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Monday, 26 March 2012
Wheat Weaving Braided Heart
needed for this wheat weaving project:
10 matched straws with
seed heads attached.
3 matched straws with or
without heads (to make a braided top loop hanger, not shown in
Waxed string for making
the ties (dental floss works).
A 12" by 12"
piece of cardboard or styro-foam for a "pinning board" for
shaping and drying the project.
Select 13 similar straws
(diameter and seedhead appearance).
Trim straws just above the
first joint (node) and slip off the leaves.
Soak these straws in hot
tap water for about an hour until they feel "bouncy and
flexible" (weigh them down to keep them from floating during
If straws crack when you
try to bend them, let them soak longer.
To take a short break once
you start the project, keep straws wet by wrapping them in a damp towel.
Tie together 10 straws
about one-quarter inch below the heads.
Separate so that you have
3 straws on the left, 3 on the right and 4 in the middle.
Tie the 4 straws in the
center at a point 3" from the first tie (away from the heads).
Braid (just like braiding
hair) each set of 3 straws for at least 6" and tie off (make both
the same length).
Form a heart by bringing
the ends of the two braids to the 4 center straws at the tie made in
Make sure there are no
twists in the braids.
Tie the 2 braids to the 4
central straws at the tie made in step #3.
Using 3 more straws with
or without heads make another 6" braid (not shown).
Form a loop with the braid
you just made and tie it at the step #3 tie location (not shown).
Wet the figure and pin it
to a piece of cardboard so it can dry to its final shape (not shown).