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 Crafts: Making a Besom

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PostSubject: Crafts: Making a Besom   Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:10 am

Another Pavee craft was that of besom-making. A besom was a roughly fashioned short-handled sweeping brush which was usually reserved for use in the hearth area of the kitchen or on the campsite as an effective method of lifting and moving leaves and twigs.

Gather together:

A four-foot length of ash or oak for the handle
Thin branches of birch
Thin lengths of willow or heavy cord
Scissors or sharp blade
Bucket of warm water
And seeing as this is to help strenghten the connection between Pavee and our own sexuality you could always add in a few ribbons in a rainbow colour Smile


Step 1: The birch should be soaked in the warm water overnight to make them pliable, as should the willow binding, if you're using it.

Step 2: Lay the handle on a table or the floor, and place the bristles alongside it, lined up about four inches from the bottom. Point the bottom of the bristles towards the top of the broom.

Step 3: Use the willow branches or cording to wrap the bristles around the broom.

Step 4: Add as many as you want to make the broom full. Make sure you tie the cording off securely.

Tissue Roses
Perhaps one of the most common Pavee crafts, easy to create, costing little and can be comfortably altered to compensate for any lack in resources or abundance of material.
Gather together:
Pipe cleaners

Step 1: Take a single tissue and spread it out flat in front of you. The long sides of the tissue should be on the top and bottom, the short sides on the right and left.
Step 2: Fold about half an inch of the bottom of the tissue up. Then fan-fold the next half inch to the back. Keep fan-folding the tissue until it is completely folded.
Step 3: Once you have the tissue folded into what looks like a long strip, fold it again, this time matching the short ends to each other -- it will have a single bend in the centre.

Step 4: Take a twelve inch piece of wire and tightly bind the centre of the strip.
Step 5: Cut the folded end. Begin to peel the layers of tissue, opening the flower to form a fluffy, round blossom.
Step 6: Wrap the very bottom of the flower (where the wire holds the tissue) and the wire a separate thin strand of tissue.
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