When my sister’s father-in-law grew a bumper crop of gourds, he needed to find an outlet for them. I was happy to take some. I like to weave with different materials and was anxious to try my hand weaving on gourds.
Sometimes I follow traditional styles of working with gourds. I cut the tops off, stain the bases, and I rim the top with pine needles.
Sometimes I add other natural materials such as walnut slices or drift wood.
In addition to rimming the gourds with pine needles, I use round reed to weave a basket-like collar around the top of the gourd. I also like to add bold color with stains for the gourds and dyed reed.
What do you think?