Monday, June 1, 2009

Weaving with Nature



While I was in my garden today pulling those "misplaced plants" that were growing where they shouldn't, I came across a grapevine using my iris as a trellis. Fauna picked up the vine and wound it around her head like a crown; with those pixie-like eyes and ears of hers, she looked just like the Queen of the Pixies. We played some more with the grapevine and loved how pliable it was. I have seen weavings made of young pliable twigs and I thought grapevine would work just as well. So we grabbed some twine and did some weaving with nature our way. I'll do anything to get out of weeding!



We gathered long stems of catmint, chamomile, clover and some large hosta leaves to weave into the nature art. Not only will the art smell wonderful, but the plants should dry nicely (except for the hosta).



We tied the vine into a teardrop/oval shape, then tied twine all around it . Fauna's was more like a web where she just placed plants wherever she saw fit.



Fauna also made one without weaving plants throughtout. She added wooden beads and calls this one her dreamcatcher.


Araina's was more like a weaver's loom. Araina weaved her plants over, under, over, under...


She wanted her weaving to be attached to a twig hanger.

Each of these beautiful works of art are now hanging nicely in our house. One of them even makes a lovely wreath to welcome guests that come to our front door.

24 comments:

Anne said...

Beautiful...:)

Louise said...

They are Lovely-

There must be weaving magic in the air, we are weaving nature here as well.

Toni said...

wonderful you come up with the best ideas. bet your house smells really good too.-- I will do anything ot get out of weeding too,btw,-

Jess said...

perfect idea!

docwitch said...

How on earth do you keep coming up with such fabbo ideas? I adore this - how utterly fantastic.

And that little girl of yours is completely adorable. Whenever I see a pic of her I just melt and want to have more babies. Uh oh...

Joy said...

What a great job they did! Love the nature weaving. :)

jumbleberryjam said...

So wonderful! I love the spontaneous nature of your Nature creations!!

Dreamwriter said...

Great ideas!

bigbooty said...

These are great! Reminds me of the spontaneous May Goddesses my girls got to making last year - sticks stuck in the ground with grasses wound round and round, some beeswax for the heads and to hold on the inevitable long grassy locks...I also can't pass up a grapevine!

kyndale said...

My goodness! So pretty...Yes, anything to get out of weeding right :) But this weaving is much more important than weeding for sure!

Holly said...

Those are so beautiful! And such beautiful little girls, too. Holly

Anet said...

I love this project! We're going to try this when we go camping.

Shady Lady said...

How cool!

goldenbird said...

Beautiful weavings! Gosh, what lucky little girls to have a mama who encourages them to love nature and teaches them to do all sorts of lovely crafts. It's a pleasure reading your blog.

Jane said...

Great nature weavings!

Dawn said...

So lovely! :)

Luv the pic of F hiding behind hers...mysterious!

sunnymama said...

These are fun and beautiful! I did a similar project at art school many years ago but had long forgotten it until I read your post. I love how they both made something quite different.

Jane said...

How creative, they turned out so lovely! What fun to have them put on displayed. Thanks for this wonderful blog its so fun to read all your terrific ideas! They are truely inspiring!

denise said...

Oh, super fun! Love those -

jane said...

and i´d do anything to get out of ironing. i´m off to do some weaving:)... this looks fab! have a great week!

Tara said...

Ingenius and quite beautiful!!

Jen said...

What a wonderful outdoor activity. My girls will love it.

Jen
Creative and Curious Kids!

sarah in the woods said...

Those are very pretty. I think Miah would especially like to do something like this.

Stephanie said...

When you posted this we had done a similar project at Scouts a couple of weeks before.

Ours were not finished yet, and I thought I'd wait a bit to post ours.
Well... now we're up, and I'm linking to yours. :)

Steph