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paper straw?

I just bought a crocheted straw cloche made out of paper straw (this hat, for the curious). I like it a lot and would like to make some of my own, but I can't seem to find any information or sources on the material. I know crocheted goods can be made from raffia too, but I can't find any information on how that is done. Most of the craft raffia I see seems pretty messy for that kind of work.

Basically, I'd like to make some hats out of some straw-like natural material. Can anyone help me out with how-to information or sources for the materials? Thank you!


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Apr. 16th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
I don't think raffia would be as messy as you think. Raffia is very strong in it's length, but the strands can be seperated easily, so a thick strand could be made thinner just by pulling it in to two. The actual package of raffia might be messy, but the crocheting of it would be perfectly straightforward.

You know, I've got a flower shop with tons of raffia, a crochet hook, and a lot of time on my hands lately...I'll let you know how it works out!
Apr. 16th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
I mostly see bundles of raffia already separated, but not very long strands. It seems like I'd have a LOT of ends to weave in, unless they're usually just tied together for this sort of thing? If you do any experimentation with it, I'd LOVE to hear back about it.

I'm surprised there's not more information about crafting with it online! Straw hats are so nice for the summer.
Apr. 16th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Found a hat pattern: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/cchs-hatAdult.html

I'll have a go tomorrow:)
Apr. 18th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
I have been playing around with crocheting raffia this morning. I ended up soaking some in water to make it softer, and crocheting some flower motifs. To be honest, it doesn't work great. The problem is that it is mostly soft, but it gets woody in places and so it looks really uneven. Also the lack of stretch makes it not very much fun to crochet, good thing I have strong fingers!

I think it would only really be suitable for maybe making a hat in sc, that way all the knots could be left on the inside. You'd have to really be into the idea, though! I think it would be a lot easier to use wraphia, which is synthetic raffia, it is a little stretchy and is in one continuous spool. But then it's not really natural.

It was a fun experiment, though! Looking around at other things to crochet:)
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