I am posting this rudimentary class syllabus because I have been working for days trying to determine a good time frame (length of class vs instruction imparted) that would give a student the skills to master making hats, brim variety, bags, placemats and basically any shape you wanted with your raffia braids.
UNFORTUNATELY, I feel that there is NO way to do this class in one session. It would have to be done in TWO sessions. WHY? Because, you will need to learn, from easiest to hardest, a three strand braid (MOST know this!), a four strand braid, and the most difficult, a five strand braid. This can be difficult for some, easier for others – we are all different! However, it takes a good several yards of braid to have enough to get going on learning the basic stitches, shaping stitches and turnings to make the different shapes. A beginner can no way get that much braid done in a day (we will be doing the 5 strand for the hat)! So this class must be a 2 session class, a week apart.