Doddington Dragon

Carole Beavis and the Doddington Dragon Doddington Dragon 2016

> Just spent 5 days as guests of Doddington Hall, creating a giant willow and hazel dragon on the front lawn! To find out more please follow the link![](/perch/resources/wp20160708113250pro.jpg)

Hedgerow baskets April

Hedgerow basket Carole Beavis

Just spent a couple of days scouring the beautiful Derbyshire countryside for materials for hedgerow baskets. Made on a frame, these baskets have a real rustic charm and can be made using all sorts of materials gathered from the garden or hedgerow. I have a lovely piece which is evocative of the time when baskets were made by anyone who needed to carry something…I have no idea where it came from, but it has always charmed me…. “Well I soon had a look round this field; I wanted a frail basket, like the men on the farm take their dinner in, thought I would like to make one and saw plenty rushes growing alongside the horse pond. There was a deep dry ditch which overlooked the field so I gits some sticks and laid some rubbish on top and made myself a shelter which was now my basket factory, when I had learned myself how to braid. I got a good lot of rushes and laid em to dry. Next day I looked at my rushes, found they was dry and thought I’ll make a start and du a bit of braiding…..”

I’ll add some more of the story tomorrow

Ideas for Christmas

Willow arch POA A Pair of Bitterns POA

Unique, individual gifts.

another delivery today..Wallace and Gromit

Wallace and Gromit willow sculpture

At last, some space in the workshop, these guys have been filling the spaces between reindeer for a couple of weeks, but are on their way to Thame today. Looking forward to a few hours of loud classic FM and van nibbles. It will give my hands a rest and rejuvenate my soul…as long as I can ignore the fact that is the M42

Rudolph on the move

willow reindeer, heading north

Heading to Sherwood pines with a consignment of reindeer, it’s making me laugh!

Fools and angels update

willow cat basket, for the cat who has everything

Only one day to go until the Fools and Angels event at Number 28, The Marketplace, Belper. I have been as busy as I can making for this event, distracted by a late order for 4 reindeer for Sherwood Pines! The workshop is now bursting at the seams. Here's a sneak preview of some of the treasure!

Fools and Angels

Fools and Angels flyer About Fools and Angels

Really looking forward to this. I have been busy making some smaller pieces that would make lovely Christmas presents. I’ve had a sneak preview of some of Richard Betts’ jewellery. I love what is happening at Number 28. Pippa and George have transformed the old Salvation Army building into a warm and welcoming community venue where there is always something interesting happening. Come along and find some exclusive and original Christmas presents.

Willow Busking

Willow Sculpture at Middleton Top cycle trail, Derbyshire Willow Sculpture at Middleton Top Willow busking, sculpture on tour at Middleton Top Derbyshire willow busking at Middleton Top, the joys of self-emploment

Such a beautiful day, it seemed a shame to spend it in the workshop, so I decided to go out and about and find somewhere more interesting to do my work. Today's "Willow Busking" was at Middleton Top cycle trail, met some lovely people and enjoyed the lovely Autumn sun.

Gardens Illustrated article September 2015

RHS Hampton Court, Gardens Illustrated

Gardens Illustrated Article For those of you who missed it, here is the article that was published in September's edition of Gardens Illustrated. Many Thanks to Anni Gatti for that!

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2015

Willow nest RHS Hampton Court 2015 Willow bird hide for RHS Hampton Court 2015 Sarah and Carole in the willow bird hide City Twitchers Silver Gilt Medal Celebration

What a pleasure it is to be part of this show. I have met and worked with so many lovely people, enjoyed watching all of the fantastic gardens taking shape, had the pleasure of attending the preview with it's pretty impressive firework finale and all in all had a very splendid couple of weeks. Lots of my working time is spent on my own in the workshop weaving away, and it has good to be out and about, hearing such lovely comments about the garden. If you'd like to see it in all it's glory, you can find it on iplayer at for 28 days!

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