I stopped in the lane & picked a few leaves from the neighbor's corn.
After washing them, I used a scissors to cut closely on each side of the center vein.
Then I cut down each half of the leaf to make 4 strands.
I used some glass marbles to make the stem stand up in a cup so I could work on it.
I folded the strands one over the other & tucked the last one under the first. This made what was called a Chinese Crown Knot when I did macrame'. There are other names but that is the name I learned.
I repeated the knot as many times as I could & ended up with a little pod at the base of the leaf with the center vein still intact.
They're now standing in a vase drying.
This is actually the second time I've tried this. As I expected, the first group lost a lot of it's color in drying. I may try bleaching them if I can figure out how it's done. I'm also waiting to determine if I knotted the first ones more loosely or if it's part the drying process.
Now I come to my dilemma. I've never seen this done, so I don't know what I have or what to do with them. I need a few ideas.
I think they look kind of neat in the vase & could be used in a dried arrangement. I also wonder how they'd look in a wreath. Other then that, I don't know if I've come up with something great or if I should throw them all away.