With Thanksgiving just a hair over two weeks away, I wanted to get in the theme of the Holiday and decided to make myself a Cornucopia!
I had made one for a customer many years ago, and as is the case with so many of the baskets I weave, I just never got around to making one for myself.
It's very simple to make, and weaves up relatively quickly using only two different sizes of round reed.
It's fairly large in size (perfect for a Thanksgiving Table!), but I think you could easily make one smaller just by using thinner round reed.
I opted to make mine plain, but it would be beautiful
with some 1/4" flat dyed fall colors woven in as well....or use a combination of natural and smoked reed.
I filled mine with a variety of silk flowers I already had laying around, and am really happy with the result.
I also have a pattern book with instructions to make a beautiful braided wreath out of round reed (Romancing the Reed, by Sharon Wright).
I had tried this wreath last year and got so confused and frustrated, I gave up.
I tried it again, and again got frustrated, but this time I had an idea for how to make it a bit easier, and it worked!
The technique used is a five strand braid, which is really pretty easy.
The difficulty comes when you need to weave the ends back into the wreath at the starting point.
Wow...talk about confusing!
But I managed, and even though I'm not sure I did it quite right, it won't matter if I cover that part with a bow!
The possibilities for embellishment are as endless as your imagination, but I wouldn't want to cover too much of this wreath because the braiding is so pretty!
The next wreath is one I came up with myself. It was so easy to do it is ridiculous!
I have a bunch of metal hoops that were left from my adventures in weaving lampshades...I had no use for the bottom ring, and they were cut off, but I saved them anyway.
All I did was wrap long lengths of round reed (I used three lengths of #4 RR together) around the hoop on a diagonal, then wrapped back in the opposite direction a few times, then back again the other way a few times....etc., until I was happy with the thickness.
The end result looks much more complicated than it really is!
How about that???
The little ornaments hanging on the wreath are really wine glass charms that I found at a dollar store many years ago.
I love how the old, rejected pearl necklace looks draped around the top!
(Sometimes it pays to save your old junk!)
Well, I hope I've inspired you to try creating your own wreaths, and if you don't already have a cornucopia, give it a try and see just how easy it is to weave!