A Willowy Day of Weaving and Springshine
What a wonderful sight of baskets to come...
I went off and picked up my willow order from PH Coate in Somerset on Saturday. It is sooOOooo exciting to have all of this ready and waiting to be prepared for baskety action! I've now got a good selection of brown, steamed and buff willow.
I spent Sunday pottering in the garden and trying to make it collie proof. Which is impossible actually but I have to try. I snuck away with some Lime tree cuttings someone had left in the gutter a month ago. Finally I've found a good use for them! I'm going to extend the height of our little gate with a hurdle.
I poked two of the Lime sticks into the ground the exact width apart that my gate is. I then bent them over and wrapped them round each other to make the arch.
I poked a few more of the Lime sticks into the ground, tying them onto the arch with a bit of string.
Then I took some of my pre-soaked willow (that had dried out, but still had a bit of bend in it) and did a pairing weave using two withies to hold all of the sticks together and give the hurdle it's strength.
Then I started to fill-in the gaps with some old pre-soaked (and only ever so slightly bendy now they're almost totally dried up!) steamed willow, using a normal in-out slew weave (I used two withies at a time).
It's not finished yet, I'll post up more pics as I go along and finally get it on the gate below.
I managed to get up a couple of hurdles to fill in the gaps either side of the gate using some willow I grew myself a couple of years ago. Lots of lovely colours. To see them properly you may have to click on the pic to make it bigger.
Willow didn't even notice they were there and jumped up and crashed into one! It didn't fall over and stopped her escaping - result!
This is a little orange tree that was a gift to me one christmas a few years ago. I got a little christmas tree decoration from PG over at Middle of Nowhere this christmas past and loved it so much I hung it on my orange tree, where it will stay. I wanted to share it with you all as I think it's a great plant decoration!
Hope you all had a lovely weekend and thank you for the kind words about the Foraging Basket!! :)