Well, today the garden has been a no-go area, what with all the snow, sleet and ice. And let’s not forget the bitter arctic wind! In fact I discovered last night that there is something about the design of our new(ish) windows that makes them resonate in high winds from particular directions. I felt like I was trying to sleep inside a church organ. Tissues shoved in the ears didn’t work, so I moved around the house until I found a quiet(er) place on the opposite side and settled down for the night!
In spite of the rather raw weather, I’ve been outside to search for things to put in a vase for Cathy’s Monday Vase meme. Our garden flowers were looking pretty sad though. So I mostly collected twigs, some with catkins. The contorted hazel in the front garden looks at its best at this time of year. I’ve used twigs in vases before, so I decided that I would try something different this week. Something that I noticed on a Pinterest craft board once … a woven piece, where the weft ‘threads’ were actually ‘found’ bits and pieces from nature.
So I made a rustic frame from four lengths of lashed together twisty hazel twigs. Warp threads were created using some green hemp twine. Then I wove twigs (with coloured bark or interesting texture) and seed heads (grasses and sedum) into the structure.
Finally, I used some dried flowers to create spots of interest.
Weft Ingredients :
Dog wood (red and green) Rosemary Abelia grandiflora North Sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) Sedum 'Autumn Joy' Clary Sage (a blue selection) Gomphrena globosa Helichrysum bracteatum Iris foetidissima (a seed pod) Corylus avellana contorta (a few extra bits)
The final piece looked like this:
I need to work on keeping the warp threads in place on the frame (the contorted hazel was rather too flexible, which made it hard to put any tension on the twine), but otherwise it was a fun experiment. I’ll have to try it again sometime.
Don’t forget to click through to Cathy’s post for links to other vase contributions!