This gurl has been wantin' to try croshayin' with raffia for a while now.
I purchased some raffia spools from here.
They're reasonably priced at $3.26 a spool and come in a variety of colors.
Each spool has 100 yards. I used almost 4 spools on this bag.
You can order the matte or a pearlized type. I chose matte.
( I'm not promotin' them. Just providin' the link in case you want to try raffia.)
It has a light waxy feel to it so it's really easy to crochet with.
I winged it with the cross stitch rose design.
No pattern, just chose the cotton yarn colors I wanted and started stitchin.
I started with this bag pattern because I wanted a the bag to have a flat bottom and then changed the strap because I wanted more of a messenger type of bag.
I think the strap should be a bit shorter as raffia tends to stretch.
I'm happy with how it turned out and can't wait to make myself a hat with raffia.