Cane, Rush and Willow. She writes about textiles and craft and has curated exhibitions about craft, fabrics and basketry.


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​​​​​​​Contact
Hilary Burns
Website     hilaryburns.com
​​​​​​​Email         hilary@hilaryburns.com 

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   Darrell Hill
   Somerset Willow

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Enjoying our fourth generation of business, the company is presently being lead and directed by the Hill family’s third generation ‘Darrell Hill’. Traditionally taught and trained and with over 35 years of experience, Darrell’s thorough understanding and knowledge of basket design and construction have made him one the country’s most elite master craftsman.
​​​​​​​Leading the way in the development of distinctive fashionable willow products, we have the ability to spot market trends and niche potential. Notably we were the first company to start manufacturing willow coffins in 1998, and to this day we are the UK’s largest willow coffin manufacturer. We have developed a renowned and respected range of willow conservatory furniture and are one of the world’s largest hot air balloon basket manufacturers.
Our range of willow baskets and furniture are some of the most exclusive and sought after. Every basket we make is made exclusively by hand in our workshops in Somerset using locally grown Somerset willow. 

Contact
The Somerset Willow Company
The Wireworks Estate
Bristol Road
Bridgwater
Somerset
TA6 4AP
Website     somersetwillow.co.uk
Email         enquiries@somersetwillow.co.uk
Tel             01278 424003


   Owen Jones
   Oak Swill Basketmaker

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When I learnt the trade I just caught the tail end of their previous uses and sold to farmers and industries e.g a snuff factory. However this market soon dried up and so from the early days I travelled countrywide to demonstrate and sell at fairs and shows. This still remains my main source of trade and I particularly like selling direct. From selecting and felling the oak, through to completing the swill, all is done by my hand and so to complete the final link and meet the customer is most rewarding. 
For many years I have been running courses, typically a 3 day course where we start with an oak tree and a hazel rod and end up with a finished swill. Whilst this is not a substitute for a 5 year apprenticeship it does hopefully allow interested people to get a greater understanding of this old craft. It is generally a very sociable 3 days and a chance to meet new folk. 

Contact
Owen Jones
Website     oakswills.co.uk
Email         owen@oakswills.co.uk
​​​​​​​Tel             01229 885664


   Suzanne & Richard
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   Windrush Willow

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Established in 1998 Windrush Willow is owned by husband and wife team Richard & Suzanne Kerwood.
Windrush Willow is dedicated to growing and promoting the wonderful species of Willow. We are busily planting up 4 acres of land in Devon England with 140+ varieties of Willow, and are currently producing in excess of 250,00 Osier Rods each year.
We use friendly methods of growing our rare coloured varieties for diverse habitats, and producing beautiful bark colours for weaving with.
The willow is used to make bespoke items for interiors or exteriors including in situ Fencing and Hurdles. We also run courses, workshops as well as giving talks and demonstrations.

Contact
Suzanne & Richard Kerwood
Website      windrushwillow.com
Email          windrush@aol.com
Tel              01395 233669

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   Paul Weir
​​​​​​​   Bedfordshire Basketmakers

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Paul Weir at Bedfordshire Basketmakers has many years of experience and provide quality hand made products from their workshop in Stanbridge, South Bedfordshire. Paul is a Yeoman member of The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers, a great honour and a mark of quality and excellence.  
Commonly referred to as wicker baskets (words possibly of Scandinavian origin) their range includes baskets for cats and dogs, laundry, magazines/newspapers, logs, umbrellas and bicycles. Shopping trolleys and stair baskets, picnic hampers and trugs. For outdoors; fishing baskets, creels and eel traps.  
Many unusual commissions for vintage cars, motorcycles, trade bikes have been undertaken. Examples of these are shown in the picture gallery. They repair baskets, chairs, furniture in willow or cane. Call them to discuss your requirements. 
The company provide a range of willow baskets for individuals and businesses where customers can expect first class products from an experienced craftsman. If well cared for they can last 50 years or more. Their products are very strong and highly practical, a comprehensive range of designs for everyday use.

Contact
Paul Weir
Web bedfordshirebasketmakers.freeindex.co.uk
Email info@bedfordshirebasketmakers.co.uk
Tel.    01525 210834
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   Brigitte Graham
​​​​​​​   Cane Corner

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Based in East Budleigh, Devon, and launched in 1985, Cane Corner offers a full chair restoration service. We undertake the restoration of chairs and other curiosities in all their guises using different seating methods and materials. Our learning was done on the job, thus giving us the knowledge and experience to develop into a successful local business. We place emphasis on the importance of re-seating a chair with materials that it was originally designed to receive.

Contact
Brigitte Graham
Website      canecorner.co.uk
Email          brigittegraham48@gmail.com
Tel              01395 446616


   John Galloway
​​​​​​​   Basketmaker

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I produce ornamental and functional dyed willow baskets using a variety of traditional basket-weaving techniques.


   Grace Gray
   Chair seater


​​​​​​​Grace is a very experienced Chair seater, working with rush, cane, Danish cord, seagrass, straw and banana leaf .She also runs regular classes in all forms of chair seating, please contact Grace for further details.

Contact
Grace Gray
IIagio,  Bedfield Lane, Headbourne Worthy,
Hampshire SO23 7JQ
Tel:       01962 881 387
Email.  grace.gray101@btinternet.com