Making Corn Dollies & Christmas decorations from locally grown flax and touch on the history
Dollies and Decorations Workshop
Saturday 2nd December at Mamm Cafe on Crocadon Farm. 15.30-18.00
In this workshop you will learn how to make Corn Dollies and Christmas decorations from locally grown flax and touch on the wonderful history and folklore of corn dolly making. Participants will be instructed in how to make traditional dollies out of flax straw such as the Cat’s Paw, Gentleman’s Favour and the beautiful Welsh Fan. These decorative straw works can be embellished with ribbons or left plain. Join us in this relaxed, friendly workshop and learn an endangered heritage craft.
Vicky Putler runs Flax Project CIC which aims to revive the flax industry in South West Britain and bring linen production to the Tamar Valley and Plymouth, linking the city to the surrounding countryside, providing sustainable and long term employment and training opportunities. The aim is to create a non-polluting, low carbon supply chain from field to fabric. Slow farming, small farming.
They grow flax in Cornwall and run a nature and creativity based educational programme suitable for all ages and abilities from their workshop at The Plot, Plymouth. They also have volunteering opportunities at their field in the Tamar Valley and run projects with community groups and workshops and events in partnership with other organisations.