Coiling a basket around a bottle
Basket weaving using raffia group

MAKING BASKETS WITH RAFFIA

Why is raffia ​so popular in basket weaving?

Weaving baskets from Raffia is a fabulous pastime. Raffia is also a very underrated fibre in my opinion. It was very popular in the ’90s to make raffia hats (that's enough of showing my age though!). We have two comprehensive raffia basket workshops that will teach you the art of basketry using this wonderful material. How to Make Raffia Basket #1 is for all basketry skill levels while How to Make a Raffia Basket #2 is for more advanced makers. Think of it as a level-up in your basketry journey! 

What is raffia?

Raffia is a natural material that is perfect for basket making. It comes from the leaves of the Raffia Palm usually grown in Madagascar. It is strong, pliable, and nice to use on your hands. You can dye it using natural and commercial dyes, and use it for many purposes. You can use paper raffia (not actual raffia). Although nothing beats the real deal. 

My go-to craft stockists for good quality, florist grade raffia are String Harvest or The Raffia Connection. Both offer local and international shipping at reasonable rates.  To find out more about this wonderful fibre, you can read all about it here.

 

COURSE #1 PROMO

COURSE #2 PROMO

HOW TO MAKE A RAFFIA BASKET COURSE INFO (COURSE 1)

COURSE 1: LEARN A RANGE OF FOUNDATION SKILLS

You'll learn about this amazing material and how to use it to make beautiful baskets, using the coiling technique.

  • Raffia resources and examples 

  • How to coil a basket from start to finish 

  • How to weave around forms

COURSE 1: ADD THESE IMPORTANT STITCHES AND TECHNIQUES TO YOUR BASKETRY TOOLKIT

  • Wrapping stitch

  • Random Over Stitch

  • Spiral Stitch

  • Blanket Stitch

  • How to crochet​​

ACCESS IS YOURS, ALWAYS AND FOREVER

This online workshop is self-paced and can be accessed as often as you wish. Once you enrol you will have access to all course material, forever.

YOU'LL JOIN A CREATIVE COMMUNITY

Sign up for tips and inspiration ideas, and hear stories from other creatives just like you!​

HOW TO MAKE A RAFFIA BASKET COURSE INFO (COURSE 2)

LEARN MORE ADVANCED BASKETRY SKILLS

  • How to make an oval coiled basket

  • Shaping around a form

  • Making lids

  • How to make a plaited raffia bag

  • How to make your own string (cordage)

LEARN TO CREATE PATTERNS

Learn to create patterns using colour and a range of stitches.

  • Spiral stitch

  • Random over-stitch 

  • Blanket stitch ​​

ACCESS IS YOURS, ALWAYS AND FOREVER

This online workshop is self-paced and can be accessed as often as you wish. Once you enrol you will have access to all course material, forever.

YOU'LL JOIN A CREATIVE COMMUNITY

Sign up for tips and inspiration ideas, and hear stories from other creatives just like you!​​

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