Willow Knitting Basket

Hilary Burns
Willow Knitting Basket with indigo lining by Hilary Burns, suitable for holding knitting needles, wool or sewing projects.

This functional willow knitting basket is full of considered references, from the Japanese inspired indigo lining, to the small handle of the basket. This work was produced using the stake and stand method to create a sturdy and hardwearing structure, finished with a zig zag technique on the body, in which woven willow is placed in a diagonal pattern.
Material: Willow Bag: Linen lining, Cotton outer
cm: Diameter 50cm, Height 23cm
inches: Diameter 9.1in, Height 11.8in
Care Instructions: Dust and wipe with cloth, store in a warm dry place
Lead Time: 4-6 weeks


Hilary grows numerous varieties of willow on the Dartington estate, Devon. Between November and March she harvests the crops, drying the rods and re-soaking for weaving as required throughout the year. This basket has been handwoven and finished with a hand-sewn lining by Hilary in her wokshop.
The Maker Hilary Burns Basket Maker - South West England

Hilary Burns is a Devon based basketmaker who grows, harvests, soaks and bends her own willow to create functional pieces and decorative baskets. Weaving has been a constant in her life, originally she trained as a fabric weaver before taking up the craft of basketry thirty years ago. In 1985, she planted several willow beds to grow her own sustainable materials – hazel, oak and ash. Her work is based on traditional techniques applied in a contemporary way to achieve a robust and natural look.