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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Willow Heart Wand

Use the same technique as you would to create a wreath to weave a heart wand with an Egyptian knot flower basket

Bend a thick, strong wire into a curve

Bend a thick, strong wire into a curve

To create half a heart shape

... to create half a heart shape. I made this wire half to give this side of the heart extra strength because I will use a technique similar to weaving an Egyptian knot basket to create more depth in this part of the heart wand

Strip a few willow stems. See the detailed Tutorial below

Start at the cupid's bow of the heart

Start weaving the wand at the cupid's bow of the heart

Wrap the willow around the wire

Wrap the willow around the wire tightly to secure the first stem to the wire

Wrap the thin tip of the stem loosely around the wire to follow the shape

Wrap the thin tip of the stem loosely around the wire to follow the shape

Carefully manipulate the stem to mirror the curve of the opposite side of the heart shape

Carefully manipulate the stem to mirror the curve of the opposite side of the heart shape

For more information about manipulating stems follow the link to the Tutorial below

Weave the stem to twirl around the wire

Weave the stem to twirl around the wire

You now have your basic heart wand shape and can now start to weave in twigs to add bulk, strength and depth

Knot a new willow stem at the end of the heart and weave it around the candle part of the wand

Knot a new willow stem at the end of the heart, to secure the first stem, and weave it around the candle part of the wand

Weave all the way down the handle part of the wand

Weave all the way down the handle part of the wand

Secure the willow twigs by hooking it into the previously woven twig as you would when weaving a wreath. For a detailed Tutorial on weaving a wreath see the link below

Weave in a second twig

Weave in a second twig, as you did the first. Wrap the stem around the wire...

And then around the wire half of the heart

... and then around the wire half of the heart securing the first twig.

Weave the rest of the willow stem to wrap around the other side of the heart

Weave the rest of the willow stem to wrap around the other side of the heart

And down the handle

... and down the handle

Adjust the tension in the twigs as you weave

Adjust the tension in the twigs as you weave to make sure the heart shape remains flat

Weave in another twig

Weave in another twig

And twirl it around to follow the shape

... and twirl it around the wire and stems to follow the heart shape

Keep weaving in twigs.

Keep weaving in twigs. Weave in thicker twigs where you require more strength and then thinner twigs to secure it in place

Hook each new stem into the weave

Hook each new stem into the weave to start it securely

Weaving the Egyptian knot- inspired basket:

And then wrap the stem around the other stems to closely follow the shape

Hook a willow stem securely through the weave at the wire side of the heart shape

Bend the stem up and around the heart twigs

Bend the stem up and around the heart twigs

Bend the stem over to the front and secure

Bend the stem over to the front and secure

Add four more stems in the same way

Add four more stems in the same way. Now you have four stems on each side, making it eight stems, and the outline of the heart stems as stem nine to weave through

Creating a little flower pocket or basket

Creating a little flower pocket or basket

Secure a willow stem to the heart outline

Secure a willow stem to the woven heart outline

Wrap this stem around the first basket stem

Wrap this stem around the first basket stem

And then around the second stem

And then around the second stem

Followed by the third stem

Followed by the third stem. This is your basic weaving pattern. Just wrap the stem around the basket stem and move on to the next stem.

Flip the heart wand over and continue to wrap the stems on the other side

Flip the heart wand over and continue to wrap the stems on the other side

Wrap a new twig next to the first one to build up the basket

Wrap a new twig next to the first one to build up the basket

And another twig

And another twig

Wrap twigs until the basket is complete

Wrap twigs until the basket is complete

Weave in a few looser twigs to create movement

Weave in a few looser twigs to create movement and to make it look more natural and add the flowers

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Tutorials

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...

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Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow

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