Loa Ryan, a master Tsimshian basket maker, educator, and consultant, made the beautiful yellow cedar hatband that graces this hand-crocheted fedora.
Loa has won many awards at Native American art fairs and taught many people how to weave. She was born and raised in Old Metlakatla, British Columbia, and lives in Bremerton, Washington.
Mary Walker met Loa and her daughter Teresa at this year’s Heard Museum Indian market. Loa’s yellow cedar hatband came home with her.
About This Ra-Ra Raffia Fedora
When Mary crocheted this Ra-Ra Raffia Fedora using the Cowboy Hat Fedora Secret pattern by Natalia Maksiuta, she thought the hatband looked good with it. Natalia creates some of the best patterns for raffia from her home in Ukraine. When Mary became interested in raffia, Natalia’s patterns and their accompanying video tutorials became her go-to sources for working with this new-to-her material.
Millinery wire and fabric stiffener help hold the hat’s shape. To see if the hat fits you, measure your head where you want a hat to sit. Ra-ra Raffia is:
- simple to clean with a damp cloth
Try It On, or Join Our Crochet-Along
You can stop by the store and try this hat on in Gallup. Or get Mary to sign you up for our Fedora Hat Crochet-Along and create your version!
If you like Loa’s hatband but don’t want the hat, we’ll be glad to remove the band carefully.
|11 × 11.5 × 7 in
7 (56 cm, 22 inches, Medium)