Corn Crafting




Corn Crafting

Crafting with Whole Straws


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A journey begun......

My journey began with a book containing a picture of a pretty decorated spoon......
All that was needed was a spoon, the corn (spotted in a florist window) and some cotton.The straw was plaited into a number of three strand 'hair' plaits and attached to the spoon which was then decorated with pen and ribbons.

Discovering Plaits

Not wishing to be limited to a three strand 'hair' plait, I discovered more. There are literally hundreds of plaiting patterns available, made with 2-11 straws, producing flat, round and zigzag shapes

In rural Britain, straw plaiting was a cottage industry which saw its heyday in eighteenth and nineteenth century . It was mainly practiced by women and children.The plaits were sold to make hats

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Spiral Plaiting

Discovering spiral plaits opens the world of corn dollies, traditional and modern. Shapes steeped in history and folklore.

A simple spiral can be achieved by a beginner in about 2hours and made into a charming ornament.  

Straw, Shapes and Meanings

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A heart for love


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An amulet for protection


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An angel in the house they say, will guard you through out night and day


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A Christian symbol


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A Christmas Star

These beautiful designs are rarely seen in the UK. based in German folklore surrounding the first Christmas 

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A Lucky Horseshoe


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