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weaving HAPPINESS

Natural handcrafts are back in vogue with more people wanting to reduce their carbon footprint, avoid plastics, reject consumerism and return to some of the old ways of living.

Weaving is a great example — and a way to utilise a wide range of plant species. Sourcing natural materials for crafts such as weaving can sometimes be a bit tricky and even dictated by the seasons. So why not grow your own?

Whether you live in a temperate or tropical climate, there are many plant species that can be easily grown, harvested, dried and prepared for use in weaving creations. You could be making beautiful and practical items, from simple ropes to complex wall hangings, mats, baskets, wreaths and artworks.

If you have an abundance of something in your yard that looks like it might lend itself to craft, then why not have a go? Test it. If a plant twists flexibly around your finger when fresh, it may very well be pliable when it is dry.

Test plants in different seasons to give you a true overall assessment of their potential for weaving. Some plant species are

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