In this two day course you will make your own classic summer raffia hat which is 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 a simple hat.
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.
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 a block. There will be some plaiting homework between the sessions so that you have enough raffia prepared to make your hat.
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.
What you will need
All materials are provided, please note you will be working with natural colour raffia
Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.
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