Basic weaving, as I understand, works with a warp and a weft, the weft being the cross-fibers which run horizontally, and the warp being the fibers which run vertically.
Hair weaving, a recent experiment, involved me setting the warp hairs first, and then alternating my weft over under over under, all the way across, and then under over under over with the next weft. It was not very easy, required a lot of coordination and counting, and set me into a state of suspended meditation as I worked, in the cold evening air of early January on my patient model, Birch.
I was going with the process, no real attachment to the final look. All I knew was that I wanted to weave her hair like a cedar basket, and then decorate it with my newly made Rosehip Garland and hair pins. Check out this weaving video, as well as the Rosehip Garland DIY.
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Foraging is something that we have talked about quite a bit this year at HTHG. I hope I am not repeating myself by saying that I love foraging and here is why:
My rosehip forage for this DIY project started like this: I take a little jog, most mornings of the week. By little, I mean like 15 minutes or so. Just enough to help me wake up and get my blood flowing. Usually, I walk Marley to school and then just take off from there, around the neighborhood.
I knew I wanted to find rosehips, so as I jogged one morning, I turned my awareness to rosehips. I visualized them as I jogged, and before long they began to pop out at me all over the place. I took mental notes of where they were, knowing I would be back soon with a basket.
The next day, I brought along my basket and returned to the rosehip bushes I had discovered the day before. I wandered the neighborhood, taking several hips for each bush as I passed, feeling like I was greeting an old friend each time I passed a rosebush, thanking the plant for each rosehip I harvested.
Foraging helps me to write a map of plants in my head, connecting me to the web of nature. Harvesting helps me engage with each plant on my journey, solidifying the place of each plant on my mental map. Creating with the plants themselves helps me to understand and honor each plant in a deeper way, witnessing the unique likeness and differences in plants, and interacting with them. This relationship, for me, is my spiritual practice. It is a great source of connection and gratitude. Which is why I am sharing this fun DIY craft tutorial with you:)
The Beauty of Rosehips
My step-mother Barb loved flower buds more than flowers themselves. She liked how they were sweet and small and unassuming but held the entire knowledge and being of the entire future blossom……A beautiful secret, well-gaurded, and vibrating with life.
Rosehips, besides being a powerfully medicinal part of the rose plant, hold the secret of the future Rose, the most sacred and highly-vibrational flower on the planet. With this sweet little secret, we create a garland to adorn ourselves today so that we, too, can vibrate with our own sweet life-force, guarding our truths with our lives, sharing them only when we feel ready.
DIY Rosehip Garland
For this DIY, you will need a bowl of assorted rosehip plants, thick thread or fishing wire, a needle, pliers and scissors or snippers, and some hair pins.
Begin by rinsing your rosehips, and trimming their stems and petals. Arrange them into piles by size, if you want your garland to have any particular order. If not, that is okay too! I did mine starting small, getting large towards the center, and getting small again at the other end.
Thread your needle, doubling your thread nice and long ( 3 feet or so) and knotting the end. Begin to thread your rosehips on the needle, one at a time through the center. They may be tough to get through, and if they are, use your pliers to help work the needle through and pull it out the other side.
Continue threading rosehips until your garland is as long as you want it. I made mine long enough to wrap twice around my head snuggly so it could be worn as a crown, a necklace, or as a decorative circle. Tie the ends of your garland tightly together in a triple knot to secure the rosehips.
Create your hairpins by poking one end of a pin through the center and hooking both ends out the bottom of a rosehip.
Use them to decorate a braid! Keep your creations in a cool, dry place and enjoy the changing variation of color and texture as the rosehips dry out.
Hi honeys. I recently had the absolute luxury of an entire day to myself, in my house, cleaning done and chores cast to the side……….And a little project that had been burning a whole through my mind for over a year.
I made myself a nice cup of coffee, and I put on the news radio with the intention of catching up on some world news. I got out my fabric……….Huge swaths of linen, cotton gauze, and bamboo, and I began cutting. 4 inch strips, 9 feet long. I cut and cut until my hands ached and the blades of my scissors gnawed and hacked. Cutting things is my happy place.
100 strips later, with a gigantic pile of fabric strips and fabric lint on my living room floor, my head filled with the awfulness of war and ignorance, I turned off the radio, sneezed, and made the assertion that running these fabric strips through the wash was the right choice. Why? Because it seemed like the right thing to do.
While the strips laundered, I prepared a bucket of Indigo Dye in my back yard. I picked some veggies and weeds from the garden and juiced them, and put on some old country music.
When the washing machine beeped, I eagerly lifted the lid. Inside was a dreadlock of fibers and fabric. I lifted it out in a large clump. I thought to myself ‘this is going to be a long day.’
I spent the next 3 hours untangling the mess, strip by strip. I practiced breathing and having good posture while I worked, a difficult practice considering that a large part of myself felt absolutely tortured by my own stupidity for not washing the fabric before cutting it into strips! and I just kind of wanted to melt into nonexistence.
Something that the last year has really taught me, though, is that wasted time and energy is only wasted if a lesson is not learned. I thought about that, and felt better. This is a part of the process, and it is part of what will make the next time even better. I think it’s important to be kind to ourselves especially when trying new things. Needless to say, I talked myself down from the ledge with this little affirmation…….Take the lesson, enjoy the process, keep going. The Ceremony of Pushing Through!
Once I had untangled the worlds larges fabric dreadlock, took off my shoes and went back outside where I proceeded to I dye the strips in all different ways, some I double dipped to darken them, some I krinkled up and rubber-banded and dipped in the dye bath, some I twisted into knots and dipped, and some I dipped so that they would be more gradient, like an ombre. My hands were denim blue by the end of it, and I had blue splatters all over my feet, arms, and face. I was surrounded by 100 blue dyed strips which hung from my clothes line, gently fluttering in the wind.
After the strips dried, I braided them, twisted them, and crocheted them into long ropes and shorter bands, with the intention of adorning peoples hair and heads in a a multitude of creative and meaningful ways.
When I finished with the fabric, I used the last of my dye on some vintage paper roses, dipping them in one at a time and setting them in the sun……For future Blue Rose Power Crowns.
At the end of the day, I had 25 beautiful unique head wraps, each with it’s own personality. Two of my favorites were simple, ombre-dyed strips of linen which I had knotted every few inches from one end to the other…..They seemed the perfect ones for my daughters Marley and Selah.
Mars was kind enough to let me shoot a quick little tutorial of a lovely way to wear a head wrap such as this one.
Head Wrap Twisted Hairstyle
We began by wrapping her head with the knotted strip, it banded around twice. I wound the ends of the strip around the band a few times to secure the wrap.
Then, starting on one side, twist a small section of hair, and wind it around the bands, tucking it securly in and around the headwrap. Take another small section of hair next to the first one and repeat.
Now do the same thing, starting from the other side. Work your way towards the center, twisting winding and tucking in hair around your bands.
Over the next few months, I will be posting more ways that one can wear these hand-made beauties.
These headwraps were made with the intention of helping us find more ceremony in the small details of our daily lives, with more intention setting in our self care routine, and homage paid towards the power of adornment.