I was hiking amongst the trees just below the alpine and noticed tons of long tree lichen and decided to harvest some.
I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to use it, but the idea was to incorporate it somehow into my basket weaving.
I used a rubber mat and hand roved it just like I did with my raw wool.
Attaching pieces to make a long rove was pretty easy as the lichen has a very fibrous nature. At first I tried to crochet with it, but the roving I made was a little thick, so I decided to weave it into my pine needle baskets as I do with colourful yarn.
The dark green of the lichen and the light brown of the pine needles worked very well together!
Weaving with lichen, who would have thought?!
I dried the finished basket by the wood stove overnight so that it would be ready to display at our very last farmers market of the season the next day.
A few people managed to see it before it got sold and the great interest spurred me on to make more!
I hope to have a good pile for our big Christmas fair coming Sunday 17 November at the Lillooet recreational centre gym. (Admission is by donation for the Lillooet SPCA).
Hair lichen is a nutritious food source for moose, deer, caribou and flying squirrels.
It can also be used for bandages and can be eaten or made into tea.