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Straw Work and Corn Dollies,
by SANDFORD (Lettice).
Published by London B. T. Batsford Limited (1974)
Hardcover First Edition
Measures 8x8 inches Weighs 1 pound 1 ounces

Condition: Good.
Sturdy solid boards are jet black with gold gilt on spine.
Interior pages are clean, excellent, white pages with crisp text. Illustrations are clear and bright.
Front cover board bottom right has a chink in it. Will still display nicely.

Straw work
Suitable types of corn
Basic instructions
Things to make with straw
Mexican bird
Scandanavian cockerel
Russian cockerel
Scandanavian goat
North country sheep
Harvest mouse
Straw marquetry
Oak leaf in straw marquetry
Star in straw marquetry
Marquetry collage
Decorative plaque of nine stars
Filigree star
Eight point star
Stars from a simple strand
Miniature three point star
Straw rope tray
6 Straif jewelry
Medallions, ear-rings and a pendant
i Pendants and favours
Straw rose

Corn dollies and harvest crosses 49
risn fan 50
Arabic 'cage' 52
Bouquet de Moisson 54
Workman's star 57
Hexagon cross 58
Luston ring 60
Topsham cross, Devon 62
Double Mordiford 64
Pembroke chandelier 66
Mexican sun mask 68
Dictionary of plaits 71
Spiral with core method one
Spiral with core method two
Spiral without core lantern
Joining 74
Other plaits with core
Triangular four plait
Three plait ribbon plait
Six plait 2
Miscellaneous close-linked plaits
Croup-linked plaits jjl
Plaits at varying angles -
Folded plaits
Three plait (cat foot)
Contents continued
Woven plaits four varieties
Flat plaits
Welsh border fan
Welsh long fan
Shropshire fringe
Turks' head
Straw for corn dolly making
Practical books
Useful reference books

Straw work
Wherever crops have been sown and harvested
there has always been the discarded straw
available for thatching, matting, baskets,
fans and many other domestic and decorative
Where the climate encouraged the growth of
palm, innumerable objects were made for
religious and personal adornment.
Some of the skilled designs and plaits have
made their way via the sea trade or migrant
people to the colder climates and are found
reproduced in the straw work of many lands.
There is at present a great revival of interest
in straw work. Enthusiasts have got together
and mastered the many techniques involved
in turning out a well finished piece of work.
In museums all over the country, there are
beautiful examples of elaborate straw work,
mostly corn dollies made by masters of the
craft, and, from the knowledge gained by
studying their work, new and varied designs
have been evolved.
The making of straw jewelry, such as ear­
rings, pendants, the covering of boxes,
construction of leaves, etc, has widened the
appeal of straw work, and the availability of
artstraws to practice plaiting, though by no
means taking the place of natural straws in the
finished article, has made the problem of
providing a quantity of the right material
slightly easier than before.

Straw Work and Corn Dollies Lettice Sandford A Studio Book The Viking Press New York 1974 Art Craft Book Vintage First Edition Hardcover 1st


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