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. Learn more with a talk/workshop
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 2 hours and made into a charming ornament.
Why not book a talk or workshop and create or find out more about the folk lore of the shapes
I love making these delicate stars from splints. It's addictive. The combinations are limitless.
The materials and instructions are hard to obtain in this country. I am willing to teach this craft using my own, home made formers just as families traditionally did.