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Swannanoa
NC

Straws of wheat and other grains have been twisted into fancy shapes for at least as long as there has been agriculture. Woven patterns have been passed from hand to hand for centuries, and with them, stories shared. Stories of the vital place the weavings held in the farmers' homes. The weavings were used for seed saving, seed sharing, and to hold safe the "spirit of the grain" within the intricate patterns, until spring came and planting began anew. Hung as adornment inside houses, the straw weavings helped people keep the faith in nature's bounty, to trust the family would not go hungry. Today our grain rarely reaches us with the straws intact. We may not feel the threat of starvation, but maybe a disconnection from the actual plants that sustain us. When I weave, a connection is revitalized: with our ancestors, with nature, and with the spirit of the grain.

Crafts by Katherine Caldwell view all

  • traditional crafts, woven wheat into harp shape symbolizing magic

    Wheat “Fairy Harp”

    $40.00
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  • wheat cross, handmade woven wheat cross, traditional crafts

    Spiral Wheat Cross

    $72.00
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  • rustic pattern woven wheat barrett

    Rustic Woven Wheat Barrettes

    $13.00
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  • herringbone woven wheat barrette

    Herringbone Woven Wheat Barrettes

    $13.00
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  • traditional cross, wheat cross, harvest cross, traditional appalachian crafts

    “Rachel” Wheat Cross

    $82.00
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  • simple handmade wheat cross house blessing

    “Brigid’s Cross” – Woven Wheat

    $19.50
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