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From: Saffire (SAFFIREM)7/30/03 2:17 PM 
To: All  (1 of 3) 
DH cut out a bunch of "weeds" around our compost bin a couple of evenings ago. It was a tangle of wild raspberry, grapevine and other assorted things. It WAS getting awfully hard to reach the bin without thorns cutting us up so I didn't complain and we did get to enjoy some wild raspberries anyway, so as not to let much go to waste, I seperated out the grapevine and wove some wreathes out of them. 3 door sized ones and 2 little 'baby' sized ones. I've done this before but can NOT for the life of me remember how to properly dry them without them getting mildewy/moldy in the humidity. I know if I hang them while still green they'll bow and right now they're 'just right'.

So anyone have any drying tips for grapevine wreathes without stretching, warping, spoiling or otherwise ruining them?

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From: Angel_of_Death (ShadowWolf33)7/31/03 10:24 AM 
To: Saffire (SAFFIREM)  (2 of 3) 
 8569.2 in reply to 8569.1 
Well I am still looking around for you. So far I found this. To make the vine wreath, scout for muscadine grapevines in the woods. Wind and wrap the fresh vine in a circle, and leave tendrils for texture and interest. The wreath will dry hard and last for years. The grapevine wreath is handsome on its own, but you easily can add or subtract ornamentation such as dried flowers, seed pods, berry-laden boughs or ribbon. Often these elements can be woven into the wreath, eliminating the need for a hot-glue gun.

You can shape the vines by wrapping them around nails for an interesting pattern (draw a pattern and then place nails into a sturdy board in that pattern.) You can reshape dried vines simply by soaking them until they are pliable. Bend them into any shape you desire, secure them well and let them dry in that shape.

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From: Saffire (SAFFIREM)7/31/03 10:37 AM 
To: Angel_of_Death (ShadowWolf33)  (3 of 3) 
 8569.3 in reply to 8569.2 
Hmmm.. so "let them dry" works I suppose.. they are a lot less green today and are holding their shapes well so far and so far no untangling of the weave wrapping.

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