|Pamela with giant wild cornucopia|
For the past several years, the approach of Autumn has signaled the weaving of a great number of cone-shaped, wild based forms, and I suppose I will have to admit, it has become something of an obsession with me. Here is a little cross-section of the many takes I have made on the traditional horn of plenty!
It all started with that free pattern that Susi Nuss posted on her website. Of course the pattern uses reed, and not something I use enough to have just what I need for it laying around.
So I had to take a trek to the woods to find something suitable.
I quickly realized what a great form this was for experimentation.
Wild gathered materials sometimes do not have the flexibility and easy conformity of reed.
|wisteria and grapevine, mostly|
So I learned to cope and embellish and make it happen!
|mostly wisteria, some split|
Handles are alot of fun, and really make the pieces unique.
|another mostly wisteria with split vines...so beautifully flexible!|
|inflexible, large gauge honeysuckle was added to this finished cornucopia as a handle.|
|one of my favorite wild weaving materials are the English Ivy and Virginia Creeper found in almost any garden!|
I found that it is very fun and easy to make a mini cornucopia.
|tiny gauge, natural honeysuckle|
And they are great ring bearer or flower girl baskets for Autumn weddings, and kids are quite intrigued with them.
They work well for bridesmaids, also
A cornucopia does not always have to be pointed, they can take a pod shape.
It was a wonderful discovery that cornucopias often make great wild hats.
My first truly weird form made the most fabulous swamp witch hat, it sold in less than 10 minutes as a Halloween costume.
|Swamp Witch's Hat|
So I made more, "convertable" or dual-purpose hat/cornucopias :)
|Swamp Witches hat with wisteria, grapevine, carolina jasmine, virginia creeper, honeysuckle, autumn olive, and others...|
Even a gnomish helmet.
|gnome helmet of grapevine, Autumn Olive, and assorted vines|
People say they decorate with cornucopias through Autumn, into the Christmas season...well, i decided to make a convertable cornucopia/Christmas tree decoration!
I have made really really tiny cornucopias for dollhouse or doll hats.
And enormous ones to put on the lawn, or display at a Farmer's Market!
Natural Fibers Group newsletter, perhaps you will read them there.