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MAKE YOUR OWN RAFFIA BAG - Two Day Workshop - Friday 13 & 20 August

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

From this workshop, you can make a shopper style or larger hand- or evening-bag.  The emphasis in this workshop is making sure that the bag is not just beautiful but strong enough to be functional also.  The result will be a great ‘go-to’ bag good for many occasions, a beautiful addition to your wardrobe, using a sustainable material that is great to work with.  The styles available can be adjusted with e.g. different handles or finishes, so all bags will be unique and can also be very individual with different finishes.

There are two style options available at the workshop and no decisions are necessary before the workshop. You can view the different styles and choose which one you'd like to make 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 a bag mold (if applicable as it depends on the style chosen)
  • How to make sure that your bag is as strong as it will need to be in relation to its size;
  • Finish the bag shape;
  • Fixing handle options

Besides the bags for the workshop you will see how adaptable raffia can be for other accessories, perhaps a smaller clutch bag or an essential raffia 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.
  • Depending on the style of bag, you may need to bring a waste-paper bin or bucket to use as mold, but you will be advised on this on the first day.
  • A pair of comfortable sharp scissors that are probably your ‘go-to’ scissors, probably need to be smaller rather than large.

      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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