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Making a Midsummer Wreath

making a grass wreath

Celebrate the midsummer and all the different varieties of grass by making a classic grass wreath. Unlike flower rings, wreaths made from grass don't droop, they simply dry out and will last from year to year if treated well.

They are a wonderful way to highlight the tapestry of all the different shades and shapes of grass, particularly the purple, grey and pale green tones

You need

  • 2 copper wreath frames - I find that using two together makes the finished wreath much stronger without adding much weight. Use whatever size frame you like - remember that the larger the frame, the more grass you will need.
  • Fine florist's wire - the thinnest weight of 14-16" stub wire works best.
  • Dry grass - preferably a variety of different types of grass, though a single variety like wheat or barley will work well too. You will need a lot of stems - I used about 40 bunches each with 20 stems.

Step 1

Join the two copper frames together by wrapping florist's wire round them in 4 places - try to get the copper joining pieces evenly spaced round the ring as this will make the frame stronger.

making a grass wreath

Step 2

Arrange your grass into bunches of about 20 stems and wrap each bunch twice with florist wire. You want the bunch in the middle of the wire with the free ends out either side. Trim the stems to about 2 cm below the wire.

making a grass wreath

Step 3

Use the free ends of wire to attach the bunches to the copper frame. Overlap the bunches to cover the stem of the previous bunch as you go.

making a grass wreath

Step 4

Keep going round the frame, overlapping the bunches and keeping a nice curve. Eventually you will come back to the beginning and need to carefully tuck the last bunches under the first ones. Take your time and just move the first bunches slightly to one side so that you can slot the last ones in, then carefully move them back.

The aim is to make the join invisible.

making a grass wreath

Step 5

Hang your wreath on a wall - this is a really light wreath so easy to hang. I made a small hoop out of florist wire and attached it to the top of the copper frame at the back of the wreath - then I used a drawing pin to pin it to the wall.

You can also simply hang it from a hook.

making a grass wreath

Comments: 1 (Add)

Gill Harris on June 21 2019 at 10:50

Lovely idea Jane , would it be ok outside as a door wreath ?

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I took my spring flowers out of the press to make way for summer ones.⁠⠀
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I intend to make ones for each season if I can and then frame them as a set - sweet peas and nasturtiums went in yesterday.⁠⠀
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To press flowers all you need is strong boards and absorbent paper - though you can use paper interleaved in heavy books the result is better if you are pressing down evenly rather than like a hinge. ⁠⠀
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I would therefore use the books either side of the paper, chopping boards work well (if you have any you aren't using).⁠⠀
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You can even put the sheets of paper with their interleaved flowers under a heavy rug. ⠀
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Celebrating the seasons. ⠀
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The garden and meadow are full of circles at the moment - beautiful flowering heads of teasels and globe thistles. ⁠⠀
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They are covered in bees which go round and round visiting each tiny flower, working steadily, following the rows.⁠⠀
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I love this season - the sun a little lower, the evenings a little warmer, the long shadows and sweet hum of the insects. ⁠⠀
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Poised before harvest. ⁠⠀
It is tansy time again.⁠⠀
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For me the wonderful thing about seasons is that they go round and around.  They may move onto something new but I always know that they will come around again.⁠⠀
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A lot of what I have been working on for the past few years is learning how to settle myself exactly where I am, in the place where I am, in the season I am in. ⁠⠀
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To resist looking backwards or hurrying forward - to just be where I am.⁠⠀
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And where I am at the moment is in tansy time.  It marks a year since I began experimenting with using natural dyes.  A time of bright yellow alpaca socks and bags and yarn.
Hattie's pincushion.⁠⠀
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I love the common names of plants. ⠀
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Astrantia grows so happily in amongst the grasses of the Studio Meadow - it has been flowering since May and seems full of intentions to carry on.⁠⠀
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It is probably not surprising really as it grows wild in the sloping meadows at the foot of mountains in Central Europe.⁠⠀
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The perfect plant for a textile obsessed person.
It is the time of year when you can pick sweet peas every day.⁠⠀
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I love my sweet peas best with light and space - like a flock of butterflies caught mid-air.⁠⠀
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These are 'Mrs Collier' - presumably a woman known to the breeders Dobie (or Dobbie) & Sons back in Edwardian Edinburgh. ⁠⠀
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You would think that having a popular sweet pea named after you would guarantee immortality, but seemingly not.  I couldn't find out who she was.⁠⠀
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So as these fill the studio with sweet perfume, I am imagining Mrs Collier into life.⁠⠀
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If anyone has hard facts on her please let me know!
Each month or so, as part of Snapdragon Studio Membership, I put together an e-course.  It is a different topic every time and the lessons go out each Tuesday.⁠⠀
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The idea is to encourage people to try new things.  This month's course is about decorative mending - and this week I am designing a project that will form the last couple of lessons.⁠⠀
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It is a pocket patch, embroidered and appliquéd from scraps of linen and cotton. ⁠⠀
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It has been a new thing for me to try too - a project to use all the precious scraps I have been squirrelling away, not quite sure how to use them.⁠⠀
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The base is a 1950s tray cloth with holes in it, the appliqués from a tattered nightdress, the bag that it will go onto is one I dyed with dock flowers.⁠⠀
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Membership is closed at the moment - but I shall be opening the doors back up for the last week of September. If you want to be the first to know sign up to my newsletter list.
Years ago, actually maybe just last year, I saw a display of ferns in glass laboratory bottles. ⁠⠀
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It may have been at Jupiter Art Land, it may have been somewhere else *. ⁠⠀
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This is my homage. ⁠⠀
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*I think my brain may be broken, so many things seem to have fallen out the side.⁠⠀
Boxes and boxes of A Seasonal Way magazine arrived yesterday and are sitting in the hall here. 
That means that it is the last day to get it at the pre-order price of £8. 

I had this all ready to go to the printers in the second week of March but pulled it - and have then worked for the past few months to make it better. 

It feels good that I can begin packing up Studio Members copies on the day that shielding stops in Scotland.
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