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Make a pig in a day at Gayle Mill

Make a pig in a day at Gayle Mill

In November I went on a course to make a pig in a day at Gayle Mill near Hawes. The teacher was Josie East who had prepared all the willow in advance.

Stage 1 involved creating the basic shape of the pig:

Pig Stage 1

Pig Stage 1

Once the basic shape was created the willow was woven around the body and legs inserted:

Stage 2 - Looking like a pig now

Stage 2 – Looking like a pig now

By the end of the day it really had changed from Air Balloon to Pig with lovely curly Corn Dolly tail:

At the End of the day

At the End of the day

Once home it just needed tidying up:

The finished article! A Willow Pig

The finished article! A Willow Pig

It was an excellent day and I can really recommend having a go at Willow Weaving!

Dales Countryside Museum Workshop

On a cold November day I travelled ‘up dale’ to the Museum at Hawes as part of the Dales Creative Workshops, organised by Sue Dewhurst of the Pop up Galley, to join Andris Berg (Chain-saw Sculptor) and Irene Lofthouse (Story Weaver).

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I was there to demonstrate the traditional craft of Corn Dolly making. So I had spent the previous month making straw corn dollies for my display.

People had the chance to have a go with Art Straws which the children enjoyed.