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Strip The Willow!

Sunday, April 1st 2012

Members of the Compass Rose Ceilidh band tried their hand at stripping a different kind of willow today! Along with fifteen others they did some willow weaving and made Easter decorations from willow harvested at Foxglove.

Strip the willow

Not only was this a new event for Foxglove but it was the first time that children have taken part in this craft activity too and with some fantastic results. 


One budding sculpturess was very young!

Helping hand

After a tea break and once everyone had made an Easter wreath, Adam gave a demonstration on how to make a willow dragonfly.

Dragonfly demo

In no time at all dragonflies began to decorate the classroom!

Willow Weaving

As well as wreaths and dragonflies, spheres, fish and even an obelisk were made!  Rosie got the prize for good attendance.

Easter Willow Weaving

All in all, a friendly fun afternoon. Thanks to everyone for your support and thanks to all who helped out with harvesting willow, making teas, washing up and clearing away at the end of the day.

Group Picture

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