We had our first Outdoor Art Day of the summer at our place this week. (See a summary of last summer's art days here). Inspired by some of the outfits in this book, we decided to make things to wear out of flowers, herbs, leaves and weeds.
Here was our first meadow garden skirt.
The boys liked meadow tunics.
If you would like to make your own meadow garden skirt or tunic, here's how.
First, assemble your supplies. You'll need scissors, an embroidery needle, yarn (ribbon or twine would work well too), and of course, flowers, leaves, herbs, weeds, etc. We found that burdock leaves were sturdy and frilly, and that yarrow, nasturiums and marigolds all worked well for flowers. Dill flowers add a nice sculptural, modern note to your garment!
Leave a fairly long stem on all leaves and flowers, so you have something to work with. You can always trim them later. If any stems are delicate, you might also want floral wire.
Second, lay out the leaves you have selected according to how they will be strung onto the yarn. I layered a hosta leaf on top of each burdock leaf, and then alternated those with some long weedy leaf that I found in my meadow.
To string them on the yarn, pierce the stem with the embroidery needle.
You have a couple options for attaching flowers. Some can simply be draped over the top of the yarn. Others can be wired on, with floral wire or a twist tie. Or you can pierce holes in the tops of the leaves with your embroidery needle and gently push the flower stem through--that's what I did for most of the flowers pictured above.
When you are satisfied with the arrangement and quantity of blooms, simply tie on the skirt (or tunic), and enjoy!