Monday, July 22, 2013

This may sound corny but it is a crafty clue?!

Do you want to know about my secret crafting day out then?

A while back a good friend of mine asked me if I fancied going on a Corn crafting course with her.  I have to admit at first I wasn't so sure but then I thought why not, you might even enjoy it, and I did.
We visited a lovely lady called Elaine at Somethingcorny.  It was a beautiful day and we set to work in her garden shed.  Now this wasn't any garden shed.  There were four of us in the class for the day, a nice small group so we learnt a lot.
This was our classroom...isn't it fab?


It was a beautiful sunny day and it felt like we were crafting outside with the window and doors all open.  Elaine has a beautiful garden which we even had our picnic in at lunch time.  It was heaven.

We made a practise item with the wheat and then four other items.  I have decided to show you my simple corn dolly.

A little bit of history for you....corn dollies have been made for thousands of years and are thought to date back to pagan times.  The last sheaf of corn from the harvest was used to make corn dollies which were believed to hold the Corn spirit in the plait, usually hung in the kitchen. Next spring the dried seeds would be planted again and were believed to encourage a good harvest for the following year.
Nowadays they are believed to bring peace and prosperity to the home, in other words they are thought to be good luck charms.
Here is my dolly.....


The wheat is worked whilst it is damp, plaited and shaped and then left to dry, holding it's shape.  I like the simplicity of this shape and have added a wee heart and halo for now.
I am still thinking whether to add wings?  I quite like her simple design.  What do you think?

A late post for me today after a day in work.  Time now to crack on with a BBQ to be followed with a tad of ironing....the excitement!
On the upside I had a good weekend.  Friday night we did the Gala car treasure hut and won, having a giggle in the process.  How to get people going.....keep stopping and jumping out of the car!
Work went well yesterday and Sunday was spent on the beach then home for an evening BBQ with friends. 
That was the weekend gone.
This week I shall be getting ready for my Sunday demonstration day at The Papeterie in Aberdeen. 
It will seem a bit strange mind as I'm thinking Christmas in the sunshine!

Enjoy the rest of your Monday and I'll catch you again tomorrow.  x


Shazza said...

aww this is cute. Glad you had a good weekend, I refuse to think about Christmas yet!!

Hazel said...

Erika, your corn dolly is beautiful, I love the simpleness of it. I think I would leave it just how it is. But that's me. Glad you had a great weekend it sounds like it was a lot of fun.
What I would do to have a garden shed like the one you had your class in.

Hazel xxx

Kat said...

I love your corn dolly just as she is Erika. She looks really sweet. I think a neighbour of mine makes corn dollies. Sounds like the class was fun.

Kat xx

Unknown said...

Hi Erica, you may think it is simple but I think it is beautiful. Is there no ends to your talents. Love the corn dolly, it need no more.

Wilma x x x

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Erika, this sounds a wonderful day and your corn dolly is beautiful. A very different kind of crafting, and a new string to your bow perhaps. Love it, Kate x