March in Philadelphia means the Philadelphia Flower Show and “Bouquets in Motion”, the exciting floral design workshops run by Jane Godshalk and Cres Motzi. These talented teachers and their workshop have a devoted following. The idea for today’s post on pick-up sticks comes directly from attending the workshop last March.
These chartreuse fiber sticks are 26” long and come in a variety of colors. The wholesale source Accent Décor has them www.accentdecor.com. The rest of us can go to save-on-crafts but sadly they do not have the same variety of colors. http://www.save-on-crafts.com/fibersticks4.html
Cable ties in a variety of lengths are available at most hardware stores. Home Depot has this colorful selection above as well as single packs of white and black. For more colors and more sizes, the web is the place to find them.
These fibrous sticks, ha-ha pun intended, are best sawn with this ARS folding saw available on Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/ARS-Pruning-Folding-Turbocut-SA-GR17/dp/B0009XAHL0 This Japanese saw works with a pulling motion, rather than an away motion like US saws. It will cut tough bamboo with ease. I’ve made a rough triangle of the sticks, attaching them with the cable ties in a similar color.
The cable ties slip together with the bent end fitting into the flat side of the other end, once the end is through it will grab and hold. You can make it tighter but not loosen it. The ‘tails’ can be clipped or not – your choice. I’ve balanced the sticks on top of a smoky glass vase and begun to add more sticks.
Save-on-Crafts also sells a 28” long jute stick that is more delicate with a quarter-inch diameter. It is a nice dark purple not the almost hot pink it looks here, and it cuts easily with flower clippers.