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.