Wheat Weaving – a Creative Way to Use Wheat

We all know that wheat is the main ingredient in flour, which is the main ingredient in bread, which is a staple of the American diet. Wheat feeds this country, but what else can wheat do? The most obvious alternative use of wheat is as a decoration. Yellow stalks of wheat symbolize a bountiful harvest and can add dignity and color to any space. When displayed during the holidays or just throughout the fall, wheat can draw guests into a room or serve as a table’s centerpiece to crown a Thanksgiving feast. You can find some inspiration for your own wheat decorations here.

For the more adventuresome crafter, wheat weaving may be the hobby for you. The art of wheat weaving has been practiced since America’s colonial past. From the National Association of Wheat Weavers (NAWW): “The knowledge and skills of working with straw were brought to America, their new homeland, by immigrant families. From the late 1700s, straw plait and loom-woven straw products were made for the important straw-hat industry on the eastern seaboard of the States. These skills had almost become non-existent by the 1970s. Fortunately, in the 1960s there was a revival of interest in straw art in Great Britain to record, recreate and develop new designs. The work is known as Corn Dollies, corn being the European name designating grain.” More information on the NAWW can be found here.

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