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.
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
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.