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Getting Acquainted with Wheat Weaving
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 00:42
This wheat spiral has been on my tree over 35 years and the star and snowflake almost that long. OUCH!;
My eyes and heart fell in love with wheat weaving a long time ago. So...this past Spring I decided that now that I have the whole internet world at my finger tips, I would learn more about it and maybe try my hand at making a few simple ornaments. And here are two of them.
And here is another. Objects and decorations have been made from wheat since the earliest human communities, and were associated with prosperty and fertility. Read more about wheat weaving on Wikipedia and on the World Wide Wheat Weavers site. And see photos of several examples of beautiful straw projects by Grethe Jensen here. Get a cup of cocoa or coffee and visit the World Wide Wheat Weavers Gallery, and spend some time wandering. Be sure not to miss Atie Nijenhuis-Britting who was a weaver from the Netherlands, Judy Laird's Straw Angels, Donna Hall's Nutcracker and Angel, and visit Martha and Marie Voth, wheat weaving twins who recreate historical buildings with wheat. Like I said - a cup of cocoa! Maybe two!
These lovlies were made by wheat weaver Dale Scott. I ordered them last Spring for my tree this Christmas, but I have had them on display since the day they arrived on my door step. I couldn't bear to put them away. Dale offers christmas ornaments, woven hearts, and woven crosses for sale on her site. Her pricing is very fair and her work is beautiful.
Blackbeards offers complete kits like these that have everything you will need - wheat, floss, ribbon and embellishments. They are easy and fun, and you get enough wheat to make several. Great Christmas gifts! You can even get how-to books on the site to get your creative juices stirred up.
Scandinavian countries form wheat into animals or other shapes to use as holiday decorations. I have no idea why, but I get a huge kick out of the Swedish Yule Goats. And here is a story at Wikipedia about a giant yule goat made in Sweden every year. Actually, there are two constructed each year and one of them is 47 feet high.!
And finally, this snowflake I found at IKEA last year. If you have one near you, they usually carry a few straw ornaments this time of year. Visit soon because the supply sells out early in the season.
I hope you are inspired to include wheat weaving in some way in your holiday celebrations this year and for years to come. Happy Jule.