Discover how to make beautiful

baskets using raffia

Workshop 1: Discover how to make beautiful baskets using raffia. How to make a raffia basket is a fun, comprehensive craft tutorial that will cover the foundation skills needed to make beautiful baskets. Learn a range of basket coiling techniques and stitches, as well as how to weave around forms. 

You can buy each workshop separately or in a course bundle. 

Workshop 2: Make a Raffia Basket Workshop no 2 contains more advanced skills for creating coiled baskets and bags using raffia. You'll learn additional techniques: how to make ovals, a cute raffia tote bag, and how to make your own cordage. It is recommended that if you haven’t enrolled in the first Raffia Basket workshop it is recommended that you do. 

This basket making kit includes everything you need to make a large raffia tray with leather handles. Your tray will measure 34cm wide x 4cm high (See pic!). 

 

Please note: When you place an order, simply use the Notes Section to let us know the colour names and how many of each you would like (maximum of 5 colors in total).

Why is raffia ​so popular in basket weaving?

Weaving baskets from Raffia is a fabulous pastime. Raffia is also a very underrated fiber in my opinion. It was very popular in the ’90s to make raffia hats but that's enough of showing my age. Raffia is a wonderful material to use in basketry and it's easy to use too.  

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. 

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