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George Pilkington of Nurturing Nature made all of the willow wreaths. If you would like something similar for your school, community group, etc., contact me, 01925 452819/mob 0787 – 358 6685
Holding the thickest end of the withy in my left hand, I bend it to form a loop. Depending on how thick the withy is, (right of above photo) this can either be cut off or bent to wrap around itself to complete the loop. It may also add a little strength to the loop.
Holding the wreath first layer in one hand, hold the next withy in the same hand (top right of photo) put your hand into the middle of the wreath and pull the second withy through the middle weaving it in and out around the wreath, exactly the same as the first withy.
Find a gap between between the withies and push the growing tip end of the withy through the gap. It is at this stage that you can add a little colour to the wreath by weaving in some red dogwood withies, (as shown in part 2) which themselves can be nearly as flexible as willow,.
I usually only use two or three withies to make a wreath. I have found that more than this, just tend to make the wreath a little heavy and in my experience, are not really necessary. You can of course, ‘cheat’ a little if you are a newcomer to making willow withy wreaths. The wreath may be loose with a few large gaps or the withies keep on opening up or coming loose. When the withies just wont behave, tie them up with gardeners string.
You have the bones, hopefully you have already collected your clothes to dress the wreath (part 2) and have found some christmassy decorations. Conifer cones look nice as a finishing touch and can quite easily be tied to the wreath. How to dress the wreath and a few quick examples of finished wreaths, see part 4….coming soon! And no plastic! Fantastic!
If you would like something similar for your school, community group, etc,contact me 01925 452819/mob 0787 – 358 6685