Raffia Bag March 2023

raffia bag workshop

In this two day course you will make your own classic summer raffia bag. Perfect for the beach or a wedding…. or maybe even just a picnic.

Raffia is the leaf of the Raphia ruffa tree in Madagascar, it is a beautifully flexible (and forgiving!) material to work with which means that no prior experience is necessary for this craft – beginners are more than welcome.  In this two-part workshop you will learn how to make one of two styles of raffia bag.  The skills learnt will also adapt to hat making or simply more bags if you prefer.

No experience is needed and you do not need to be a great sewer either….  Our tutor Claire will make sure you are familiar with the techniques used and she is happy to welcome right and left-handers to her workshops.

In week one Claire will introduce how the raffia can be dyed (she only uses natural dyes), where it comes from (it is a sustainable resource) and you will then quickly move to plaiting with the raffia which is the basic technique for making the bags or hats.  The second week will be involved with shaping your item around an appropriate mould. There will be some plaiting homework between sessions so that you have enough to make your bag in the second session.

All students work with natural raffia and at the end of the second week will leave with a completed item and the skills to make more for family and friends as they wish.  All instruction worksheets for the workshop are yours to keep.

This workshop will be led by Claire.

Cost

£110.00

Date

12 Mar 2023
Expired!

Time

10:15 am - 4:00 pm

What will we cover?

Over two sessions, you’ll make your own classic raffia bag – perfect for a picnic, the beach or even a wedding.

 

Raffia is the leaf of the raphia ruffa tree in Madagascar. It is a beautifully flexible (and forgiving!) material to work with, making it ideal for complete beginners. Even if you’ve never worked with raffia before you can create a bag that looks stylish and professional. 

 

This workshop will be led by Claire.

 

In this two-part workshop you’ll learn how to make one of two styles of raffia bag.  

 

Session 1 

We’ll explore:

  • where raffia comes from (it’s a wonderfully sustainable resource) 
  • how you can add colour with natural dyes 
  • how to plait the raffia – the basic technique for making bags or hats. 

 

Between sessions

Your homework will be to continue plaiting so that you have enough to work with in the last session. 

 

Session 2 

This is where we learn to shape your item around a mould, and how to finish it off. 

 

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work. 

 

You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can. 

 

Do I need any previous experience or skills?

No experience is needed and you don’t need to be a great sewer.  Our tutor Claire will make sure you learn all the techniques you need. (These will be adapted for right and left-handers.)

 

Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

All materials are provided. Please note that you will be working with natural colour raffia, not dyed.

 

What will I take home with me?

At the end of the second week will leave with a completed item and the skills to make more for family and friends as they wish. All instruction worksheets for the workshop are yours to keep.

You can adapt the skills you learn to hat making, or to experimenting with different bags.

 

 

Refreshments

Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.

Photography

During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.

Tutor

Claire Richards
Claire Richards

Claire has been working with raffia since 1993 when a visiting Australian was teaching raffia hat making. She plaited her way through most of the 90s, selling her hats and running workshops, and is the author of 'Raffia' by the Crowood press. Since taking a break to bring up her son, Claire has extended her range of bags and now only uses natural dyeing methods. Her courses at Made and Making are relaxed, enjoyable and fun. Claire remains life-long friends with her Australian teacher. They recently holidayed together in Copenhagen....Claire forgot to take a hat!

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