Bonnie - my beautiful wheat weaving teacher.
Roberta's Wheat Weaving Bio:
I was first introduced to wheat weaving in 1996.
We were just ready to begin teaching a weekend of herbal classes at Sage Mountain in Vermont, when a wheat weaver from Southern California showed up in an old, white, Toyota pick up truck with a full size harp in the back. She stepped out of the truck dressed in full Renaissance costume.
She had just driven from Southern California to celebrate her 40th birthday on the East Coast, and to deliver two Renaissance costumes to Rosemary Gladstar, owner of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center.
She stayed the entire weekend, and insisted on teaching me how to weave wheat. It was like meeting a sister from another century. We were instant friends!
I found a book on wheat weaving printed that same year, and taught myself how to weave more elaborate pieces. A local farmer grew wheat for me and I harvested it with a Scythe and dried it in my home. I was in heaven. Using ancient weaving techniques, I wove traditional designs and eventually began creating my own.
Weaving wheat is a meditative experience. It allows me to be creative and spontaneous, as well as detail oriented in the production of my pieces. I love that I am engaging in an art form that is ancient and cross-cultural. I can’t help but feel connected in a very deep way to those who have woven long before me.
Over the past twenty years I have taught wheat weaving to young children in the school system, to large groups of adults at conferences and every type of group and number of people in between.
My passion is to pass on this ancient tradition, which so easily and deeply connects us with the earth.