Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Weaving by the Sea 2020 update

Thankyou to everyone who booked their places at Weaving by the Sea 2020 so quickly this year nearly 60 places in 48 hours!

February now seems such a long time ago before the Coronavirus pandemic spread through Europe. Over the past week or so restrictions here in Spain are easing up a little and we now have greater access to the shops and walks in the countryside, although many of our workshops and events this year have been delayed or cancelled we hope very much that Weaving by the Sea 2020 will go ahead. If this is possible we will of course take all suitable precautions to make sure the event is both a creative holiday experience and a safe and healthy one.

We look forward to greet all our participants this year in September and in the meantime we send out our best wishes and good health to all our Weaving by the Sea friends and basketmakers.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Weaving by the Sea 2020 dates

In the midst of winter storms we are compiling our Weaving by the Sea 2020 programme - we are excited to have some new courses in preparation and look forward to sharing them with you soon. We have had many enquiries asking to be added to our 'early bird mailing list' - rest assured this is in preparation and will give you prior notice over the coming weeks of course details and booking process - if you would like to be added to the mailing drop an email to Tim on: boatbaskets@gmail.com

In the meantime we can announce that the Weaving by the Sea 2020 dates are Friday 25th September - Thursday 1st October with Salt Basketmaker's Fair the following weekend 3rd and 4th October 2020. See you there!

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Summer Blues...

The summer heat continues here in Vilanova I La Geltru so in the evenings it's nice to have a quick dip in the sea to cool off. Today we announce that all courses for Weaving by the Sea 2019 are completely sold out but we are keeping waiting lists for all courses and please get in touch if you would like to be added to our 'early bird' mailing list for 2020 course and date announcements. Email Tim directly at boatbaskets@gmail.com

In the meantime - we hope you are enjoying your summer wherever  you are are and we look forward to seeing you soon at Weaving by the Sea! 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Weaving by the Sea 2019 - open for booking!

Weaving by the Sea 2019
Workshop details now online and bookings open!

Hello and welcome!
2019 is the 7th year of Weaving by the Sea in Vilanova i La Geltru, Catalonia, Spain, this week we launch the workshop programme and are open for bookings. 

Dates as follows:

1st Courses:  Friday - Sunday, 27th, 28th, 29th September 
Special activity evening:  Monday, 30th September
2nd Courses:  Tuesday - Thursday, 1st, 2nd, 3rd October

We offer 6 different 3 day courses over the 7 day event with a variety of traditional and contemporary basketmaking courses both for beginners and for those with some experience - we hope you like our new selection.

All workshop descriptions and booking details and prices are available here:
Workshops and Bookings 2019

Once you have made your workshop selection please email Mai directly: mai@skovflet.dk

We look forward to seeing you at Weaving by the Sea 2019. Which baskets will you take home?

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Hold the dates! - course details and booking opens Monday 25th February

Our Weaving by the Sea 2019 dates are as follows - more details and booking open shortly....

First Courses - Friday, Saturday & Sunday 27th - 29th September 2019

Special Event Day - Monday 30th September 2019 

Second Courses - Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 1st - 3rd October 2019 

Location: Vilanova i La Geltru near Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. 

Followed by Salt International Basketmakers Fair near Girona,  Saturday & Sunday 5th & 6th October 2019

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Brush up on your palm work....

Already signed up for Weaving by the Sea 2018? -then don't miss the chance to visit the village of Mas de Barberans in southern Catalonia on your free day between the two sets of workshops -
the 1st October 2018. Famous for its excellent palm basketry museum - the Museu de la Pauma and the annual festival of vegetable fibres in early August, this village is one of our favourite spots and the day offers a real chance to see some Catalan countryside.

Following the success of last years palm workshop with basketmakers from the village we have decided to repeat the day out with two workshop options - weaving a braided pot stand or a special palm brush using a special twining technique - see below:

Doesn't everyone collect beautiful hand made brushes!? Looking at a few from my collection below it's fascinating to see how they are made around the world in such a variety of techniques. The excellent book 'Brush' by Daniel Rozensztroch and Shiri Slavin pictured below is an excellent introduction to the diversity for the truly obsessed!

Join us for a great day out including a special tour of the Museu de la Paumaa palm basketry workshop and a special lunch in one of the village restaurants. If your already signed up then look out for an email shortly from Mai with bookings details of the day out. See you in Mas de Barberans!

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Twining by the Sea

Wow! - that was quick, booking for Weaving by the Sea 2018 has been swift this year - perhaps the winter weather that has swept over Europe has quickened our thoughts for a break in the warmer climes of Vilanova I La Geltru next autumn. 

Springtime is definately with us now with Vilanova's vineyards full of Wild Rocket flowers (above) and early flowering Eucalyptus and Grevillea making a good show in Barcelona Botanic Garden (below). 

Most of our Weaving by the Sea 2018 courses are sold out with waiting lists but please be in touch if you would like to be kept informed of any places that may become available.

We still have a couple of places free on Tim's Twining in World Traditions course that proved so enjoyable last year. As usual Tim will bring along many twined baskets from his wide ranging collection from around the world, this is always a great inspiration and source for understanding technique variations and the possibilities offered by combining different materials. 

What will you discover?  Which basket will you take home?

Further details and booking information here: Courses and Booking 

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

New for 2018 - Free Yoga Sessions

New for Weaving by the Sea 2018 we are offering two free yoga sessions, lead by our good friend and professional yoga tutor Sara of the Yoga Studio in Vilanova i La Geltru, the sessions will be before breakfast and the basketmaking classes on Saturday 29th September and Wednesday 3rd October.

Keep those fingers nimble, shoulders relaxed and mind, body and spirit in good shape to make the most of your Weaving by the Sea learning experience! 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Weaving by the Sea 2018 - open for booking!

We are delighted to open the booking for Weaving by the Sea 2018 - Monica, Mai and Tim offer six residential courses combining traditional and contemporary basketmaking in Vilanova I La Geltru, Catalonia, Spain between the 28th September and 4th October 2018 - just before the International Basketmaker's Fair in Salt near Girona.

This years selection includes new courses including Contemporary Netting and Knotting, Openwork Oval Baskets and Lidded Baskets in the Catalan Rural Tradition alongside our ever popular courses in Mediterranean Nansa Fish Trap Technique, Catalan with a Twist and Twining in World Traditions.

All the course details can be found on our bookings page here: Workshops and Booking 2018

See you at Weaving by the Sea!