The Guild of Straw Craftsmen - Events, Exhibitions and Courses in 2019

A dove in marquetry

"Dove"
Worked by John Brooks
from a design by Peter Shelley.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information in this page is correct, the Guild of Straw Craftsmen cannot be held responsible for any errors that occur.
We will try to make sure that we attend the event or fair but unforeseen circumstances may force us to cancel an appearance at short notice.

Events, Exhibitions and Courses

This page contains information about where you can see the Guild in action and learn about straw crafts. Our courses are suitable for both beginners and the more advanced straw worker. Some of the students who came to the beginners’ course just to “have a go” have now become regulars of the advanced courses.

wind chimes made from seven straw plaits

These wind chimes were made by one of our junior members at one of the Duns Tew workshops.

Exhibitions.

Mask

John Barleycorn Must Die

New Brewery Arts,
Cirencester,
Gloucestershire GL7 1JH

Saturday 15th June-Sunday 25th Aug 2019
open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm

The exhibition brings together a collection of work by artist Matt Rowe and accompanying research materials gathered in collaboration with curator Laura Mansfield. The artefacts and artworks reflect upon the story and tradition of John Barleycorn. Appearing in a 17th Century English folk song of the same name, John Barleycorn is the personification of barley and its associated food and drink. The lyrics detail the lifecycle of barley from grain to harvest to bread and beer and the seemingly indestructible spirit of the crop. Meeting, socialising and working with individuals in the locality of New Brewery Arts Matt has developed a number of collaborative works which re-consider the John Barleycorn myth and its resonance within contemporary Cirencester.

As part of the exhibition there will be corn dolly workshops, and Richard Baddily, Carol Partridge, Antony Gay and Members of The Guild of Straw Craftsmen have loaned examples of traditional corn dollies for display within the exhibition.

For more details vist the New Brewery Arts web site.

Important Note:If you have a SAT NAV use postcode GL7 1HW for directions.

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picture of corn dollys

The Maiden, The Neck and The Mare – Harvest Traditions and Beliefs

Weald & Downland Living Museum,
Singleton,
Chichester PO18 0EU

Monday 14 October to Monday 20 January 2019
open daily 10:3am-4pm

Exploring the art, traditions and beliefs associated with corn dollies featuring original examples and contemporary artist’s interpretations.
We will have demonstrations of corn dolly making on set days throughout the exhibition.

Project in collaboration with the Museum of British Folklore

More details vist the Weald & Downland Living Museum web site.

Courses run by the Guild.

Date Location Details
Saturday 6th
April '19

9:30 for 10:00

King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall
Astrop Road
King’s Sutton
Oxfordshire OX17 3PG

Click for a map of how to get to Kings Sutton.

£15.00 for Non-members £7.00 for Members.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Dorothy Seedhouse,
Antony Gay
Saturday 6th
July '19

9:30 for 10:00

King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall
Astrop Road
King’s Sutton
Oxfordshire OX17 3PG

Click for a map of how to get to Kings Sutton.

£15.00 for Non-members £7.00 for Members.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Dorothy Seedhouse,
Antony Gay
Saturday 5th
October '19

9:30 for 10:00

King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall
Astrop Road
King’s Sutton
Oxfordshire OX17 3PG

Click for a map of how to get to Kings Sutton.

£15.00 for Non-members £7.00 for Members.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Dorothy Seedhouse,
Antony Gay
Saturday 28th
March '20

9:30 for 10:00

King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall
Astrop Road
King’s Sutton
Oxfordshire OX17 3PG

Click for a map of how to get to Kings Sutton.

£15.00 for Non-members £7.00 for Members.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Dorothy Seedhouse,
Antony Gay
Saturday 4th
July '20

9:30 for 10:00

King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall
Astrop Road
King’s Sutton
Oxfordshire OX17 3PG

Click for a map of how to get to Kings Sutton.

£15.00 for Non-members £7.00 for Members.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Dorothy Seedhouse,
Antony Gay
Saturday 10th
October '20

9:30 for 10:00

King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall
Astrop Road
King’s Sutton
Oxfordshire OX17 3PG

Click for a map of how to get to Kings Sutton.

£15.00 for Non-members £7.00 for Members.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Dorothy Seedhouse,
Antony Gay

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Details
Our workhops for all ablilities are being held at a new location in Kings Sutton (Oxfordshire).
The hall is modern with amenities accessible to all.

The workshops are fun and friendly, suitable for beginners and intermediate alike.
The aim is to pass on the traditional skills of corn dolly making as well as other straw related crafts.

For details of the Kings Sutton Workshops, please email .

A booking form can be downloaded from here.

a picture of work in progress

Courses Run by Guild Members.

Date Location Details Tutor
Saturdays 5th,
12th,
19th,
26th,
October '19
Stone Library,
Stone
Staffordshire
Make a simple 4 straw compass plait harvest token (favour).

This will be limited to 10 both adults and children over 8 years old.

Names should be given to the library personnel.
Cost £1.00
Lynn Hammersley
Saturday,
30th November '19,
9:30am for 10:00am
until
4:00pm
Bredon Village Hall
Bredon
Worcestershire GL20 7QN
Straw craft workshop suitable for all levels and experience.
A table of projects will be setup for you to decide on the day. This will include plaiting, straw stars (suitable for Christmas decorations and cards)and tied straw work.

Cost £7.00 for Guild members
£15.00 for non-members
Lynette Owen
Antony Gay

General Courses

Date Location Details
Friday 12th
April '19

to

Sunday 14th
April '19

Bishop Burton College
York Road, Bishop Burton,
Beverley HU17 8QG

‘Hats off to Straw’

Workshops for all, whether you are new to this craft or have been plaiting for a lifetime you will find new ideas to inspire you. Fascinating displays of straw work, plenty of time to plait and chat. If you’ve always wanted to get together with other like minded folk here’s the perfect opportunity. You won’t want to miss it!

Friday 17th
April '20

to

Sunday 19th
April '20

Bishop Burton College
York Road, Bishop Burton,
Beverley HU17 8QG

Straw in the North

Workshops for all, whether you are new to this craft or have been plaiting for a lifetime you will find new ideas to inspire you. Fascinating displays of straw work, plenty of time to plait and chat. If you’ve always wanted to get together with other like minded folk here’s the perfect opportunity. You won’t want to miss it!

To show your interest for the weekend please email and you will be kept up to date with information.

Come along, you can be assured of a very warm welcome.

Click here to download a booking form.

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