Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax

23 February 2009

The book I’ve been writing, Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax, is now ready for sale. It contains detailed instructions for weaving fifteen different flower and foliage designs as well as different variations of several of the designs. The book also includes examples of flower arrangements for the designs, and additional flax foliage ideas for flower arrangements. Most of the flower designs can be woven from a single flax leaf, and are very quick to weave once you’ve had a bit of practice — many of them are much quicker to weave than the flower design shown on the Weaving a flax flower page in the Instructions section of this website.

Flowers woven from flax have become very popular over the last couple of years or so. Bunches of woven flax flowers are now offered for sale on TradeMe, and on the websites of Sema Morris and Tahi, (link now broken), and many school teachers are beginning to show their students how to weave flax flowers. I know from my own flax weaving workshops that people of all ages are keen to learn how to weave flowers — as wedding bouquets, gifts or decorations in their own home.

Woven flowers also make great projects for a beginner in flax weaving, and one of the advantages of flax flowers is that any variety of New Zealand flax can be used to weave them, including the coloured, variegated flaxes that are often grown as decorative garden plants throughout the world. Most of the instructions in the book are illustrated with the coloured flaxes, and show how nice they look as woven flowers. Of course, New Zealand flax is not essential for weaving flowers. As I mention on my History page, Māori traditionally used many different plants for weaving. Really, any plant with reasonably long, strong leaves can be used for weaving flowers.

Although most of the designs in the book are made from a single flax leaf, a few designs or variations are rather more elaborate, and one or two — like the sunflower shown on the right — require many leaves. Other photos from the book are shown in my Book page, which I’ve just added to advertise the book, including instructions on how to purchase it.

At the same time that I’m putting up this blog post, I’m also emailing all the people who have asked to be notified when the book came out, including some people who bought an earlier booklet that I put together rather quickly in 2007 when I was invited to tutor flower weaving to the conference delegates of the OSCAR after-school programme. (Up till now, I’ve called the current book a booklet, but as it is now over a hundred pages in length and has its own ISBN number, I think I can fairly describe it as a book!)

Incidentally, the price of the book is considerably higher than the earlier booklet. This reflects the increase in size, from a 16-page booklet of 5 flower designs with small photographs to a 115-page book of 12 flower designs and 3 foliage designs with much larger photographs and more detailed instructions, as well as flower arrangements and additional flax foliage ideas.

I imagine those who purchased the earlier booklet will find the book greatly improved. As well as the increase in size and detail, the quality of the photographs, instructions and layout is also much improved. However, I’ve no doubt that the book can be improved still further. If you buy the book, do post a comment below if you can see how it might be improved, or post a question if any of the instructions are not entirely clear. If you’re considering buying the book, and there’s anything you’d like to know about it, please don’t hesitate to ask. Also, if you have a digital photo of a flower or flowers you have made — or a photo of another version of a woven flower that you’d like to share — you can use a free photo-sharing website such as www.flickr.com, and put a link to the photo in my comment box.

Update February 2011
The book is now in its second edition, and contains 127 pages with instructions for sixteen flower and foliage designs. The sixteenth flower is shown on Beachcombing for flaxworks.

Update 29 July 2013
The book is now in its third edition, and contains 148 pages with instructions for nineteen flower and foliage designs. Three illustrations from the third edition are shown on the blog post, Netted flax flowers.

159 Responses to “Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax”

  1. Brenda Says:

    I found, Weaving Flowers very informative and thorough with easy to follow instructions. I would recommend this book highly to beginners and experienced weavers alike. Well done Ali.

  2. Karen Kotecki Says:

    I would like to buy your new book. I’m in the U.S.
    I have a pay pal account if that works best.

    Karen Kotecki
    W366 S4340 Hwy 67
    Dousman, WI 53118
    U.S.A.

  3. Ali Says:

    Hi Karen

    Thanks for your order for the book. Yes, Paypal works best for orders from the USA and I’ve just sent your invoice. The shipping-inclusive price to send the book to the USA is NZ$49. You can check the details on the Book page on my web site.

  4. Faye Says:

    Your book has arrived at the National Library for our collections, and I’m very keen to get my own personal copy. There is a lovely variety of flowers and ways of arranging- great to get new ideas. There are so few resources for weavers so great to have something new. I’ve already passed on the link to my weaving group, and also some friends in other libraries- so I hope you get more orders from this!

  5. Carrie Snowden Says:

    The book arrived today and so far it looks brilliant. Will be showing to the others in our weaving group tomorrow. Will be fun to make them as a group.

