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Nature Inspires: Origami Birch Bark Ornaments

AMBOY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County’s Nature Inspires series continues on November 6 at 1 p.m. with a fascinating and fun class which culminates in the creation of a three-dimensional, eight-pointed star, made of birch bark.

Barbara Boughton will speak at Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center about the history and cultural importance of the birch, the Mother Tree, across Siberia, Scandinavia and North America, as well as functional uses across history, with many examples of historical reproductions woven by Vladimir Yarish, PhD, of Veliky, Novgorod, Russia.

Class attendees will then learn to weave a three-dimensional, eight-pointed star, using four long strips of birch bark harvested by hand from trees in Boughton’s forest.

Finished stars may be strung as ornaments, or mounted on wire and a base for a tabletop display.

Boughton will also teach how to make several birch bark beads, woven with 1/4″ wide strips. These beads, as well as glass trade-beads, and numerous other choices, may be incorporated in the star ornament. Additional kits will be available for purchase to complete at home.

The program fee for this artistic workshop is $4 per person plus a $25 materials fee which includes birch bark strips for stars and beads, and choices of embellishments from a large selection of glass trade beads from pow-wows, crystals, shells, semi-precious stones, and numerous others.

Participants should bring their own lunch and beverages.

Registration, including payment of the $29 in advance, is required as space is limited.

To register for this program, please contact the 4-H Office at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego at 963-7286 before mailing your program fee.

This Nature Inspires series is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

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