Sat, 14 May



Raffia Hat Workshop with Claire from All Things Raffia

Here is your opportunity to learn a new craft with a Raffia Hat Workshop!

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Raffia Hat Workshop with Claire from All Things Raffia

Time & Location

14 May, 13:00 – 17:30 BST

Portsmouth, 5 Clarendon Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 2DU, UK

About the event

Here is your opportunity to learn a new craft with a RAFFIA HAT WORKSHOP. Saturday 14 & 21 May, fom 13.00-17.30 on BOTH days - this is a two session course. Raffia is a beautiful material to work with, very flexible, therefore very forgiving and very welcoming of complete beginners. You will leave the workshop with a raffia hat, in your size....and had some fun and laughter while making it. This is a great opportunity to discover a new craft and work with a new material. The raffia hat CRAFT WORKSHOP is run over 2 days. The usual format is for the days to be same time/place each week, so you will be with the same group of raffia students. Feel free to join the group alone, or to come along with friends. The workshop is always a friendly, welcoming environnment - with the emphasis on enjoying yourself while you are learning and making.   What can you expect at the workshop? You will learn about raffia and its origin How it can be dyed (you work only in natural raffia in the workshop) The plaiting technique - right- and left-handed learners are welcome Keeping your plait going - a hat is made from approx 8m of plait Trimming your plait Sewing your plait to the hat block in your size Finishing your hat in one of the 3 styles possible Pressing your hat Durability of your hat - this is a very durable hat you can pack it, get it wet and enjoy it for years to come Where is this workshop held? SEEDED, 5 Clarendon Road, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 2DU What 3 words location: /// What does the cost include? The charge is the total cost for the two days, and includes all materials and use of a hat block in the right size. Additional raffia can be purchased if you would like to make more raffia hats. ABOUT ME: I have a large head i.e. non-industry standard, and this is one of the things that brought me to raffia. The other thing was a lovely Australian who taught me, and others, how to make raffia hats in 1993. I was hooked, and I continued to create and teach through the 90s - at a guess I have taught over 200 people to make raffia hats. The hat I am wearing in the photos I made in 1993, and to be honest the hat has worn better than me.... After a break for other work and to raise my son I returned to raffia afresh in 2019 - allthingsraffia was created. I design, dye and make all the hats and bags myself. I also run workshops at key venues across the South of England as well as running private workshops for groups of friends. Don't hesitate to get in touch, always happy to talk raffia....

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