Sunday, 23 August 2020

The show must go on!

To all our friends and followers, artists and basketmakers, we hope we find you well and healthy and finding positive and creative solutions to the ongoing COVID pandemic.

Following much discussion our current position is that we will go ahead with Weaving by the Sea 2020 with all those who are able to travel and are happy to follow health and safety recommendations during their stay. This position will stand unless there is a complete lockdown in Vilanova I la Geltru in which case the event will be cancelled.

Unfortunately due to current travel recommendations our tutor Mai Hvid Joergensen is unable to join us this year from Denmark so her two excellent courses have been cancelled, however as Mònica Guilera and Tim Johnson are resident in Catalonia their four courses will take place.

We have made the decision to go ahead after much thought and in response to several emails from workshop participants expressing their continued desire to enjoy and participate in this years event. Alongside our understanding that health and safety are paramount we understand there is also real demand for positive and creative activities in these difficult times.

If you would like to book a workshop place please see the course descriptions and booking information here: Weaving by the Sea 2020 then please get in touch directly with Monica via email:

Weaving by the Sea 2020 will take place at Hotel Cesar here in Vilanova I La Geltru. Hotel Cesar is a family run hotel with only 30 guest rooms. As the family owners are also resident in the hotel we can reassure you that they are taking all necessary precautions to keep the hotel and restaurant safe for both visitors and employees.

As regards the workshops we are expecting smaller than usual group sizes which will afford us additional extra room in the spacious workshop rooms, we also have the possibility of working outdoors as the weather permits. We will follow a safe teaching protocol including the wearing of masks during talks and demonstrations and at any time we feel necessary, awareness of social distancing and individual marked tools for everyone so that we do not need to share resources.

Unfortunately Salt International Basket Fair / La Fira Internacional del Cistell de Salt, normally held the weekend following Weaving by the Sea, has been cancelled this year by the Salt Town Council. A variety of basketry workshops and willow sculpture projects will be held in Salt replacing the annual gathering of makers.

Following Weaving by the Sea 2020 you might like to visit the exhibition LOOKOUT curated by Monica and Tim at the Museu de la Pauma in Mas de Barberans in southern Catalonia. The exhibition features over 60 pieces by some of the best basketmakers working in Europe today. You can follow the exhibition on Instagram here: LOOKOUT

We hope this information helps you to decide if you are able to join us this year and we are very happy to answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to welcoming you both at Weaving by the Sea 2020 and future events.

Best wishes and happy weaving! Mai, Mònica and Tim

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:

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

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:

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!