A willow wreath can be used in many ways. It offers a beautiful natural structure to which you can add many different styles of foliage for as many different occasions. Holly, ivy and mistletoe are obvious choices at Christmas time, but the wreath can be used for many other celebrations during the year. Dressing it with spring flowers and moss as a centrepiece on a table can look stunning. Or try hanging it on a wall adorned with hops and apples in the autumn – this also looks fabulous.
In simple step-by-step instructions and photographs, professional basket maker and willow grower, Jenny Crisp shows you how to make this simple, elegant willow wreath.
Photography: Sarah Weal
This project has been taken from Jenny Crisp's book Willow: A Guide to Growing and Harvesting - Plus 20 Beautiful Woven Projects with kind permission of Quarto Books.
A clearly presented beginners' introduction to making wreaths, getting the 'wrap' right so the ends are held in place and the willow or whatever you use appears to twist endlessly.
Jenny Crisp is a professional basket maker and willow grower with training at Hereford College of Arts and a degree in Woven Textiles at West Surrey College of Art & Design. She grows the willow to make her baskets that she then sells directly to the public.