We have a lot of summer birthdays in the family, and a combined four children under the age of eight, and so I've been making a few little knick-knacks for the occasion. These little fairies are made of corn husks, which has become one of my favourite materials of late. It is so supple and so gentle in my hands, so playful. These figures require only dried corn husk and a little bit of fine yarn or heavy thread to make. I like to dry the corn husks quickly, spreading them out in the sun to be sure they don't start mouldering or get spots. The rope-like arms and legs add some visual interest and structural stability, and since they tend to curve to varying degrees depending on tension, they help to add individual character to each figure.
This basket also has a core inside its rim. I can't find any willow around here so I used a branch of a flexible vine-maple-like tree that's growing near the driveway.