In many of the Nordic countries, wheat is braided into different shapes and patterns for decorating houses and trees at Christmas. Learn about the basic hvetevefting (wheat weaving) materials, straw preparation, and the traditional art of wheat-weaving techniques. You’ll be able to make a collection of ornaments and straw mobiles just in time for the holidays. There will be a small materials fee.
Bev Schrandt, Ossian, Iowa, is a self-taught wheat artist who began learning this folk art in 1976, when her daughter’s second-grade teacher asked parents to share a craft or food for a unit on Norway. Schrandt chose wheat weaving and has demonstrated it to second-graders each year ever since. At Vesterheim she has demonstrated at festivals, and taught folk-art classes and Elderhostels. In addition, she has shared her craft with 4-H groups, adult education classes, and Sons of Norway camps.