The above picture is the January kit of the month. I've had people ask, 'How did you make those curls?' 'Are those curlie Q's made from reed?'
Yes, those curls are made from reed. I used 11/64' flat reed and rolled it around a 1/4' dowel rod. Soak the read well first, 15 minutes at least. Then secure the end of the reed to the dowel with a clothespin and just keep wrapping. Secure the other end with a clothespin as well. Let the reed dry completely before removing it from the dowel. You can then pull on the coils slightly to give them a springy look.
Happy Basket Weaving,