Raffia Basket Weaving Workshop

Sydney Innerwest Weaving Workshop

2.5 hours Class size 1 to 6 label $125 or 4 payments of $31.25 Afterpay

Your teacher, Heather Hunt is COVID-19 aware

This means that this teacher won't run a class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant state restrictions (e.g. on maximum number of students per class)

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.

Aside from this class, this teacher also has the following coming up:

Knowledge Required
Perfect for beginners.
What you'll get
The all materials required to make a small bowl in the workshop and to make another at home.
What to bring
Everything supplied included refreshments and cheese platter
Suitable for

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

This would also be a great Xmas gift idea.


Balmain, NSW

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

Your teacher
Heather Hunt
Heather Hunt

5.0 (23)

Heather opened her Studio East Village Art House, located in leafy Balmain East initially to continue teaching art to adults and school children after school and during school holidays. She had been teaching as an early childhood educator and decided on a change incorporating the best part of her day, teaching art.

Now, she has decided to extend the workshops on offer to adults as well, with a wealth of talent in textile art as well Art workshops. She extended her interest and knowledge when she and her family set up home in Tokyo for five years where she learnt ceramics, Satchiko, Boro embroidery and Sumie ( ink painting) and she makes her own ink from charcoal and gold leaf. Her studio is bright and welcoming located in the front of the family home.

Verified reviews

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

Rafia Hussain • Jun 2020

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.

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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

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

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

Joanne • Aug 2019

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!

Textiles workshop review by Joanne
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