Jan 03, 2021
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Thank you so much for joining me :)
Just thought I'd give you an idea of what I have planned this year.
I love the idea of it being seasonal so we can gather and make throughout the year. As far as I can tell most members are either U.K or North America so plant wise seasons and plant distribution should be similar which is great !
So the vague idea is every month there will be a 'plant of the month' which we will explore in depth - Harvesting, processing then weaving!
We will use each plant to explore different weaving techniques and styles of basketry so by the end of the year we will have covered - twining, coiling, plaiting, random weave and many different sizes and shapes of basket!
Alongside this, each month I will be writing posts on what other fibre plants that are about. Some of these will be cordage plants solely and others will be both suitable for cordage and weaving projects.
As we go through the year collect as many of these as you can as it will be so much fun to work all these different fibres into our fibre baskets later in the year! It's lovely to be able to incorporate different fibres with all their beautiful different colours and textures!
This is the loose 'plan' going through the months.. Important to be flexible when it comes to working with natural materials.. Looking for what's abundant and available around to you :)
I've chosen plants that are available on both sides of the sea and will mention alternatives if you don't have access to these!
POTM (plant of the month) - Ivy
Basket type - Frame foraging basket
Cordage/other weavables available -
POTM - Bramble
Basket type - random weave (this ones so much fun!)
POTM - Juncus
Basket type - Looping
POTM - Dandelion
Basket type - Fairy Basket using the Juncus and Dandelion
Narrow leave plantain stems
Daffodil leaf and Stem
POTM - Willow Bark
Basket type - Plaiting
Wild garlic stems
POTM - Bindweed
Basket type - Little twined bowl of bindweed
Hemp leaved agrimony
Willow herb (fireweed)
Ivy (summer harvest for peeling for white vines)
POTM - Yellow Flag Iris
Basket type - Plaited purse
Bramble for cordage
POTM - Cattail
Basket type - Twill Placemat
Marshmallow and Hollyhock
POTM - Crocosmia
Basket type - Now we've amassed a fair amount of materials a woven wearable, using bark, using any of the leafy things collected so far.
POTM - Daylilies
Basket type - Spiral wall hanging, incorporating as few or as many different leaves as you like. We will explore different weaves on this one to make different patterns :)
Red hot poker leaves
Sycamore leaf stalks
POTM - Pine needles!
Basket type - Coiled basket using, pine needles, narrow leafed plantain stalks and broom.
POTM - Everything :) We'll combine whatever leaves, roots, vines, branches and stems we've managed to collect and make a beautiful woven platter :)
Also I thought it might be fun to make cute little vine stars and simple woven festive decorations..
The need for tools and equipment will be minimal but I'll write a post shortly about the few it'd be good to have :)
Anywho that's enough computer for me today!
Thank you again and you'll hear from me soon with instructions and tips on how and what to gather for our first project.