How do you prepare fresh willow for weaving?
(Before weaving, soak the dry willow rods until you can bend them around your wrist, without cracking them. Soaking them for 24 hours in a bathtub is usually long enough. They are ready for weaving when they can pass the bend test without cracking.)
What willow do you use for weaving?
The willow used mostly in commercial basket weaving in the UK is Black Maul a cultivar of Salix Triandra but most willow is ‘weavable’. The thin shoots of the willow tree are known as whips but once cut and dried we call them rods.
Can weeping willow be used for weaving?
Can you use weeping willow that is found in many gardens? No. … Many of the varieties are used across the world for weaving but the most common used for basketry and sculptures are Salix purpurea, Salix viminalis and Salix triandra.
Can you soak willow?
You can soak willow in a soaking bag, in the bath (be aware that the tannins in the willow bark may stain your bath) or in an outdoor pond or pool. Water butts are also handy (some people recommend using large drain pipes capped at one end).
How much willow do I need for a basket?
How many willow shoots are recommended? For small baskets, around 60. For medium baskets, around 125. For large, around 170.
Can you weave GREY willow?
Willow’s outer branches are very flexible and could be woven into a basket, lobster pots and beehives. Near many marshlands and rivers where willow grows profusely, large stands were allowed to develop and coppiced before the whips were used to make baskets.
What can I make with weeping willow branches?
Weeping willow branches can be used to craft many types of furniture, including plant stands, chairs and tables.
What can I do with willow?
This versatile plant can be put to many uses on a holding — as a hedging plant, shelterbelt and tree fodder and for basket and hurdle-making, biomass, worming and other medicinal uses. It also helps to boost biodiversity as it is the food plant for many caterpillars and an early nectar source for bees.