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The Book of Wheat Weaving and Straw Craft: From Simple Plaits to Exquisite Designs Hardcover – March, 1997
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In addition to its practical uses, most notably as hat or mat material, wheat straw has been woven into folk figures to celebrate the harvest since ancient times. These abstract figures, usually with the grain heads still attached, are the basis of the projects in this book. Wheat stems are woven into wall or door decorations using macrame techniques. The simpler ones may also be hung outdoors as an offering for the birds. A "preparations" chapter discusses the different kinds of grain that may be used and supplies needed for the work. The projects that follow are inspired by designs from many countries and have step-by-step instructions with excellent color photographs of the finished items. This is a good addition to a nature crafts collection.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This is another great book on ancient crafts from Lark Books, it has beautiful color photos showing the designs in all their glory. Very clear instructions with line drawings to guide even the novice on their way to a very rewarding craft experience, highlight the text. A history of the craft is well written and interesting to any level of crafter. Owens-Celli is the director and curator of the American Museum of Straw Art and shows his enthusiasm for straw weaving on every page of the book. This book should be in the library of any person from 10 to 110, if they enjoy a challenge with their hands. The source list will be a great help to find the necessary straw to work with; the other supplies listed you probably already have in your house. Personally I was quite interested in some of the braids and how to make them, as I had seen similar work on woven mats dug up in the Southwest at several sites. A great gift to purchase for yourself and your favorite crafter or history buff. -- From Independent Publisher
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The only criticism I have is that there are not quite enough different easy projects to really give the novice enough practice to do the more complicated designs. But there is no reason why the novice can't do an easy project several times, to improve his/her technique.