Learn to weave your own wheat ornaments for harvest times.
This is a hands-on workshop under the direction of traditional wheat-weaver and folk artist, Brian Jones, of Vancouver.
Saturday, September 21
At my home in Victoria, BC
(address provided upon registration)
We will be weaving wheat into ornaments known as “corn dollies” or “corn mothers”, hollowed shapes made from the last sheaf of wheat or cereal crop in which the spirit of the grain will live throughout the winter. Wheat weaving is a popular harvest time tradition around the world, with many designs brought to Canada by immigrants from Great Britain, Scandinavia, and the Ukraine.
Mabon (the Autumn Equinox) is the second of three harvest festivals. This is the time when we have bountiful foods, but plants are going to seed and the soil is becoming dormant. We honour the balance of light and dark, give thanks for blessings received, and ask our ancestors for protection through the darkening days. It is a time of feasting, toasting, singing, blessing, preserving and sharing.
Around midday, we’ll share a festive, autumnal ploughman’s lunch. The buffet will look something like:
locally made breads (GF included)
roasted acorn squash soup
several varieties of local and international cheeses with apples, pears and hazelnuts
paté, both meat and veggie options
a variety of local charcuterie
homemade fermented pickles, mustards and condiments
hand-raised pork pie or harvest vegetable pot pie
locally grown spring mix and flower blossom salad
maple bourbon cream pie
Espresso-based coffees will be provided throughout the day as well as a wide selection of Silk Road teas, and wine will be served with lunch. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with at least two weeks’ notice.
Eight people maximum.
We will have a small table set up with an altar. You are welcome to bring something to place there (which you can take home with you – no need to leave gifts). You may want to bring a photo of a beloved ancestor, an icon or statuette, some flowers or vegetables or grains – whatever speaks to you of abundance, gratitude, love, protection or the old ways.
More about Brian…
Born and raised in the border lands between England and Wales on a small family traditional farm, Brian learned in his teen years to make the corn dollies that are part of the wheat weaving tradition based on the archaic harvest rituals of that area. Brian worked with his Dad on a variety of weaving initiatives to conserve and promote the art of the welsh wheat weaver during the 1970s when there was a revival of folk music, dance and art in that area. 44 years in a unique rural community gave him a love of traditional folk arts and the desire to contribute to community involvement using his accumulated skills.