Welcome to Whittle & Weave.
I’m Karina and I quite like bending sticks. I love the slow pace and methodical processes involved in basket making and I really enjoy sharing this skill with others.
I have always worked in the outdoors. After studying environmental science and working in conservation for a while I moved into environmental education. For the last 15 years I have been running bushcraft courses – mainly playing in the woods, making fires, using sharp tools and creating things out of natural materials. I have been weaving baskets for around 10 years and set up this little business because weaving makes me happy.
I have worked with all sorts of groups over the years and have seen how beneficial connecting with nature can be. Immersing yourself in a mindful craft like basketry, working with your hands to physically shape a natural material, is a great way to connect… and so rewarding – plus you can do it indoors with a nice cup of tea when the weather’s rubbish.
If you would like to have a go at bending some sticks or twisting some leaves to make your own basket I would love to hear from you.