Foraged tray (Whakatū)

Learn to weave a useful tray using willow and foraged fibres on a prepared frame.


$56.00 per person


4h 30min

About this experience

Mar 23, 10am-2.30pm

This serving tray is woven with a mix of willow, tī kōuka, and other locally foraged fibres on a prepared frame. We will use a simple European weaving technique that is the basis of all frame style basketry, and you will go home with your own unique woven tray. We will talk about different fibres you may have growing in your own garden and how to gather and prepare them. These look beautiful hung on the kitchen or dining room wall, or in use on the table.

Please note:

  • Comfortable, practical clothing including enclosed shoes is advised.

  • Please bring close fitting gardening gloves and secateurs with you if you have them. 

  • Please be aware that some ivy may be used to weave with and occasionally some people can develop a mild rash when working with it. The gloves will minimise this, as will the removal of leaves prior.

  • If you have access to fallen tī kōuka leaves you may like to bring a small bundle which has been soaking in water for a couple of days. 

  • You may also like to gather any long, thin, flexible vines from your garden that you would like to experiment with weaving into your tray.

  • This workshop is for adults.



Bookings are non-refundable. If for any reason (this includes illness, travel delays, and injuries) you need to cancel your workshop, you will receive a refund minus a $30 administration fee. This is provided you contact us at least 14 full days before your booking

Please see our Cancellation Policy for more details.


We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Creative New Zealand.

Your Host

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Since 2016 Diana Duncan has been developing her weaving practice with locally grown and foraged fibres. Having studied fashion design and worked in clothing repairs and alterations Diana has always enjoyed creative design and problem solving. Her desire to tread lightly on this earth and conserve its resources has found a natural fit with the materials she grows and forages. More recently Diana has turned her attention to willow growing and weaving. Diana is teaching frame basket, foraged tray, wreath, and floor mat, and hosting monthly weaving club sessions, and some mending club sessions.