Raffia Hat Making with Claire Richards
April 26 - April 28
You will learn how flexible and relaxing it can be working with raffia and how adaptable it is to new designs. You will be provided with full printed instructions on the technique and also the patterns for completing your own hat in the correct size for you. Your finished hat will be beautiful, but also very durable (your tutor will bring the one that she made in 1993) and therefore a sustainable and functional addition to your wardrobe.
You will learn about the origins of raffia, how it can be dyed and the various ways in which not only hats, but other beautiful accessories can be produced for yourself or for your home. The emphasis in the workshop will be on learning the weaving technique that can be applied to make beautiful and sustainable hats, the same skills can also be applied and developed to make bags.
Beginners, as well as those who have basic sewing or raffia craft experience, are very welcome on this course, but there is definitely no need for any prior raffia or other experience, nor do you need to have specialist equipment. You will receive guidance and personal tuition to teach you the skills needed, and you should all leave the class with a completed hat and the skills to make more if you wish. The key objectives for any raffia work is always to be able to relax and enjoy the craft.