More knotting …

I spent some time at the weekend messing about with knotting again. Remember my string market bag? I decided the willow hoop handles were a little too rustic for me. They also made the length of the bag annoying, it was too long to carry at your side once full. So I’ve taken those off and am replacing them with a longer shoulder strap made using the basket stitch plait. That is the one 2nd from the left in the photo. It gives a nice flat, strong plait without too much give. I’ll post a photo of the finished thing later this week.

I also ordered some pre made wooden handles and am working on another chunky knotted bag. More about that later in the week.

Victorian cutlery tray…

This beautifully made Victorian cutlery tray was crushed in a move. My task was to rebuild it. It has been a very slow process. The basket is very fragile so there was a risk of snapping more bits as I worked. It’s always an honour to be entrusted with somebodies beloved basket. Hats off to the original basket maker. It’s a beautiful piece. @karen_lawrence_basketry #willow #willowrepair #basketrepair #victoriancutlerytray #belovedbasket #someonestreasure #fixit #repairit #newleaseoflife #basketmakersassociation

Market bag…

New String arrived so the market bag is finished. Probably a little long and it would be nice to mess around with different hoops for the handles. @karen_lawrence_basketry #willow #knotting #marketbag #knottedmarketbag #stringbag #knottedstringbag #zeroplastic #takeabag #basketryassociation


Morning, over the weekend I’ve been making some low fencing for a customer to edge a grave. They are creating a mini garden. Sounds like a wonderful plan to create a tranquil spot to be still in and think of their loved one. @karen_lawrence_basketry #willow #willowfencing #willowinthegarden


As Valentine’s Day approaches I will be making some willow hearts. They are £10 each. Postage with Royal Mail 2nd class signed for is now £6.30 for orders of 1-5 hearts! You would be more than welcome to collect from me as well. Socially distanced of course.

They look very nice adorned with herbs or flowers or even lights and make a rather nice eco friendly gift.

To get in touch either text or what’s app me on 07989848719 or email me at

Organise your lemons…

Willow hanging basket

I’ve been busy replenishing my stock of these popular hanging baskets. Great indoors for garlic, lemons or lights and great outdoors for fatballs for the birds. They are £20 each.

Send me a what’s app or text if you’re interested on 07989848719 or send me an email

However you get in touch, don’t forget to include your contact details 😊.

Back to it…

Willow soaking tank clean and ready to go

Back in the warm after a morning outside, cleaning the soaking tank, steaming some willow and cleaning the workshop up. I shut the door before Christmas on a sizeable mess so it feels nice to be ready to get going again. Two of my boys started lessons on line today and have been marvellous. Big shout out to @hartismere high school for being fabulous and doing an amazing job. Thank you 😊 @karen_lawrence_basketry #willow #getreadyforthenewyear #cleantank #willowsoaking #tidyworkshop #readyandraringtogo #thankyoubrilliantteachers

Bury St Edmunds virtual Christmas market…

Hi everyone, hope you are well and keeping safe. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve joined the Bury St Edmunds virtual Christmas market.

If you head to their site on Facebook I’m stall # 124.

I’m adding things regularly so if you’re after a Christmas gift and you can’t see what you’re looking for do get in touch. For some reason I can’t reply to enquires via word press (if anyone knows why let me know!). It’s best to drop me an email Or direct message me via face book or Instagram @karenlawrencebasketry

Returning to teaching

Over the last month I’ve managed to start teaching again. It wasn’t an easy decision but it’s been wonderful to welcome people back to the workshop.

Jane working on slewing and zigzag weave

Obviously things are different now. I can only have one student at a time due to space, the door and window remain open, masks are worn etc. I wasn’t sure if it would all be as enjoyable as pre Covid. I am happy to report that it’s been so great to see people, to talk, to work and create. All the other things seem to fall away for a while.

Jane working on a bowl shaped basket with double zigzag weave

I did wonder if I would feel competent after such a long break! I’m sure having only one student at a time made it all seem much easier. Seeing the enjoyment of those learning, seeing them relax and ultimately empowered by learning new things has always helped me override any nerves of my own. I’m glad to say the same has been true over these last weeks.

Frances and her finished square basket.

My finished pieces from these classes are all for sale. Two medium log baskets or large kindling baskets (£70 each) and a round shopper (£65). Please do get in touch if you’re interested in making a purchase, or coming to a class. You can contact me via email or text 07989848719