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!

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Corn Dollies at The Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

Corn Dollies at The Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

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In the middle of October I received an email asking how quickly could I send some Corn Dollies to Edinburgh?

Turns out the Director of a production of The Bondagers being put on at The Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh wanted four Corn Dollies for the play. I packed them up and posted them out the next day along with a part made ArtStraw Corn Dolly for the cast to see how they are constructed..

Being someone who loves the Theatre I was really thrilled that my handiwork was going to be on stage and of course I had to check it out!

It sounds a really interesting play about a side of rural life I had never heard about before.

The webpage is well worth a look:

http://lyceum.org.uk/whats-on/production/bondagers

and I for one will be going if it tours nearby,