Veronica Main - Hat Plaiter and Hat industry historian | Products | Harvest token or Corn Dolly |
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About Veronica Main - Hat Plaiter and Hat industry historian

Although I am an expert maker in many types of straw work, my specialism and passion is the Straw Hat Industry. For more than forty years I have researched the industry and learned the traditional straw plaiting techniques. My research has taken me as far as the USA and to many countries in Europe where as well as undertaking research, I have taught and lectured. From 2007 until my retirement in 2015, I was a curator in charge of the Hat Industry and Headwear collection at Culture Trust Luton. Over the years I have appeared on TV, radio and film either as a specialist contributor, as a maker or by providing props. Hat Plaiting has now been recognised as a Critically Endangered Craft on the HCA Red List. The need for me to pass on my wealth of knowledge has now become vitally important. For this reason I have started the process of developing an educational website: and Instagram @hat.plait  My publications include, Swiss Straw Work, Techniques of a Fashion Industry which is a comprehensive instruction book covering techniques used in the Swiss hat materials manufacturing industry. I am also co-author of an instructional book for making Corn Dollies and have written several research papers. I am very proud to be a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship holder (QEST) and Founder Member of the British Hat Guild.

Further Info

Specialised in
Straw hat plaiting for the hat industry, Swiss straw work techniques, Straw marquetry, Decorative straw work including straw figures. Traditional Harvest Tokens/Corn Dollies. Research specialist and Historian.  
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Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
Available for educational events only

Harvest token or Corn Dolly

The design of this Mell Doll originates in Cumbria, England. Made and harvest time and given by the farmer as a gift at Christmas time.