A former is a term used in straw work. It is a template (flat or round, like a button) around which a length of damp straw (either whole or a strip) is wrapped.

The straw is allowed to dry and then removed from the former. As it dries, the straw takes on the shape of the former.

Source: FITCH, Barbara (1998), Decorative Straw Craft: Swiss Straw Work, Embroidery and Marquetry, Tunbridge Wells: Search Press, p. 35.


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