    You have completed rather a master piece here and would look forward to the time you might put together another book for beginner weavers for kete making as there is so little available and so many people not able to source tuition. Not everyone is fortunate to have a weaving group to go to. Thank you for the many hours you have put in to get this book into print.

  6. Bev Vellenoweth Says:

    I am so thrilled with my copy of your book. So many different flowers to make with such detailed and clear instructions. Also great to see such creativity. Our weaving group is also suitably impressed and most have asked me to order them a copy.
    Thankyou for sharing your ideas with us.

  7. Ali Says:

    Hi Brenda, Faye, Carrie, Bev

    Thanks for your comments — and thanks for the order for 10 books, Bev. It’s the biggest order from a weaving group I’ve had so far! It was also good to hear that one of your members immediately made one of the flowers by following the instructions.

  8. Orlaith Says:

    Ali
    It is a fantastic book - it arrived about 4 days ago and I have been beavering away ever since. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and the results are so amazing! I still have to get to grips with dyeing the flax but once i have that under my belt, I will post some pics but already the flowers I am producing under your instruction are so impressive. Thank you for your wonderful book and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. Seemingly we have an old similar weaving tradition with reeds, if when I find out more I will let you know. Happy Paddy’s day to everyone on the 17th!
    best regards
    orlaith

  9. Ali Says:

    Hi Orlaith

    The book arrived quickly didn’t it? I sent it on the 3rd of March and you must have received it about the 12th!

    I’m so glad the instructions are working for you. I’m not surprised to hear about the Irish tradition of weaving reeds — weaving seems to be almost universal. It was also good to hear that you have plenty of NZ flax handy in Ireland — in gardens and road verges — because it’s so good to weave with.

    Yes, do let us know about the Irish weaving tradition, and do post some pics.

  10. Anne Says:

    Thank you for the book - it is fantastic. The instructions are beautifully clear. I also really appreciated you sorting out the mail problem so quickly and with no hassles :)

    Hope you do well with sales :)

  11. Bonnie Says:

    I have an award for you over at my blog:
    http://weavingspirit.blogspot.com

  12. Kerri Says:

    Thank you Ali for sharing your skills, knowledge and creativity with us all. I love the book and have directed all my whanau and friends to your site. Would love to know a little bit about you, how long you’ve been weaving for etc. Maybe you could include it in your next book? Thanks also for autographing my treasured copy.

  13. Ali Says:

    Hi Kerri

    Glad you like the book. I’ve been weaving flax for about a decade now, see Star article. Before that I was involved in bobbin lacemaking, and also in other fibre/weaving crafts.

  14. Tamara Huaki Says:

    Hi Ali,

    Thanks for the book - it is wonderful and inspiring. I can’t wait to learn how to make each flower and committ them to memory.

    Regards,

    Tamara Huaki

  15. Ali Says:

    Hi Tamara

    Yes, that’s the best way isn’t it? Weaving doesn’t get its rhythm and flow until one’s fingers do the weaving all by themselves. :-)

  16. Margaret Ngapera Says:

    How can I buy the book Weaving Flowers from NZ harakeke.
    Also do you have a book for making Kete.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks Margaret.

  17. Ali Says:

    Hi Margaret

    You can buy the book directly from me. The book is $25 if you pay by direct credit into my bank account, (it can be more if you use other options) and the postage and packaging within New Zealand is $5. You can get my bank account information and more details from the Book page on my website. Alternatively, you could ask a local bookshop to order it, although the price would be higher through a bookshop.

    I don’t currently have a book for making ketes but I do describe several books on my Reviews page that you may find useful. They are all usually available from your local library.

  18. white Says:

    Please is the book on sale in england,also what is the isbn number . thank you

  19. Ali Says:

    The book does have its own ISBN number (978-0-473-14165-3) which I’ve added to the Book page on this web site.

    I haven’t as yet had any requests from book wholesalers or bookshops in England to purchase the book. However the book can be purchased directly by anyone from me using Paypal and I have already had several people in England buying the book this way. The details about how to do this are on the Book page.

  20. Maree Ruki Says:

    hi ali

    i have received book today and totally enjoy every aspect of it,
    i had looked at my friends one and wanted to get one straight away,as i did,no hassle.
    very easy guide as my daughters follow through and happy with results like me, thank you for putting this book out. :D :D

  21. Ali Says:

    Hi Maree

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the book and it’s good to hear that you and your daughters are finding the instructions easy to follow. Happy weaving!

