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Summer is a time when we love to get outside and create lots of fun willow crafts. One willow craft that has been most popular with children and adults has been our willow dragonflies. We first started making these back in the summer of 2009 when we were asked to run a creative workshop for the public, at the city of London festival.

Before you begin this craft DOWNLOAD our willow craft e-book below for info on how to source and prepare your willow + more !  

 

Now some people like to use the corn dolly method to make their dragonflies but we use our own unique technique demonstrated by Hanna in the video link at the bottom of this article.

As with anything, the more you practice at this craft the better you will get ! So why not soak a bit more willow than the recommended amount so you have enough spare rods to make a few more! If it’s your first attempt at working with willow then don’t worry so much about it looking perfect the first time round, we all get better with practice ! 

Practicing these types of crafts regularly is a great way of learning how the willow responds to manipulation. You will learn and feel how strong and flexible it is after it is has been soaked.

 

Our dog Sam certainly seems to be quite interested in the new addition to his garden… now its your turn !

Happy willowing!!

 

Let us know how you get on with your dragonfly and if you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments box below.

Sara & Hanna


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4 Responses

  1. Hi, i am keen to do some of your online willow weaving courses. I live in New Zealand and last year i planted 40 willow for weaving. I will be harvesting my first willow a bit later this year. This is a new venture for me and am keen to get your e-book. I entered my email address to receive your e- book but have not received the link. Can you please send me the link. Much appreciated. Love your website and content.
    Thanks, Toni

    1. Hi Toni, Thank you very much! We’re glad you like our work. You may need to check your junk email. I just tested the download and it does work. I’ve just sent you the Ebook download to your email, just in case its gone for good now! Have fun.

  2. Добрый день! Очень нравится Ваш сайт и все, что Вы делаете!!! 👍 К сожалению, в России не нашла онлайн школы по плетению скульптур. Учусь по фото иностранных коллег. Но это, конечно, не эффективно. Как можно получить видео уроки по плетению оленя и других животных? Со стрекозой уже разобралась 😉 Ссылку на книгу запросила. Жду с нетерпением 🥰

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