Working with Straw

An introduction to the ancient craft of making corn dolls and decorative items

Corn Dollies

Length of workshop: 10.30am-3.30pm

Minimum age: 16
Number of participants: 5

‘Working with Straw': a course designed for beginners as an introduction into the art of corn dolly making.

During the course there will be the opportunity to learn a little of the history of straw craft from its role in pagan times, the hat trade, through to the decorative uses of today. You will learn how to prepare the old variety of wheat straw that will be used during the day, and a variety of different plaits and techniques, using them to create different designs, for example: a Countryman’s Favour, heart and 5-straw flat plait, together with ideas of how to decorate them. No previous experience is necessary.

There will be a short lunch break, please bring a packed lunch or you can purchase a light lunch from our Tea Room.

Lots of corn dollies

NEW for 2016 Working with Straw – Spiral Plaiting

If you have been on the Working with Straw beginner’s course you might like to develop your skills in spiral work by coming on this further course.

During the course you will learn how to create different designs of spiral plaits on a core. They will include decorative pieces, a horse shoe and a traditional ‘neck’.

Please email or call 01494 875 542 for Spiral Plaiting dates and availability.


Included in your experience

  • Tuition from our friendly and experienced course leader
  • All equipment and materials
  • Tea and coffee
  • Participants can take home everything that they have made on the day.


Working with Straw Workshop £35 per person or £60 for two, when booked together.

Spiral Workshop – For those that have attended our ‘Working with Straw’ workshop £40 per person.

You can buy Gift Experience Vouchers for our 2016 season in our online shop

Current beginners experience day availability:
Dates will be available in early 2017.

Terms and Conditions

corn doly with blue ribbon