  22. katarina Says:

    hi there, would like to purchase a copy of your book. how to i get a bank number to deposit money into and how do you know when that i made a deposit?

  23. Ali Says:

    Hi Katarina

    Thanks for your enquiry about my book. All the information on how to purchase the book, including the bank account number for direct deposit, are on the Book page of this web site. Email me when you’ve made the deposit and if you make your payment by following the instructions I’ve put on the book page, I’ll be able to identify your payment.

  24. Nadya Says:

    Nga mihi nui ki a koe Ali :0) Thanks for the book. Its fantastic and I look forward to making all the beautiful putiputi.

    Mauri ora
    Nadya

  25. Monique van der Byl Says:

    Hello:

    I love your weaving. I would like to buy your book. I would like to send you my Master card number so that you can send me your book.

    Let me know if that is OK.

    My address: 21155 County Road 21, R R 1, Alexandria, Ontario K0C 1A0

  26. Ali Says:

    Hi Monique

    Thanks for your interest in my book. I can accept Mastercard through Paypal and I’ve sent you an invoice through them.

    Is New Zealand flax grown widely in Canada? I know it grows in many parts of the world and it’s always interesting to hear first-hand about the extent of its use.

  27. Anita Allan Says:

    Hello and thank you for such an awesome book just bursting with beauty and amazing ideas. What a wonderful gift too for friend and whanau. I am going to purchase another book for a friend very soon. I can’t wait to master this bunch. Anita.

  28. Tanya Peters Says:

    Textilian and Fibre Head Paradise!!! I was shown how to weave one of your flowers and thought the person showing me was so very clever….until I found your website. Had to have the book immediately and just love it. Have many friends drooling over it now! I love to make eco art and this certainly is. The flax gardens in Perth, WA are being decimated…..and put to good use. I would love to visit one day and workshop with you.

  29. Lesley Jenkins Says:

    Hi Ali,

    I have had a quick flick through your book it looks absolutely fabulous. Can’t wait to get home and try some flowers.
    My friends also loved your book.
    Thank you so much for doing the book.
    Best regards
    Lesley

  30. Ali Says:

    Hi Lesley

    It’s good to hear the books arrived safely. Do you have a lot of flax in Norfolk Island? Do people use the new coloured hybrid flaxes in their gardens?

  31. Narene Chaffey Says:

    I have started weaving this year. Flowers are a great to weave and give to family and friends. Mrs Brown book on weaved flowers is simple and easy to follow with photos to match. I took my book to class and everyone there found it great.

    Thanks so much for writing it!!!!!

    Regards Narene

  32. Hannah Says:

    Hi Ali,
    Your book arrived this weekend and I have managed to practice a few of the flowers already. So far the instructions are clear and your illustrations are a fantastic inspiration.
    I was weaving this evening and on the telly came a documentary about the Sth Pacific and the animals that grace it with their presence, like the Kakapo and the Kea. I wove away, blistering with pride for coming from such a special place.

    Thanks again and best wishes,
    Hannah, UK

  33. Sheeanda Says:

    Kia ora,
    Thanks for this book… and soooo colourful too. I buy resources for a tertiary library and your book happened to come across my desk and I decided, after looking through it that I needed one for myself…. so thanks a bunch!

  34. Jackie Naylor Says:

    Kia ora Ali

    Just got your book and it only took a couple of days to arrive from NZ to the UK - it’s FAB!

    I learn flax weaving from my iwi on the east coast in Muriwai and I have just been invited to run some flax flower weaving workshops for the Summer Festival at the private boarding school where I work.

    So, thought I would get your book in time to brush up on the history of flax/weaving etc. and I love allt he varieties of flowers and will definitely try some.

    Well done.

    Jackie

  35. Kim Says:

    Hi Ali,

    I live in Australia and I would like to buy your book. I have a paypal account to transfer payment through.

    Many thanks,
    Kim

  36. Tania N. Says:

    Hi Ali,

    Just love your book. Its so informative with easy to follow instructions, even I can understand as I don’t like learning like this I’m more visual and learn better that way. Well done Ali, theres nothing left out it covers so much.I wish you well, Kia ora.

    Thanks heaps,
    Tarnz

  37. Rochelle Says:

    Kia Ora Ali

    I first came across your website a year and a half ago when I was looking for instructions on how to weave flax flowers. I wanted to make them for a display within my classroom that incorporated the bicultural aspect of our Religious Education programme. I returned to your site to look for instructions on how to weave flax roses when I noticed you had a book for sale and decided I needed to have this book, not forgetting to mention the affordable price!!

