Grass Stalks

Can I weave a basket or something out of ornamental grass stalks? If this is not enough, we have two more clumps in the back yard.

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My neighbor’s tell me that I should as they do and cut my ornamental grass down in the Fall so my yard would look more tidy during the off season. The previous homeowner advised waiting until Spring. I’ve never had patches of grass like this before, so I don’t know. It does look messy, but we have seen a rabbit sitting next to the grass on snowy days. It could be a bunny habitat. They need wintry homes, too. Maybe that rabbit just uses the grass as a quick place to hide from the hawks who nest in a nearby tree. It needs cut and cleaned up soon. I just hate to shove those stalks into a yard waste bin.

I don’t know what I’m doing… the closest I’ve ever come to weaving with natural reeds or anything was when I redid a cane seat on an old chair with purchased supplies. And that was like 40 years ago. So I’ve been searching the Internet for how to instructions. Perhaps I’m using the wrong search terms as every grass basket found so far weaves blades of grass, not these kind of tubular stalk things. They are dry and hard, kind of like reeds, so I’m thinking they will need to be softened enough to work with somehow, imagine soaked in water or something.

Ideas, links, or helpful hints would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

3 thoughts on “Grass Stalks

  1. Yes, they need to be soaked in hot water until pliable before weaving and yes, they can be woven into baskets or hats. Try re-reading the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Seems I recall instructions on how to do that in one of those books.

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