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.

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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. It is ideally aimed at participants with some experience of working with straw but it may be possible for beginners to participate (please call us to discuss).

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 enquiries@coam.co.uk or call 01494 875 542 with any enquiries, or if you would like to book.

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Corn Dolly Workshop

A new 2017 addition to our Working with Straw experience days. If you have some experience of working with straw you might like to develop your skills in this workshop. It is ideally aimed at participants with some experience of working with straw but it may be possible for beginners to participate (please call us to discuss).

During the day there will be a variety of projects to choose from, for example a Welsh Fan, and rustic plait dragonfly.

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

Please email enquiries@coam.co.uk or call 01494 875 542 with any enquiries, or if you would like to book.

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Included in all working with straw experience days

  • 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.

C hristmas straw workshop

Christmas Working with Straw Workshop

A new 2017 addition to our Working with Straw experience days

If you have some experience of working with straw you might like to come and make a variety of Christmas items such as angels, tree decorations and stars.

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

Please email enquiries@coam.co.uk or call 01494 875 542 with any enquiries, or if you would like to book.

Prices

Working with Straw Workshop £35 per person or £60 for two, when booked together.  Buy Gift Experience Vouchers online using the link below.

Spiral Workshop – £40 per person or £70 for two, when booked together.  Please telephone 01494 875542 to buy your voucher and book.

Corn Dolly Workshop – £40 per person or £70 for two, when booked together.  Please telephone 01494 875542 to buy your voucher and book.

Christmas Workshop – £40 per person or £70 for two, when booked together.  Please telephone 01494 875542 to buy your voucher and book.

You can buy Gift Experience Vouchers for our 2017 season in our online shop

Terms and Conditions

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