Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Jiyek Braiding a Pussy Willow Twig Blind
A design inspired by traditional Jiyek braiding techniques
Cut four long strands of wool. Fold the wool strands in half to find the middle point.
Drill two holes into a short stick. Thread wire through the holes and twist the wire at their ends to secure it in place
Pull the wool over the twig so that the twig lies in the middle point of the wool strand
Do the same with the rest of the wool to have eight equil string pieces
Knot the pairs of string at the far end
Place the string on a flat working surface
Cut the pussy willow in sections equal in length.
Separate the string strands. The first strand goes to the back. The second to the front. The third to the back and the last strand to the front
Slip a willow twig between the strands. Be very careful not to break off any of the fragile catkins.
Fold the string open and add a twig
Swap the sides of the string...
by folding the string open again over the willow
And add another willow twig
This is your basic braiding pattern. Fold the string up, add a twig and bring the string down and the other two sections up again.
Keep braiding in pussy willow sticks
Lightly fold the string up
And knot tightly to secure the last pussy willow stick
Cut the dangling string short... or leave it to hang like a tassel
Add a few verical sticks for visual interest...
The pussy willow blind- armature is ready to design with
A creative design that has some height to it without blocking the view. This can easily be scaled up or down to match the environment you want to display it in.