I have an exerpt from a webinar I did in 2017 that shows you how to do this technique below.
Here are the step by step instructions:
- You will need straight lengths of plant material – try different types so you can find one you are comfortable using. Bamboo skewers, palm influorescence, reeds, typha, willow, steel grass etc
- Paper covered wire or wire to blend or highlight your plant material.
- Cut two lengths of wire to be twice the size of your finished mat. Fold in half so you have two strands of the same piece of wire.
- Place your first piece of plant material against the bend in the wire at least 1.5cm (up to 5cm) from the edge of the plant material.
- Pinch the wires together and twist twice.
- Repeat at the other end of your plant material with the second piece of wire.
- Place the next piece of plant material parallel to the first, between the wire strands against the last twist.
- Pinch wires together and twist twice.
- Repeat at other end of plant material.
- Continue working both ends of your plant material in this way until you have reached the requires size for your mat. Twist wires off and cut any excess.
- Trim along edges of plant material is required for uniform finish.
- If you need to join wire during the process, incorporate this into the twisted sections.