The Guild of Straw Craftsmen - Events, Exhibitions and Courses in 2017

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.

Events run by Guild Members Events run by Guild Members
Beginners and Intermediate Courses Beginners and Intermediate Courses
General Courses General Courses

Events run by Guild Members.

Sunday, 11th June 2017 - The Minnie Lambeth Gathering
The Minnie Lambeth Gathering is named in memory of a Cambridgeshire lady who became interested in com dollies in 1938 when she found a twist of straw, a 'Countryman's favour', lying on the roadside. Possibly it had been lost the day before from the buttonhole of someone's Sunday jacket. She took it home for the local museum. Her interest in straw developed further over the years as she researched and wrote books. In the mid 60's she invited people to her home to share their work so that they could learn from each other and improve the quality of plaiting.

The Gathering, traditionally held in June, has had few organisers in its time. In 2000 Anne Renfrew took on the challenge and the Gathering moved to Knightcote in Warwickshire. It is held in the magnificent Monks Barn.

For those with an interest in straw work, this is a day not to be missed.
This year's speaker will be
Catherine Ryall

Catherine will be talking about paper sculpture.

Plaiting and Chatting in the afternoon.

This year the competition theme will be 'Friendship'.

Read about the Corn Dolly poem by Minnie Lambeth.

For further details email .

some of the work shown at the Minnie Lambeth Gathering

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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.

Courses run by the Guild and Guild members.

Beginners and Intermediate Courses

Date Details Tutor
Saturday,
25th March '17
9:30 for 10:00
Monks Barn
New House Farm,
Knightcote,
Southam
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire CV47 2EQ

Click for a map of how to get to Monks Barn.

For any inquiries please email .

A booking form can be downloaded from here.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Dorothy Seedhouse,
Antony Gay
Saturday,
5th August '17
9:30 for 10:00
Monks Barn
New House Farm,
Knightcote,
Southam
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire CV47 2EQ

Click for a map of how to get to Monks Barn.

For any inquiries please email .

A booking form can be downloaded from here.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Dorothy Seedhouse,
Antony Gay
Saturday,
14th October '17
9:30 for 10:00
Monks Barn
New House Farm,
Knightcote,
Southam
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire CV47 2EQ

Click for a map of how to get to Monks Barn.

For any inquiries please email .

A booking form can be downloaded from here.

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

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a picture of work in progress
General Courses

Date Location Title Tutor
Friday,
7th April '17
to
Sunday,
9th April '17
Howden
A Weekend of Workshops.
"Plaits, Plaits and More Plaits"

Details from

The Wellington Hotel

31 Bridgegate
Howden, Goole,
North Humberside DN14 7JG

Download more details from here.

A booking form can be downloaded from here.

Click for a map of how to get to The Wellington Hotel.


Elaine Lindsay
Dorothy Seedhouse
Antony Gay
Janet Brewin
Monday,
24th July '17
to
Saturday,
29th July '17
Vilnius, Lithuania
The Vilnius Ethnic Culture Center in Vilnius, Lithuania has scheduled workshops for learning about their traditional 'straw orchards' ('himmeli' in Finland) during the week of July 24 to July 29 2017. The workshops, organized by Marija Liugiene and Sandra Bakanovaite, offer a chance to see some of the spectacular examples from the National Museum collection and learn about their meaning in Lithuanian culture, make a smaller travel.friendly version, and exchange and teach straw work skills with Lithuanian artists. Collaboration is the watchword for the whole event.

Since gaining its independence from Soviet domination in 1991, Lithuanians have been working hard to reclaim their own traditional arts; Marija has dedicated herself for the last 30 years to promoting and encouraging the making of these spectacular straw figures, which in Lithuania are more connected with weddings and religious celebrations than harvest.

We welcome all interested straw artists to take advantage of this opportunity to exchange ideas and techniques with their counterparts in the Baltics! If you are interested in joining us in Vilnius in July 2017 please contact for further details.

Sandra Bakanovaite,
Marija Liugiene (holding the straw piece she made)and Pastor Jim Wagner

The organizers from the Vilnius Ethnic Culture Center, Sandra Bakanovaite and Marija Liugiene (holding the straw piece she made)and Pastor Jim Wagner who has been working in Vilnius.
Marija Liugiene
Sandra Bakanovaite

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