Turn over a new sheaf with this traditional harvest custom
1 This basic neck or sheaf dolly, needs undamaged, hollow straw. Any straw will do (wheat is the most popular), even art straws work for practice.
2 Dampen straw to make pliable.
3 Tie together a bundle of waste stems to make a pencil-width core.
4 Tie five straws of a similar width around the core as close to the wheat heads as possible. Bend each stem at right angles so one head points in each direction - think of compass points; the fifth straw should point just to your left.
5 Take the fifth stem and bend it up, before bending it right over the next two compass points.
6 Turn a quarter clockwise and repeat the process, using the new ‘South’ straw.
7 Repeat, turning a quarter each time to build up the circle. If a straw breaks, slide a new one over the broken end.
8 Tie the ends of the finished shape with straw or ribbon.