The Merchant's Table

Sculptural Willow Harvest Maiden - Jo Hammond

Our Harvest Maiden, skilfully woven in willow by renowned Suffolk willow worker, Jo Hammond, is based on a figure to represent the harvest goddess. Historically Harvest Maidens were made from a sheaf and also created in small form, as corn dollies. For us, she is here to represent midsummer’s rituals and the guarantee of a successful harvest!
The Harvest Maiden, is displayed with Ewen Brown’s Large Wooden Brooms.

The tradition of the corn dolly has its origins in pre-Christian Britain. At harvest the last sheaf of corn was sacrificed along with an animal, often a hare which was found amongst the crops, to the gods to ensure soil fertility for the next year. Later a model of a hare was made out of straw to represent ‘the continuity of the spirit’. Eventually this evolved into the corn being plaited to represent a figure symbolising ‘the goddess of the grain‘ and became known as a ‘corn dolly’, which was usually hung in a farmhouse’s rafters till the next year.

It seems probable that the original farm workers adopted techniques practised by the straw plaiters working for the hat industry and from copying other decorative techniques from rope making and knotting.*


Willow sourced from Sussex and Suffolk.


Approx Size: Height (including hair): 162cm, Width (including arms): 107cm, Depth: 58cm  

Collection from the shop only available.

We aim to make ordering from us as straightforward as possible.

Once your online transaction has been completed your order will be confirmed by email within 24 hours. If your order is placed on a Friday, or over the weekend, your item will be shipped within 3 days from the Monday.

Using Royal Mail our shipping rates are calculated based on the estimated weight and size of the items. 

You have the option of First Class Delivery (which cannot be tracked), or Tracked delivery ( to enable you to track your package through all stages of the delivery process)


Please allow 3-5 working days for delivery in the UK. In most cases it will be less.


We do ship outside of the UK and are delighted to do so, but we ask you to email,, so we may give you an accurate shipping cost to your destination.

Any customs or import duties are charged once the parcel reaches its destination country. These charges must be paid by the recipient of the parcel. Unfortunately, we have no control over these charges, and cannot tell you what the cost would be, as customs policies and import duties vary widely from country to country.


We recommend contacting your local customs office for current charges before you order, so you are not surprised by charges you were not expecting.

Please be aware that your parcel can be also delayed by customs and subsequent charges can be applied. We have no control over this, and cannot supply any details why or for how long your parcel will be delayed.

If you wish to return a purchase please notify us at

If you are unhappy with our products in any way, they can be returned provided they are in saleable condition.

If you wish to return your item and receive a full refund items need to posted/couriered back to us within 7 days of being received by you.

Please note refunds to Debit/Credit Cards normally clear in 1/2 days after receipt of the returned goods.

Returns received outside the above time frame will not be accepted. For all returns you will be required to arrange and pay for the return of the products to us.

We will only accept returns provided the goods are received by us in the condition they were in when delivered to you.


Please returns items to: 

The Merchant’s Table
10 Church Street
Suffolk IP12 1DH

The Maker

Jo Hammond

Jo Hammond is one of East Anglia’s best willow workers. Jo grew up in Suffolk and Essex and still lives nearby, close to the Stour Estuary. She aims to use and promote locally-grown materials and make the most of the wonderful variety of colours to be found in willow. Jo began basket-making when living in the middle of a wood- the gift of a book opened her eyes to the weaving materials that were all around her home.
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