Bring the bounty of nature to decorate your home this Christmas creating a fabulously luxurious display. Discover the best material to collect and how to prolong the life of your decorations.
Practical: Make a luxurious door wreath and garland with natural plant materials
Materials cost: £10 per student, payable to the tutor on the day
Deadline for enrolment: 1 week before the course takes place.
Please bring along, if possible, a selection of attractive foliage and berries from your garden, a pair of secateurs and a packed lunch.
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Course Dates 2017 – 2018
Saturday 10am to 4pm Sarah Edwards
These courses take place at Stoke Lodge
- 1 session on 9 December (Deadline for enrolment: 2 December) £38 / £24 GCW54
New course dates will be available in our next Course Guide 2018 -19 from Summer 2018
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Tutor – Sarah Edwards
Subjects: Willow Sculpture
I have been teaching craft and willow workshops at Stoke Lodge since 2011 and I love showing people how to turn a pile of sticks into a work of art.
I am a designer maker and my particular interest is in creating installations out of willow and recycled materials.
I have created large installations at Ashton Court and my playhouses and willow structures can be seen in various schools across Bristol.
This Christmas I created the displays at Lacock Abbey and most recently I have been training Bristol Zoo keepers to create willow items to enrich the animal’s habitats.
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