Willow ball fundraiser
Some of those pesky willows that abound in the Clutha District are going to be whipped into shape this weekend.
The Stirling Hall committee is holding willow ball-making workshops to raise funds for maintenance on their historic building in South Otago.
It was the perfect time of year to harvest willow saplings while they were supple enough to be bent and manipulated into hoop shapes, committee member and floral artist Allison Dempster said.
‘‘The other thing is there’s no foliage on them, so you don’t strip them.’’
These workshops have been held before, with great success, she said.
‘‘It’s achievable for people because they can take home what they’ve made.’’
The ball shape is created by making a series of circles, which nest within and overlap each other.
Willow balls were versatile art works, because they could be made into any size, for indoors or outdoors, as hanging stationary objects, she said.
The biggest willow ball Dempster can remember making had to be transported by trailer to a floral art event in Queenstown a few years ago
‘‘You could climb inside it.’’ For this weekend’s workshops, people need to bring gloves, secateurs and their lunch.
Materials will be provided. Sessions cost $20 and run from 10am to 3pm.
For more information contact Allison Dempster 03 418 2323. or