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 – Beginners

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

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Working with Straw – Plait and Chat Workshop – New for 2018

If you have experience of working with straw you might like to practice and develop your skills in this workshop.

A choice of new projects will be available during the day, including an opportunity to develop skills learned on the introductory experience day by trying a more complex plait design and learning to make decorative leaves and flowers to enhance your work

This workshop is not suitable for beginners.

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

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