Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Weave green strips of willow bark into a nest
Strip the green bark from willow sticks
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to strip bark from willow
Set strips of willow bark down horizontally on a flat working surface
Weave a strip of bark through the strips on the working surface. I am using a basic under and over weaving pattern.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to weave with foliage
Weave in a second strip
... and a third strip of willow bark
Continue to add strips of fresh bark until you run out of weaving space
Set the willow strips in a round bowl.
The bowl should be only slightly larger than the willow weave
Set another bowl over the weave inside the larger bowl to press it into the dome shape
Set it aside for the bark to dry into the shape
As the bark dries it will darken in colour, curl and shrink
Lift the small bowl from the willow nest.
The willow bark now follows the dome contours of the bowl
Woven willow bark nest ready to design with
Set the nest over the neck of a small vase
Strip the green bark from the stems to expose the smooth wood
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