The Traditional Egg Basket


Workshop Overview

Come and join us to make a traditional egg basket. The shape and form of the traditional egg basket is similar to that of the poultry basket. Whilst undertaking research for my City and Guilds qualification, I came upon the work of George Morland (1793) in a beautiful print held by the British museum, entitled My Grandmother Knitting. The print shows the openness of the form as well as the outward and inward flow of the weave. 



Time Activity
10:00 Registration, Tea and homemade shortbread or Welsh cakes on arrival.
10:15 Make a stake and strand base for your egg basket;
11:30 Morning break with homemade cake of the day.
11:45 Stake up the base and begin the waling and side weave.
13:00  Lunch
13:45 Continue working on the side weaving.
15:30 Afternoon break with more homemade cake.
15:45 Lay down a border and create a handle.
17:00 Workshop finishes with celebratory group photograph.


What You Will Learn

Gill Jones Basket Slide

During this workshop, you will learn:

  • To handle the tools and equipment for willow work/basketry safely and correctly;
  • Explore the qualities of the materials used to make the traditional egg basket and their preparation;
  • Make a round base;
  • Staking up, upsetting and side weaving. You will also learning about shaping and form;
  • How to finish a traditional egg basket, laying sown a simple border and creating a handle;
  • Discuss the care of your traditional egg basket so that it provides many years of service.

What You Will Take Home

At the end of the workshop, you will take home your completed traditional egg basket.

Important Details

The Rural Skills Centre will provide:

  • All materials and equipment to make your traditional egg basket;
  • Tea, coffee and lots of homemade cake;
  • A light lunch (please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements;
  • Parking; and
  • Accessible facilities.
  • Willow Obelisk


Suitable for Beginners Icon

The traditional egg basket workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as those wishing to create something historic and beautiful for egg collection and egg storage.  


This workshop is taught by Gill from Rural Skills Centre