Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Make a wild weaving


Come. Let yourself go. 

Pick a flower ....
or two ....
or ten ... or twenty-two.... and make something with us!

I just want to hold onto this warm, summery, feeling that's ripe in the air and obvious in the faces of kids. 
With weather like this, don't you want to experience beauty, too, without so many rules? Of course, rules and procedures have their time and place but, today, let's keep it simple and free --- come away with us and we'll show you how to make wild weavings, too.

Click below for the full post and tutorial...

Let's get started:
Materials:
Flowers (grass, twigs and branches can be used, too. I love using lavender for these*) and gardening twine.

- To make a weaving, simply lay your flowers and foliage flat and even on a work surface.
- Separate these into regular and neat bundles.
- Cut an arms length of twine.
- Lay the twine at the base of the flower and foliage, keeping a small tail.
I am right handed and began my weaving from the left hand side and due to this, started from the left hand side so that I could use my right hand to weave and my left hand to hold the tail of the twine into place.
-Begin weaving by moving the twine over and under the flowers/foliage creating your first row.
-Once you've reached the end of this first row, return back down; working from the opposite direction.
- Continue in this alternating fashion until you've reached the desired length. 
- Once the desired length has been achieved, finish the weaving by weaving the ends of the twine back into the woven surface.
If you haven't done this before, take the end string and weave backwards until the string is imbedded and doesn't show. Use this technique on both ends -- start and finish.

- Weaving is complete! This is a perfect project to do after a nature walk and work wonderfully as an "invitation to create" that can start with a walk to collect foliage and flowers.  I'd love to see how your use this tutorial and as always, I'm so happy to hear from you. Happy willowday making!

Uses:
Make these just for fun. They are fun and I would love to see what you do with this tutorial!

Since I love the scent of lavender, one of ours has actually remained hung, drying, by a door and I'm just crazy about the scent. Roses are also lovely when woven in to the mix and dry well, too.

Last, the original spark for these came after gathering flowers and doing a little weaving when I started to imagine these on our tables as placemats. We didn't manage to make that kind of quantity, however, we did make a table runner for a garden dinner!  They added the perfect extra element to a simple, summer meal. More on this soon, but, I can't wait to share the idea with you. 
How to weave a wild basket. 
materials: Use long grass or a similar foliage to make a basket and garden twine

Let's get started:
- I found grass that was about 2-3 feet long which was perfect for these. We wove a length that was approximately 1 1/2 feet long using the same weaving technique as explained above. 

- After the first weaving step is complete, form a circle and bind the beginning and end together with the twine. Weaving any loose twine ends back into the weaving to secure. 

- Fan the base out to create a basket. 
Enjoy! These baskets are actually functional  -- whether you use them for garden play or toting, enjoy!

Happy Making and, as always, I'd love to see what you do!
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8 comments:

  1. So beautiful. And so nice to see your little mini me in the pics!

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    1. Thank you so much, Meri! I would love to see it with some of the CA flowers + lemons -- do lemon branches have the lemony scent, I wonder?

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    1. Ana, thank you so much! As were were making these, I thought of you and that oh, so, cool tree stump weaving!

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  3. I love the idea and especially the basket. So festive.

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    1. Thank you so much Lulu! The basket was a surprise development and it's amazing how many times we've been able to put it to use already --- on our table, collecting flowers, etc.

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  4. The idea is fantastic and the pictures are magical! The result is stunning!

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    1. Thank you so much, Karin. These are the kinds of project that one just thanks "Summer" for -- it just happened.. and then, again and again -- it's one of those projects --- so simple and almost never wrong.

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Thank you!