Raffia Embroidery Hoop Art Workshop – Beginners Embroidery


Learn a new craft & celebrate Caribbean culture this Black History Month! Join us for a fun and creative raffia embroidery workshop.

£30.00 Location : Greater London

Learn a new craft & celebrate Caribbean culture this Black History Month! Join us for a fun and creative raffia embroidery workshop.

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Course Details :-
  • In-Person Course
  • October 26, 2023 - October 26, 2023
  • 2hrs

Learn how to embroider with raffia and create your own tropical wall art 

Join us for an exciting workshop where you will learn the basics of raffia embroidery and create a piece of raffia embroidery wall art. You have the option to choose between a floral hibiscus flower or a tropical monstera leaf design*. Don’t worry about bringing anything with you - all the materials and equipment will be provided.

*The hoop art we'll be making in the workshop is smaller than pictured on this listing. The images used on this listing is for illustrative purposes.

This workshop also celebrates the 75th anniversary of Windrush, a pivotal moment in British history when thousands of people from the Caribbean arrived in the UK to start a new life. Attendees will get the chance to learn a little bit more about the Windrush Generation, Caribbean culture and crafts.

Brightly-coloured raffia enbroidery can be found all over the Caribbean and is synonymous with Windrush-era households, where it is often found as wall hangings, baskets, fans and placemats. I'm passionate about introducing my modern interpretation of traditional Caribbean craft to a new audience and I'm excited to be working with Diverse Gifts to do this at this workshop!

Beginner? This workshop is completely beginner-friendly, all you need is the enthusiasm to try something new. You'll leave the workshop with a beautiful piece of raffia embroidery that you can hang up at home and some newfound embroidery skills. If you don't finish on time, you'll have everything you need to finish at home.

It's a relaxing and mindful way to spend an evening, and you'll also learn something new about the Caribbean.

Workshop Details:

Date: Thursday 26th October

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Location: Diverse, 390 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8LF.

This workshop has been developed by Tihara Smith with the support of Diverse Gifts, Brixton for Black History Month 2023.

Please note that filming/photography will take place at the workshop for promotional and archival purposes. The photographs and recordings made are likely to appear on our website, and social media and may be used in third-party publications. If you would prefer not to be photographed, just let us know on the day.

About your teacher:

Tihara Smith is a fashion designer and textile artist who specialises in raffia embroidery. Tihara developed her raffia embroidery technique when creating her Windrush-inspired graduate collection in 2018. An outfit from this collection was acquired by the Museum of London in 2021 to help preserve and tell the Windrush story to present and future visitors.

Tihara is passionate about sharing her love of Caribbean culture through her work. In this workshop, she will teach you the basics of raffia embroidery and help you create your own beautiful piece of art.

About Diverse:

Diverse is an award-winning, independent gift store based in the heart of Brixton, South London. Founded in 1999 by Anita Thorpe, Diverse offers gifts and lifestyle products that show the world as it is and should be - diverse and inclusive - by centering on the work by creatives of colour & stocking independent artists and makers whose products align with the same values.

A Note on Refunds & Cancellations

This workshop has a no-refund policy to ensure that we cover the costs and viability of the workshop.

However, we do appreciate that sometimes unforeseen circumstances may mean that you can’t attend a workshop. In this case, we are happy for you to send along a friend to take your place (we just need their name and email address prior to the workshop). You can make a refund request, but they will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We are unlikely to give a refund if requested within 48 hours before the event.

If we need cancel the workshop due to unforeseen circumstances, we will aim to give you as much notice as possible of the cancellation and you will be refunded. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any liability for travel or other costs.

What's included in the price

Learn a new skill - Create a beautiful piece of art, which you get to take home with you - Celebrate the Windrush Generation - Celebrate Black History Month - Learn about Caribbean crafts - Relax and unwind whilst being creative


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