All Things Raffia

No current schedule for this year

Course Notes

The days will include:

-An introduction to raffia

-Dyeing techniques (provided in notes also) - note that students will work with natural raffia in the workshop

-Plaiting technique - right- and left-hand versions taught - plus keeping the plait going for the necessary time - a hat is approx. 8m in plait length

-Weaving techniques

-Home décor raffia techniques

-Sewing technique, using raffia to sew with

-All students will make a small clutch bag to confirm all the techniques, they will then choose which further options they might like to make, whether this is a hat, a bag (or more than one) or some accessories for their homes

-Larger bag options will be possible in this course which are not available on the medium raffia bag workshop

-Finish the design options - the differences

-Steaming the hats

-Storage and care of your raffia items

-1:1 tuition as well as group guidance as appropriate

-Group display of finished items

The intention is always to have an enjoyable day but also create a beautiful functional item.

Materials provided will be:

Notes on how to complete several different items - all students will have notes for completion of small clutch bag, they will then receive notes for other items that they choose - all include information on how raffia can be dyed

Minimum 1kg raffia


Pegs for plaiting

Use of hat block in specific size if choosing to make a hat

Students to bring:

Regular bucket or circular waste paper bin, approx. size guide is 27cm height and diameter

Optional: small lampshade, suggested size no larger than 9 and this could be an existing lampshade for upcycle or a new one

Optional: decorative materials e.g. ribbons, buttons, beads, lining materials (for bags)

Comfortable scissors

Thimble (if used)

Available to buy:

More raffia, available in 500g bags

Hat blocks can be purchased from the tutor if wanted

Gift vouchers

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM