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The crafting of the Willow Village

Over the winter we are made the infamous Willow Village down in the dampest part of the garden where previously the herd of plastic sheep roamed . Since their unfortunate abuse by the (late) ram Othello (now in handy non agressive frozen pieces) they are now in a place where they can have closure from that unfortunate incident and move on to pastures new.

Perfect Curve is the name of the first dome which was created by Lyn and Ruth which features bold (roundish) windows. Window making was found to be a craft requiring some skill, agility(knots, string, fingers in a  synchronised way  ) and fiendishly strong willow bending to master. By the end of the window making Ruth and Lyn had graduated from the “square” window to a very passable “perfect circle”.

The Gherkin(my work in progress)  is the second dome. And passably recognisable as said landmark with a large degree of artistic licence. Bill and Angie also had a go (grumbling about lack of workable materials !)  and the village was complete and now is a fuzzy little place in all our hearts.

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Willow Garden Structures Workshop 20th July 2013, 10am until 430 pm

Talking of Willow though , Jackie will be returning to the Prairies  on 20th July to run a class teaching  us how to make some fabulous willow garden supports .

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Willow artist Jackie Sweet will show you how to make sturdy obelisks for growing sweet peas, beans and even pumpkins up, as well as different kinds of trellis, fans and small domed plant supports. Or how to make something to fit a certain space in your garden.Places are  limited to ensure a good amount of one to one tuition.Jackie has over 10 years experience of working with willow and is a lovely lady. She will provide all the materials and tools. All you need to do is bring a sense of fun and energy and  a picnic lunch to enjoy in the garden.

Cost £80 which includes teas and coffees and a delicious piece of homemade cake plus unlimited access to the beautiful prairie gardens to enjoy at your leisure either during the lunch break or after the workshop has finished.

For more information or to book a place please contact Jackie on 01273 400444 or email:jackiesweetbaskets@hotmail.com

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When ?

On Saturday 1st December 2012, 10am until 4.30 pm, as the Christmas factor goes into overdrive why not step back a bit and take a day to yourself and your friends and head out to the countryside and our winter Sussex Prairie Wonderland. Frosty days mean ice heaven and a haven of wonderland in our grotto where we shall enjoy a day of making Willow Christmas decorations with Jackie Sweet ( averitable willow wizard !) .

Who with ? 

Jackie is a local willow artist and basketmaker and she shall be teaching us some willow secrets for making a truly natural Christmas for yourself.

What ? What with ?

We will be making different kinds of stars out of willow , bark,rush , phormium leaves and paper strips, small and large wreaths (small ones make a lovely Christmas table decoration with a candle, large ones can be decorated and hung on your door to welcome guests and bring good luck into your home). We will also be making traditional Rush Reindeer from Scandinavia , and there are even some cute willow angels to try your hand at !

Cost ?

The cost will be £75 which includes all materials and refreshments ( I promise there will be gluhwein and mainepies and if the gods are willing, saffrom bed, )but please bring your own lunch. Please wear stout shoes or boots to go out into the garden.

Booking :

For more information or to book a place please contact Jackie on 07733435233 or email jackiesweetbaskets@hotmail.com

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