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Introduction to Straw work one day course

By Oxford Summer School
The Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane West, Littlemore, Oxford, UK

Learn about the humble material of straw and how it can be used to make decorative and functional objects. Straw skills have been practiced for hundreds of years in farming and folk crafts around the world. Straw work and Corn Dolly making are both Red Listed Endangered Crafts after falling out of mainstream practice due to the mechanisation of crop harvesting.

Today, there has been a resurgence in interest as people appreciate the pleasure of working with a natural and sustainable material and the mindful aspect of working with straw. This course is suitable for beginners and those with some previous experience who would like to revisit or improve their skill set.

This course will introduce you to the basics of straw and corn dolly work so you can gain a good understanding of the materials and master a variety of straw work skills. Working with heritage wheat, you will learn how to prepare it and experiment with different plaiting techniques. The aim is to go home with 2 or 3 finished pieces.

£60 per person. There is an additional cost of £10 payable to the tutor on the day.

To book go to www.oxfordshireartandcraft.co.uk