Kathy Reid's Profile

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I have been wheat weaving for about 30 years, since I saw a picture on the cover of a craft magazine. I fell in love!

Through the article in the mag, I found the National Association of Wheat Weavers, then later the California Wheat Weavers Guild, and growers who grow a portion of their crop for weavers and floral artists.

Once I gained confidence I started selling at craft shows, and in galleries and gift shops. At one local shop I've sold over 2500 individual pieces.

The quetions most often asked about my weaving are:
Do you grow your own wheat? Nope, I order it from North Dakota.

How did you learn to do that? I am mostly self taught, starting with that first magazine article, but mostly using a book that I call my wheat…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 2
  • Joined December 14, 2008

Favorite materials

Plant fiber, twigs, cane, reed, but mostly wheat straw

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About

I have been wheat weaving for about 30 years, since I saw a picture on the cover of a craft magazine. I fell in love!

Through the article in the mag, I found the National Association of Wheat Weavers, then later the California Wheat Weavers Guild, and growers who grow a portion of their crop for weavers and floral artists.

Once I gained confidence I started selling at craft shows, and in galleries and gift shops. At one local shop I've sold over 2500 individual pieces.

The quetions most often asked about my weaving are:
Do you grow your own wheat? Nope, I order it from North Dakota.

How did you learn to do that? I am mostly self taught, starting with that first magazine article, but mostly using a book that I call my wheat weaving bible, "The Complete Book of Straw Craft and Corn Dollies" by Doris Johnson and Alec Coker. I've also taken classes at our guild conventions.

How do you bend the straw without breaking it? Soak it. My favorite black bearded durum needs to soak three or four hours before weaving. The wheat is also harvested a couple of weeks earlier than it would be for consumption, so that the heads are not so fragile.

I weave variations of many of the ancient harvest designs, and design my own original pieces, usually based on different cultural myths and legends. I will be teaching one of my designs at our state convention this year in Feb.

By wheat weaving I feel connected to civilizations ancient roots in agriculture.

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