The Northumbrian
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About Us

Northumbria Basketry Group was established in 2007 to promote and enable the study and practice of all aspects of basketmaking, chair seating and allied crafts in the Northumbria region. In order to do this we run a range of courses, workshops and other activities for everyone from beginners to those with considerably more experience.

Our membership is primarily from the Northumbria area and members meet regularly across the region in local self-help groups which also run their own occasional advanced workshops.

The group's core activity, promotion of basketry in Northumbria, is carried out through courses, workshops and activities for beginners. These include tuition in willow basket making, rush and cane seating, willow sculpture, construction of willow hurdles, screens and plant support pyramids, and Christmas decorations.

A number of members accept commissions for baskets, why not take a look through our members profiles to see the variety of work they offer.

Our members also manage willow plots at Chester Hope near Rothbury and Whitley Chapel to the south of Hexham where we grow willow for basket weaving and use in living structures not only by our members but also for sale to the public.

Members attend local events to demonstrate basketmaking and associated crafts and promote the Group. We also conduct research into the history of basketmaking and of baskets specific to our region. The group has produced a book written by Liz Balfour ‘The Fishing Baskets of Northumbria’ which is available for sale at £5.00 per copy. Contact

For information about the wider activities of the group see the Join Us and Gallery pages.

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