Wheat weavings (or corn dollies as they are called in some places) are a very old craft. In days gone by, Celtic farmers used to save the last straws of wheat from the harvest and weave them into intricate designs in hopes of capturing the good luck of the harvest. The grains from these weavings were the first ones planted the following year in hopes of ensuring a bountiful harvest. While the superstitions associated with the tradition have long since passed, the designs are still as beautiful now as they were then.
Although wheat weaving is the common name for the practice, they can be woven from almost any stalk of grain. I often weave mine from rye as I like the longer stems and we generally have it in abundance at our farm. I do traditional wheat weaving patterns as well as several that are of my own design. Below are a few of my past weavings. I also take wheat weaving requests if you have a particular design in mind.