Hello willow creatives, you can download your copy of the Autumn Willow Newsletter 2023 below and peruse at your leisure.
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Rachel Harwood Willow & Ros Ingram Ceramics.
Sculpted using a variety of natural willow colours, this fox, badger and duck are a collaboration with Ros Ingram Ceramics, made especially for the winter poem trail at Charlecote Park Warwickshire and is currently on loan until the 5th January 2021. Don’t delay go and visit today!!!
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Ros Ingram Ceramics https://www.instagram.com/ceramicfish/
Today I am going to show you how to make a simple wrap. A useful way to tie bundle of rods together on many different projects, such as the wigwams, animal legs, bird houses etc.
- You will need a bunch of rods suitable for your project.
- A single piece of thicker willow for the spacer.
- A long piece of willow for the wrap.
- Take the spacer, hold it with your bundle of sticks that you want to wrap.
- Take the piece you are going to use for your wrap, kink it and pop it on and wrap it round you bundle of sticks, holding them altogether nice and tightly.
- Keep wrapping until you get to about a foot length left at the end of the rod or enough to fee back through the wrap.
- Once you get near to the end, take it all in one hand, pull out the spacer.
- Take the end of the rod and push it through the space that you just created by taking the spacer out and give it a nice pull to tighten.
- Clip off the ends.
To celebrate National Nest Box Week, here’s a hedgerow mini make. There are lots of ways to make bird houses, but this is the most simple version. I have used hedgerow materials, but you can also use willow.
How to Make –
- You will need – 7 thick rods about 2 foot long, lots of thin rods, any length and string.
- Wrap and tie the seven rods, bend them over at the bottom to splay them out.
- Take one of the thinner rods, insert the tip between tow of the uprights and weave in-between each one, when you run out add another in the same place, it does not matter wether you start with a tip or the butt end, do whatever suits your material it will depend on the flexibility.
- Weave the shape you want all the way up, then wrap and tie the top.
- Trim off any bits sticking out and lastly cut an entrance out somewhere in the middle.