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February 25, 2009 > Slow down and play with straw

Slow down and play with straw

Craft lovers can rejoice in this unusual opportunity to find out firsthand why straw is not just for hats or purses...never has been. There is a whole world of creative possibilities to explore. Straw can be spun, crimped, shredded, split, flattened, or dyed - it can be used for so many different things.

The California Wheat Weavers Guild (CWWG), in conjunction with their annual convention, is offering an introductory wheat weaving class at a reduced price followed by a free exhibit of straw art by CWWG members. Both will take place on Saturday, February 28 in Oakland's Jack London Square.

Wheat is the most common grain used for straw work in the U.S. and many other countries. People often fall in love with weaving wheat because it feels good. There is something very centering and peaceful about it. Beginners are pleasantly amazed at the results they achieve. Many appreciate the side benefit of working with an organic material they can grow themselves that is both biodegradable and able to last a lifetime with proper care.

All you need to start wheat weaving is a little manual dexterity. If you can do a simple hair braid or tie a knot, you'll do well. Here's an opportunity to learn something both new and ancient.

To pre-register, contact Pat Hatchel, or Jan Huss at (650) 591-6260 or

Introductory Wheat Weaving
Saturday, February 28
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Jack London Inn
444 Embarcadero West, Oakland
(Corner of Broadway and Embarcadero West)
Cost: $25.00
Pre-registration required

Wheat Exhibit
Saturday February 28
1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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