Crafting Corn




Crafting Corn

Whole Straws - plaits

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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.


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

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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 2 hours and made into a charming ornament.  
Why not book a talk or workshop and create or find out more about the folklore of the shapes

Crafting with Flattened Straws


Straws can be split and pressed flat. They can then be mounted onto a backing sheet which can be cut or punched and the parts assembled into simple marquetry projects.  

Once this technique has been masterd it opens the door for projects from cards to pictures, trays to masks and more.
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Straw Splints

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Straw Stars

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.

Straw Fragments

Himmeli

Threading and tying straws to create octahedrons, then combining them into unique shapes is probably an art form in itself.

Any one can learn how to construct these items. They can then be decorated in a variety of ways or joined to create new and interesting shapes

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Learn through history and folklore, create and enjoy straw work.


A selection of 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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A House Blessing of Welsh Origin


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An anchor - a symbol of hope


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A drop dolly - symbol of fertility


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A Green Man mask Symbol of birth and resurrection




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