I purchased quite a long piece of burlap at one of my thrift store stops last weekend. The remnant was only about 15 inches wide, but was at least 10 feet long.
I washed it. In my washing machine. I dried it. In my drier.
BIG MISTAKE...big, big, big mistake.
I knew it was going to fray and I'd likely have to clean out my drier vent several times during the drier cycle, but Wow! I ended up with a mangled, tangled mess of a ball of frayed burlap.
I painstakingly trimmed the frayed knots of fibers, ironed and trimmed the sides evenly, and shook out clouds of jute dust, until I was left with a 10 inch wide, 9 foot length of clean usable burlap.
Without any forethought of what my finished product might become, I just rode the flow of the creative process.
I pulled a wire hanger out of my husband's dry cleaning bag, bent it into a circular shape, and opened it by untwisting the hook.
I folded the burlap strip in half lengthwise and began to thread the wire through the fold of the burlap.
Once the entire length of burlap was loaded onto the hanger, I closed the wire back up, thinking I'd use the original hook to hang the finished wreath. Because the burlap was a little floppy, I cut the wire hanger a bit smaller to tighten the pack of the burlap.
I then pulled open the two layers of burlap, tissue-paper-flower-style and voila!...
a durable & rugged burlap wreath perfect for hanging outdoors...or in.
All photographs by Paulette Rodriguez.