Straw Artists

Photo: Straw art.
From the fields of Scandinavia to the flat lands of Russia, from the vales of Europe to the prairies of the United States, straw crafts and wheat waving have long been traditional and artistic parts of many cultures.

For some a religious aspect was applied to show thankfulness at the end of harvest. Celebrations included church services, festivals and the making of decorations from the crop.

Others used straw art to honor births, marriages, graduations, and remembrances of departed loved ones. Practical reasons also found Kansans making straw hats for summer wear, baskets for gathering, and twisting straw rope to bundle the wheat sheaves at harvest time.

Today finds our straw crafters and artists creating for many of these reasons. We use traditional patterns, find pleasure in variations, and draw upon our creative talents to create new designs and contemporary art. Many of these artists are members of the National Association of Wheat Weavers.

Photo: Straw art.
Gladys Brockway
Hearts, Windmills and Floral Designs

Dianne Gardner
North Central Kansas
Dolls, Wall Hangings, Bundled Wheat    

Felice Goering
Central Kansas
Wheat Weavings, Jewelry such as pins, necklace, and earrings

Donna Morgenstern
Central Kansas
Straw sculptures and wall hangings    

Rita Peterman
McPherson Kansas
Dolls, wall hangings and floral designs

Photo: Straw art.
Marian Vavra
South Central Kansas
Straw Art such as Wall Hangings, Ornaments, Crosses

Peggy Willcut
South Central Kansas
Wheat Weavings