The willow for the Christmas Stars is grown on Salt Spring Island. Joan has planted over 15 different varieties of willow especially for basket making. These varieties of willow were developed and grown for hundreds of years mainly in Europe to supply the willow basket industry. Each stick if one years growth and is harvested in winter while the plant is dormant. Each plant produces a variety of lengths from 2 ft. to 10 ft. long so these need to be sorted by height and stacked to dry.
Willow has so many uses a fascinating history and this star is just one way for you to enjoy it’s beauty.
20 pieces of willow – 15” long
12 elastic bands, pieces of waxed thread or twist ties