Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Uva-ursi Flower

by M. J. Joachim
Uva-ursi is best known for its berries. Consequently, not many flower blooms see the light of day. It is a flower shrub, with pinkish-red berries that are used for homeopathic and medicinal purposes. As a shrub, its stems are short. You can use floral foam to make a beautiful uva-ursi plant. Simply cover the floral foam in decorative leaves like this broad leaf crochet pattern and add pretty uva-ursi flowers to accent your new crocheted plant.
Instructions to make 1 Uva-ursi flower
Step 1:  Make 1 white Star Crochet 120512 pattern
Step 2:  Twist together 1 green and 1 white 12 inch piece of pipe cleaner


Step 3:  Insert pipe cleaner through bottom of flower; place light pink bead or shell fragment over white end of pipe cleaner, securing by folding it over the bead
Step 4:  Fold pipe cleaner up to make shorter stem, twisting it together and leaving a few inches of a tail

Step 5:  Take (excess) tail end of pipe cleaner and wrap around base of flower petals securely; open petals to show bloom.
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M. J.
Photo credit:  M. J. Joachim (©2013 All Rights Reserved); Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), Cliff, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
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