Last summer my sister and I took a day course on willow weaving and both came back very happy with baskets we had made.
The tutor of our course contacted us again to say that she was holding a half day class on willow weaving for christmas, so we both jumped at the chance to go back and have another go!!
although we made a number of different bits and pieces, I am particularly please with the willow chain I made. We took lengths of prepared willow and wrapped them around a jar to get the circular shape, slid the willow of the jar and then wrapped the ends into the circle. To make a chain, you follow the same process but thread the piece of will through the previous circle before wrapping it around the jar. I then added a small star to either end using short lengths of the same willow and tied the ends together with raffia.
We decided to us it as a garland to decorate the curtain pole above our window, using ribbon to tie it on:
and putting a small beaded star in the middle (I also made the star!!)
The whole this looks like this (bad photo I know
We have decided to leave it up all year because we quite like the effect!!
After completing the beaded star, I go the bug for beading and found a wonderful kit at my local hobby store. Following the instructions produced this:
Which I think is quite beautiful, but have only had the time to make one. I am wondering about having a play with the beads and coming up with something else, but only time will tell!!
Along the theme of beading...
my sister and I have decided we will try to make something for our christmas tree each year. So when we found this kit at a show we decided to buy it and have a play:
Again following the instructions produced this:
My sister had a play and came up with another design, but I didn't get pictures of that
Lastly, I made this about 2 years ago. I learnt bobbin lace as a child and decided to revisit it with a book found in the library, unfortunately this was the only piece I made as the book needed returning!
However, I think it is really cute, my little bookworm bookmark!: