Saturday, May 30, 2009

Woven Wheat Good Luck Charm DIY

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This good luck charm brings a little bit of nature into your home.

It's a small composition made of natural materials that requires a certain knack. You'll need 24 stalks of wheat that combine to represent the 12 months of the year.

Originally, it was customary at the end of the harvest to weave a bouquet with the last stalks that remained in the fields. This was saved until the next harvest as a good luck charm.


Supplies

Materials

  • 24 stalks of wheat
    • preferably picked about 3 weeks before the harvest so that the grains won't fall off
    • of uniform and open appearance, with stalks of the same diameter and length (at least 25 cm/9-7/8 inches long)
  • Some raffia strands

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  • Cut the stalks above the highest knot and remove the sheath by sliding it off the length of the stalk.

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  • Take a piece of stalk measuring 10 cm (3-15/16 inch) to serve as a support. Make a loop with the raffia in the center to serve as a fastener.

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1st stalk of wheat

  • Put the 1st stalk of wheat in front of the support stick, upside down, to the right of the raffia knot, so that you have 10 cm (3-15/16 inch) between the head of wheat and the stick.

  • Fold the straw around the stick. Make it come around the back to the right, then fold it in front to the left. Secure it along the length of the stick.

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2nd stalk of wheat

  • Place the 2nd stalk at the back of the stick, to the left of the raffia knot.

  • Fold the straw around the stick.

  • Make it come in front on the left, then fold it around the back to the right.

Rest of the stalks

  • Continue the work symmetrically on each site of the raffia knot.

  • Repeat the above steps, alternating sides, through the 8th stalk.

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9th stalk of wheat

  • The 9th stalk is worked in to the right, upside down, between the 2nd and 3rd stalks parallel to the stick.

  • Fold it around the back, bring it around the front, then fold it to the left.

10th stalk of wheat

  • The 10th stalk of wheat is worked in to the left in the same way, between the 2nd and 3rd stalks.

  • Fold it around the front, bring it to the back, then fold it to the right.

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Final stalks

  • Repeat the above steps, alternating the sides, through the 16th stalk.

  • Work in the rest of the stalks in the same manner, starting between the 6th and 7th stlaks parallel to the stick and weave them in, through the last stalk. Knot each side of the last stalk with some raffia to hold the project together.

  • Cut each side, leaving 5 mm (1/16 inch), of the first 2 stalks of the first level, then the 3 following of the second level, and then the last ones.

  • Arrange the wheat heads in the pattern of one on top, one below.

  • Let it dry flat for 2 days.

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