Saturday, 4 March 2023

Weaving by the Sea 2023 is now sold out, thank you so much to all our 'early bird' members!

Due to unprecedented demand we sold out very quickly this year and we are keeping waiting lists for each course in case of any cancellations. It is still worth contacting Mai by email with your workshop preferences and we will be in touch if any places come up.

If you are interested in attending Weaving by the Sea 2024 do sign up for 'Early Bird' newsletter.

Wednesday, 22 February 2023

2022 Gallery page now online...

As we look forward to Weaving by the Sea 2023 it's a pleasure to look back at our 10th anniversary event last year, our new gallery page is now updated here: 2022

Further details coming soon for this year's course and booking details.....


















Thursday, 5 January 2023

Weaving by the Sea 2023 - course dates

It's that time of year again, we are busily preparing the programme for Weaving by the Sea 2023 and have some exciting courses in store for you!

Today we can announce the 2023 course dates and the addition of a new tutor for this years event. Following the success of our 10th anniversary celebrations last year and the demand for more workshop places at Weaving by the Sea we have decided to extend the event over three workshop periods and to invite François Desplanches as our guest tutor. 

Our good friend François is a highly regarded basketmaker and an excellent teacher based in the Dordogne region of France, François specialises primarly in willow basketmaking techniques. You can find François on Instagram here: desplanches.vannerie

Our Weaving by the Sea 2023 workshop programme is as follows, further course details will be published soon and booking opens in early March 2023. Sorry no pre-booking! 

Please sign up to our 'early bird' mailing list if you would like further booking details: 'early bird'.


Weaving by the Sea 2023

Sunday 24th - Tuesday 26th September

Workshops with  Mai Hvid Joergensen, Mònica Guilera and Tim Johnson

Thursday 28th - Saturday 30th September

Workshops with François Desplanches, Tim Johnson and Mònica Guilera

Monday 2nd - Weds 4th October

Workshops with François Desplanches, Tim Johnson and Mai Hvid Joergensen


Once again we are delighted that Hotel Cesar in Vilanova i La Geltru, Catalonia will be our 2023 venue. 

See you at Weaving by the Sea 2023!





Friday, 25 March 2022

Celebrating 10 years of Weaving by the Sea


Weaving by the Sea 2022 will be our 10th anniversary! 

Ten years of welcoming basketmakers from all over the world to share our enthusiasm for our craft, learn new skills and create new friendships. This year we are delighted to present our range of workshops including a selection of regular favourites and new choices representing our range of interests, personal work and research: Workshops and Booking 2022

Thank you to all our faithful 'early birds'! 

All of our 2022 workshops sold out in just a few hours on Monday morning following our booking schedule announcement to our Early Bird Weaving by the Sea mailing list. If you would like to receive advance information for 2023 please sign up here: 'Early Bird Mailing List'. 

Although our workshop have sold out we do keep waiting lists for all the workshops in case of any cancellations, if you would like to be added to a waiting list please contact Mai with your choice of workshop: Mai Hvid Jørgensen: 

We look forward to greeting all of our 2022 participants to Hotel Cesar in Vilanova i La Geltru, let's celebrate!


Wednesday, 16 March 2022

To whet your appetite.....

While we finalise details of our 2022 Weaving by the Sea programme some images from our 2021 workshops to whet your appetite! 
More details and photos on the new 2021 gallery page here: Weaving by the Sea 2021 

Sunday, 13 March 2022

Weaving by the Sea 2022 - hold the dates!

Looking forward to Weaving by the Sea 2022? 

Further details coming soon, hold the dates.....

First workshops: Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th September 

Special event: Sunday 25th September

Second workshops: Monday 26th - 28th September

Hotel Cesar, Vilanova i La Geltru, Catalonia

Sign up to our 'early bird' mailing here:

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Weaving by the Sea 2021 - booking very last places....


Weaving by the Sea 2021 is now almost fully booked - thank you so much to everyone who booked this year - lets hope we are all able to travel! 
We still have a couple of places left so please do have a look at all six of our courses on our Workshop and Bookings 2021 page and contact Mai as soon as possible if you would like to join us in September 2021 or join a waiting list in case of any cancellations. 
If you would like to join our 'early bird' mailing list to hear of any updates during the year and to make sure you receive early notice for our 10th anniversary Weaving by the Sea in September 2022 sign up here: 'Early Bird Mailing List'. 


Thursday, 25 March 2021

Weaving by the Sea 2021

Weaving by the Sea 2021 is in the planning - we shall be publishing our course details soon and can confirm the dates will be the 24th - 30th September 2021. 

Although the COVID pandemic reduced our participant numbers last year and unfortunately one of our tutors, Mai Hvid Jørgensen, was unable to join us due to travel restrictions, we were still able to go ahead with those who could travel. We had a great time and in these difficult times it was so refreshing to do some making together, of course in a safe and carefully planned way. We will be sharing some photographs shortly. 

If you would like to be one of the first to hear about our 2021 courses and details of when our bookings open sign up for our mailings here: Weaving by the Sea 'Early Bird' 

Don't miss the boat to Weaving by the Sea! 



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.