Raffia Basket Weaving Workshop

Sydney Innerwest Weaving Workshop

2 hours Class size 1 to 6 (public classes), 2 to 10

label $95 (or 4 payments of $23.75 Afterpay)

In this hands on workshop you will learn a coil weaving technique using Raffia sourced from Madagascar. Raffia has been used in weaving for centuries throughout Europe and Africa, mixed with other fibres like wool, jute, cotton. When weaving with fibre, texture and colour amazing things are made, which are completely unique to the weaver.

During my travels throughout Europe, Asia and Japan, it became obvious how so many cultures developed their own weaving techniques derived from necessity and woven from nature. The woven items bonded people together, the makers, the hunters, gathers and fishers. Possibly where the phrase the "The fibre of our existence" came from.

I am always amazed at the different styles and shapes, colour and textures created in this class and you will be too.

Whether it be with a group of friends, sisters, a corporate event, team builder, or an open invitation workshop, this workshop is a wonderful way to bring out your creativity and generosity.

Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners.
What you'll get
All the materials required to make a small bowl in the workshop and to make another at home.
What to bring
Everything supplied
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday, hens party or bucks party.

This would also be a lovely gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.

Heather Hunt adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.


Balmain, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
Heather Hunt
Heather Hunt

4.9 (65)

East Village Art House is a small but industrious art Studio, located in historical Balmain and founded by Heather Hunt.

With a wealth of talent EVAH offers workshops and courses in a variety of mediums, ranging from watercolour painting, Acrylic painting, Textile Loom weaving and raffia Weaving, and recently expanding to introduce Clay hand-building workshops. EVAH also offers fun group experiences, including Clay & Rosé and Sip & Paint.

All this packed into the cutest Art studio in Sydney's Inner West.


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Elizabeth Chapman Apr 2022

My Husband and I really enjoyed this class. Heather was really interesting and informative. The materials were all supplied with extra to take home. It was also a wonderful way to meet new and interesting people. Thoroughly enjoyed it, we will be back for another class, possibly weaving

Diana Mund Mar 2022

Really enjoyed the class Heather is a skilled caring teacher , loved working with the raffia .

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Jasmin Lin Jan 2022

38 ClassBento workshops attended • 38 reviews

Heather is a patient, generous, creative and knowledgeable teacher. It was amazing learning raffia weaving. Thank you for a fun Saturday.

Natalie O'Halloran Oct 2021

So relaxing! Heather is so warm and generous and love my basket. A lovely afternoon of coiling and conversation. Strongly recommend

Lou Muscolino Nov 2020

Mum and I attended this workshop and loved it! We don’t do things like this often but it’s made us realise that we should. Heather was an excellent teacher. We were the only people in the class and she welcomed us with warmth and wonderful conversation. Her instructions were clear and helpful. She always came over to assist if we ever got stuck while making the baskets too.

For someone like my mum who is always caught up doing things for others, it was really special to see her have some time and space to enjoy learning something crafty and creative. She loved it and I did too! We will definitely be back for more workshops in the future. Thanks so much Heather :)

We love our baskets!

Rob Fuller Oct 2020

We thoroughly enjoyed our basket weaving classs. Heather is a lovely host and teacher. We came away with a cool basket each. A great afternoon. Thank you Heather

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Rafia Hussain Jun 2020

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Heather was a lovely teacher and the class was great! Had a really good time and got to take home a lovely cute little basket

Susan Schmocker Jan 2020

Heather was a great teacher. I felt immediately comfortable with her and I feel confident to take basket weaving a step further. I leave in Balmain and I will drop in should l need further assistance. Great venue and also the food provided was generous and delicious.

Natasha Laving Jan 2020

We had a fantastic afternoon with Heather! All materials were provided along with a delicious cheese platter!
We we essentially taught the beautiful art of basket weaving, but along with this we learnt the magic of mindfulness and friendly chatter as we created our pieces. I will definitely be back to experience more of Heathers crafty wisdom.
5 stars

Raffia Basket Weaving Workshop review by Natasha Laving

Michelle Laving Jan 2020

Very relaxed environment and lots of fun learning how to basket weave! Well organised workshop.

Susan Britton Jan 2020

Heather was exactly as her other reviews described. Cheerful, patient, full of ideas and generous by nature.
The studio is a bright light and lovely space in Balmain.
I was so impressed that she held the class for me one on one as the other group who were booked were coming up from the coast and couldnt get through in time because of the fires. She honoured my booking anyway. Although I had booked a coil basket weaving class, she was able to change it to raffia hat making as that was what I particularly wanted to do. She was so helpful and was just such an interesting person having lived in many places and thus with such a wide knowledge of weaving techniques from Japanese to Madagascar!
This class was one of the best things I have done for years. The coffee next door was also excellent, a bonus.

Georgina (Gina) Dec 2019

Heather was so lovely and so knowledgeable, she was very patient with me. I thoroughly enjoyed my time and have come away with with the skills and supplies to finish my project and can’t wait to do more. Her shop was well set out and easy to find. Definitely will go back for more!

Carollyn Nathan Sep 2019

Lovely few hours learning to weave. The time flew by and Heather was a great host and teacher. Very clear instructions and I feel I will be able to complete the project on my own with the materials provided.

Despina Aug 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended

This class was definitely worth it, I walked away feeling quiet confident in being able to continue working on my own projects at home. Heather was very helpful and patient and could easily answer any questions that I had. I will be recommending East Village Art House to everyone I know!

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Joanne Aug 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Wonderful class! Heather is lovely and welcomed us into her studio for a fun afternoon. It was really easy to pick up and I’m so pleased with the end product. Heather had lots of tips and techniques for how to make different baskets. All the materials were provided - which was great because I wouldn’t have known the right kind of raffia to buy or any of the extras, and we got sent home with a goody bag with enough materials to make several more baskets. Heather walked us through how to prepare and dye raffia using natural materials too. I really enjoyed this class - highly recommend!

Raffia Basket Weaving Workshop review by Joanne  Sydney

Joanne Aug 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Heather was very patient and friendly.

I loved that all the materials for the class were provided and I took home enough raffia, needle and even scissors to do a few more on my own. Heather explained how she made all the colours.

The group was nice and small allowing for extra help and lots of chatting. We hope to catch up for another class soon!

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