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Straw Marquetry
One Week Intensive Workshop

10-Session Weekly Course  ​ 


What Is Rye Straw Marquetry ?

Rye straw marquetry is a decorative technique that involves using carefully cut and arranged pieces of colored rye straw to create intricate designs and patterns. It was born in Europe, and especially France, during the 17th century when clergymen, sailors and prisoners, used straw to decorate boxes, furniture, murals, etc. Put aside for many years, straw marquetry came back into fashion during the Art Deco period, when the most prestigious decorators such as Jean-Michel Frank and André Groult returned this art to its former glory. It is highly valued for its intricate beauty and ability to transform ordinary objects into extraordinary works of art.

What Will You Do During the Course? 

This one-week intensive workshop, or 10-session course  will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to create beautiful decorative pieces using rye straw. Throughout the workshop, participants will acquire a comprehensive understanding of rye straw marquetry techniques. Starting with the basics, you will learn how to properly open and flatten the straw, preparing it for use. You will be guided through the delicate process of gluing the straw to a substrate, ensuring that your creations are securely affixed and durable. As the workshop progresses, you will explore the art of pattern-making, both simple geometric designs and more elaborate ones like the timeless chevron pattern. You will learn to harmonize colors, create striking contrasts, and bring  designs to life with the natural beauty and shine of rye straw. By the end of the intensive 5-day workshop or the 10-sessions course, you will have transformed an ordinary entrance mirror into a stunning piece of art .You will go home with a lot of know how and ready to embrace new projects!

Is This For Me?

No previous experience is required everyone is welcome. Whether you are a seasoned artisan or a beginner eager to embark on a creative journey, the 5-Day Intensive Rye Straw Marquetry Workshop & 10-session weekly course  offer a unique opportunity to learn and master this ancient craft.

When, Where, How Much...

The classes take place in our workshop in Affula illit, Center North of Israel, not too far from Golda Meir's Kibbutz.

They run either as a 5 full-day intensive course or as a10-session 3 to 4 hour course with meetings once a week

The cost is of  2800 nis material included ( no supplies or tools will be asked from participants)

Think You Might Be Interested?

Want to know more about the course and when the next ones will be held ?

Send me a message  or a WhatsApp 058 68 72723 and I will be happy to get back to you.

What Participants Have to Say



Judith is a wonderful teacher! I had the privilege of learning from her this morning the art of Straw Marquetry. Judith patiently taught us the history, tools and materials of this rare artisian craft. I felt that this was a special experience and I look forward to learning more.



Judith is an artist with endless enthusiasm and amounts of knowledge, conveying her very special knowledge with simplicity and humility. I had a lot of fun and would recommend it to anyone.

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