My third event basket is made from braided Yellow Flag Iris leaves and was woven as a demonstration piece during the Eastside Culture Crawl this past weekend.
The Yellow Flag Iris is an invasive plant, it's beautiful yellow flowers producing a huge number of very fertile seeds that help it spread through local waterways - taking over the habitat of local plants such as Bulrush. The soft pink base of the leaves and the clean white from the inner folds provide interesting colour variations along with pale green, gold, ecru, dark brown and black.
For this basket I pre-soaked the leaves and left them to mellow under a wet towel for the duration of the event. The leaves were plaited into a 5 strand braid, coiled and stitched.