Straw Art at PantheaCon

Welsh Fan, Love/Harvest Knot, Brigit's Cross

Welsh Fan (top) , Harvest Knot (right), Brigit's Cross (left)

The Woven Circle will be teaching two traditional wheat weaving classes at the 2011 PantheaCon. The Woven Circle is made up of talented artists who travel to San Jose each year to share their enjoyment of straw art with the Pagan community at PantheaCon.

There will be a beginning class “Introduction to Wheat Weaving” on Saturday. This class focuses on beginning weavings techniques along with straw preparation and sources on books, materials, and local groups. In this class, each student will make at least two weaving: a Bridget’s Cross and Harvest Knot to bring home. All materials and supplies are provided.

We will be teaching an intermediate class “Intermediate Wheat Weaving” on Sunday for those of you who have taken wheat weaving classes and advance hand crafters. This class focuses on intermediate weaving techniques. In this class, each student will make a Welsh Fan using a locking technique and hair braid for a hanger. All materials and supplies are provided.

The Woven Circle (Angela, Carol and William) is dedicated to teaching arts and crafts as part of our service to the community. Angela is an eclectic Pagan writer and has taught crafts for 20 years. Carol is a bead and fiber artist, who has taught for crafts guilds, both local and regional. William (author of A Pagan Humanist blog) has been part of the Pagan community for over 30 years and had been teaching wheat weaving for over 15 years.

Resources for Straw Art

You can buy straw from Black Beard in North Dakota (from Dennis and Sharon Hanson). Also, you can find wheat at Frank’s Cane & Rush Supply (7252 Heil Ave. Huntington Beach, CA 92647 – (714) 847-0707). Both good place, and good people, to buy from.

We recommend two books (yes there are more books but this should start you out just fine):

  • The Book of Wheat Weaving and Straw Craft: from simple plaits to exquisite designs. Morgyn Geoffry Owens-Celli. 1997
  • Wheat Weaving Plaits & Projects: A Beginner’s Book. Edited by Nan Rohan. Published by The California Wheat Weavers Guild

The American Museum of Straw Art host a spectacular collection of straw art from the US and around the world.

Also, there is Wheat Goddesses, which is Cora’s web site about where she will be at. Her work is amazing and if you get a chance, please stop by one of her shows to see all the straw art.

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About William Blumberg

I engage in religious philosophy within a Pagan context. I serve on the Board of Directors of Cherry Hill Seminary and the Conference on Current Pagan Studies.
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6 Responses to Straw Art at PantheaCon

  1. Nubia Jerich says:

    I really love hair braids because they look very elegant and classic. I used to do some herringbone hair braids a couple of months ago. :.,;’

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  2. Christopher Cook says:

    I had a great time at the intermediate. A lot of people complimented me on my fan. It just tooke me…a few tries to get started. 😛

  3. Another great class with lots of creative people. I love teaching at PantheaCon.

  4. Angela says:

    I am looking forward to teaching with you and Carol again this year.

    I find making crafts, both for personal use, gifting or giving as you prefer, altar decorations and magical work, is very fulfilling to me. I believe pagans should be able to create some, if not all, of their altar goods and magical items because this increases the potentency of their work because it focuses intent and connects us to our work on a deeper level. Creating our own crafts keeps arts and crafts from dying out or being forgotten and develop skills that can be used in other areas of our lives. Plus, crafting in a group environment builds a sense of community and is something we can share with our loved ones. Gifting or giving of something we made with our own hands tells the receiver how much we can and think of them, how important they are to us.

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