Recent events

Glad Rags has been busy recently:

Saturday 21st March saw us planting willow in Ham Woods.  This has been funded by Vital Sparks as part of our basket project.  We planted at two sites, one by the path from Honicknowle Lane and one by Ham Brook (where we were lucky to see the blue flash of a kingfisher).  The willow was donated, several varieties from Windrush Willow and basketry willow from Don Gaskin, Devon Rural Skills Trust who has a willow bed at Aveton Gifford.  On Saturday it was mainly a question of pushing dozens of short sticks and some longer ones into the ground.  Thanks to Dave Curno and John from Friends of Ham Woods for all the clearing and preparation that went on before this.

On Wednesday 18th we had been invited by the PTFA at the School of Creative Arts to do a craft activity for their a tea party to celebrate Mother’s Day, International Women’s Day and the opening of their beautiful new building.  Despite us having Jackie’s fabulous homemade cakes on a Wednesday anyway we thought we had better check out further Stonehouse cream tea and cake and went along to make flowers from scrap materials.  Lovely to work with children who were so inventive with their ideas and knew how to use their skills to achieve them.

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Making willow decorations in Ham Woods

Thanks to Gem Ward from Take A Part for these fab photos from our session making willow decorations in Ham on 6th December.

wreaths

It’s not just Jenny that makes wreaths – we’ve had lots of fun over the past 2 weeks creating these.  Here are some from this week’s Glad Rags:

Little Stonehouse Houses

We’ve had fun making houses inspired by Stonehouse houses and Stonehouse Time Bank’s 100 Homes project.  These are some of the first ones.

 

Basketry materials from the garden or growing wild

Contents

  1. Climbers and Trailers

Climbers and Trailers

In many case little work is required to prepare and some can be woven immediately after gathering. Can be used stripped or unstripped -best stripped when green, To store – remove leaves, tie into coils small enough to fit into a container for soaking later. Will probably need soaking in bath before use.

Blackberries, raspberries (Rubus spp)

Generally strong and pliable but vary in strength and length. Traditionally used for stitching coiled rye baskets and bee skeps. Remove any thorns by drawing a hand in a thick glove, from tip to base and then in the other direction. Canes can be split.

Clematis

Creamy wood if stripped. Weak joints. See honeysuckle for how to peel.

Grapevines (Vitis spp)

Can be gathered any time. Ideal for large, strong baskets. Easily split and these half round sections are good for rims and hoops and frames of rib baskets. Keep the vines soaked while working.