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MAKE YOUR OWN RAFFIA HAT - Two Day Workshop - Friday 21 & 28 May

Join us for a relaxing two-day workshop making your own beautiful raffia hat.    

The spring sunshine should be giving us a hint of the summer ahead and you should take the time to get ahead with your own hat.  So, get ready for the sun in 2021 or those essential travels that we are all in need of by making your own raffia hat, in a choice of styles and definitely in your size. 

This is an essential item for your sun-wardrobe and is also great for packing and even swimming in….  The styles are classic and will complement many summer or garden occasions, and can be easily personalised with your own finishes to individualise them even further.

There are three style options available at the workshop, but no decisions are necessary before the workshop and all styles will be available to view at the workshop.    

You will learn:

  • How relaxing and flexible raffia is to work with;
  • How the raffia can be dyed (you work only with natural raffia on the workshop);
  • How to sort the raffia, and prepare it for plaiting;
  • Plaiting the raffia – right- and left-hand methods shown;
  • Trimming and preparing the raffia for sewing;
  • Sewing the raffia to your hat block;
  • Creating the brim of your hat;
  • Finishing the brim to the style of choice;
  • Pressing the hat for final finish and decorating

Besides the hats for the workshop, you will see how adaptable raffia can be for other accessories, perhaps a bag to complement your hat?  Absolutely no previous raffia skills are necessary, this is a workshop which is great for complete beginners.  Only basic sewing skills are necessary too.

Claire will provide written instructions for all students and will also advise on some further finishes that you might like to consider, e.g. lining your bag.

Skill level:

Complete beginners to raffia craft are very welcome, suitable for all.

What you need to bring with you:

  • All raffia will be provided for the course and is inclusive in the price.
  • A hat block in the correct size will be available to use, and can be purchased if students wish
  • A pair of comfortable sharp scissors that are probably your ‘go-to’ scissors, probably need to be smaller rather than large.
  • A thimble if you like to use when you are sewing

    Class Size

    The class size for this workshop will be a maximum of 5.  Each student will then have sufficient space to work.  Please note that we need a minimum of 5 for this workshop to run.

    Workshop Timings:

    Each day will begin at 10.30am and finish at 15.30pm, this will allow time for students to work at a comfortable pace.  There will be time to take a break for lunch too, and coffee and tea will be ‘on tap’. 

    Please note that there will be some basic work that you need to complete at home before the second day of the workshop – but you will have full instruction throughout.

    About Your Teacher:

    Claire Reynolds

    Claire has been teaching raffia craft for over 25 years.  She learned her craft from a visiting Australian in 1993 and since then has been hooked.   Claire exhibits at a number of major and regional events where her focus is on passing on her enthusiasm for raffia.  Claire’s work can be found on Facebook and Instagram ‘allthingsraffia’  She lives in Christchurch, Dorset.


    The Avid Seamstress Studio. 20 Island Centre Way, Enfield, EN3 6GS. For directions and venue information please click here.

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