PantheaCon 2012 Straw Art Classes

The Woven Circle will be teaching two traditional wheat weaving classes at the 2012 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.

Bridget's CrossHarvest Knot

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 weavings: a Bridget’s Cross and Harvest Knot to bring home. All materials and supplies are provided.

Welsh Harp

We will be teaching an intermediate class “Intermediate Wheat Weaving” on Sunday for those of you who have taken wheat weaving classes or are advanced hand crafters. This class focuses on intermediate weaving techniques. In this class, each student will make a Welsh Harp using a locking technique. 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 has 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 are good places, 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 hosts a spectacular collection of straw art from the US and around the world. Also, there is Wheat Goddesses, which is Cora’s web site with her show schedule. Her work is amazing and if you get a chance, please stop by one of her shows to see all the straw art.


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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4 Responses to PantheaCon 2012 Straw Art Classes

  1. Christopher says:

    I was surprised at how rapidly I was able to accomplish the harp this year. It only took one entire redo early on. I heard some discussions of a wish for an advanced class for 2013.

    • Thanks Christopher, I do like the Welsh Harp straw project. As for the 2013, the teaching team is talking about what cool project we can teach. The difficultly with advance project is that most take at least a half day to learn and sometime days to complete. However, some of the other PantheaCon craft teachers want to have a crafting suite which may give us some time for a more advance project.

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