Lin Lovekin – Basket maker

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Place Category: Makers, basket weavers, Ethical Shopping and ethical homeware UK

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  • Discover Lin Lovekin – Basket maker. Lin Lovekin is an experienced basketmaker living and working in West Cornwall. She runs regular courses and sells baskets to commission.

    Willow Baskets and Lampshades – handmade in Cornwall

    I use willow grown and harvested from my own withy beds, as well as Somerset willow to make a wide range of high quality baskets to order and on spec, for a variety of traditional and contemporary purposes.

    I make everyday items such as backpacks, log and linen baskets, bike baskets, large and small shoppers and have also enjoyed the challenge of some more unusual projects such as a balloon basket for an arts project, willow woven headboards for an eco development, beautiful large lampshades for a number of restaurants and cafes (see above), and even a Tudor dress for the National Trust.


    Lin Lovekin workshops

    I run basketry workshops for beginners, improvers and intermediate basketmakers all year and over the summer months move into the Woodland Workshop to teach courses. I also work in schools creating living willow structures and weaving projects for children.

    My first withy bed was planted in 1999 when we moved to Cornwall and now extends over a significant area. I grow many varieties with different qualities and colours which I use in my work alongside willow from Somerset. I harvest by hand over the winter months.

    You might also enjoy reading How to weave a willow piglet

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