    As soon as I got it, I had to share it with the rest of our staff. We were all in agreement in how beautifully presented and informative this book was, including step-by-step processes with very clear images and a range of different flowers!! I truly am thankful and wish you all the very best for the future.

    People, if you are interested in a weaving book to buy, this is the one for you!! Don’t miss this opportunity, it is well worth the money.

    Kindest regards and blessings
    Rochelle

  38. Craigie Says:

    Hi Ali
    Love your book - the instructions are so easy to follow and your ideas are great. Very inspiring!
    Thanks heaps
    Craigie

  39. ANNETTE BALDERSTONE Says:

    Hi Ali
    Have recently purchased your book and took it along to a weaving course run by Mureen Harte in Golden Bay. She loved it as did the class, well done and thanks so much. Annette

  40. Ivana Kanakova Says:

    Im very glad I found this book in a library and later on I also ordered it. There is so few resources for “weavers” and this one is really handfull. Nice and clear pictures are very detailed. This book is awesome and I am taking it home to Europe with me!

  41. Fiona Says:

    Hi Ali
    I had wanted your book since I first saw you were writing it. I asked my parents to give it to me for my birthday. Wow it’s so much more comprehensive than I ever expected, I have been weaving for 3 years - but the quality of my flowers improved dramatically within a week of receiving your book. Dad also was very pleased with the level of communication and service from you during the ordering process. Thanks heaps. I’m about to order another one for a friend’s birthday!!!

  42. wayne Says:

    Excellent book. Very well presented with clear photos and easy to follow instructions. Our flax flower weaving has improved immensely. Thanks Ali.

  43. Rita Says:

    Hi Ali,
    saw your book at a recent weavers wananga at Mangawhai (my dear friend Marie Flavell brought it along). This is great, I can weave a kete in no time at all but any form of flower is always such a struggle and most seasoned weavers won’t touch the subject… I started making all sorts of flowers strait away (much to the surprise of my fellow weavers there who expect me to have at least two kete done by lunch time…) - so thanks for your great work and I think I will order one at a later stage as well (good to know you use paypal as well) - always good to speed up the memory. Cheers Rita PS: love your website to!

  44. Pixiepants Says:

    This book is AMAZING! love love love and so easy to follow :)

  45. Florist Christchurch Says:

    This book seems to be amazing. I love to have one. Weaving flowers is cool!!

  46. kylie Says:

    kia ora i just recieved my book the other day and it was the best thing i have brought in a long time. I have been weaving for a few years now but had limited ideas on making flowers or arrangements. i have found this the best book i have seen in a long time and i will treasure it forever, even my children can follow the simple instrucions i have recomended this website to so many people and now i will recomend this book it was an awesome book thanks ali.

  47. Glynn Says:

    He pai rawa atu tenei pukapuka. This is a great book and very easy to follow instructions. Awesome website as well.Best money I’ve spent in a long time.

  48. Louana Turner Says:

    kia ora just wondering how much it would cost to buy your book i taught myself how to do afew bouquets and the roses and some takai just looking at ways to extend my variety i could pay for the book in 3weeks with credit card is that okay awaiting a reply please to my email account.

  49. Ali Says:

    Thanks everyone for all the comments you’ve made about the book. It’s good to know that the instructions are easy to follow and that you’re enjoying making the flowers. Happy weaving!

  50. Tania Conroy Says:

    kia ora, ali.
    i would love to buy your book, i have a couple of nanas who r every interested in learing your flowers.
    i my self have done sum of your flowers, but would luv to get to do more.i have left my email, and would luv to hear from you. thanks so much. tan

  51. Ali Says:

    Kia ora Tania

    Thanks for your interest in my book. All the information about how to buy my book Weaving Flowers from New Zealand flax are on the Book page of this website.

  52. frances hepi-rata Says:

    Hi Ali
    I just absolutely agree with all the other readers.Your book is fantastic.Best investment I’ve made in ages.I’m just waiting for some nice dry, warm weather so I can go out and gather some harakeke and get weaving. Your instructions are so clear and easy to follow.My son is getting married next year and I might just surprise them and make their floral dec’s for their special day.
    thanks so much Ali.Looking forwasrd to your next book>(-;
    Regards Frances

  53. Tracey Says:

    Hi Ali,
    Wow!!! Thank you so much for your wonderful book, this book is the best book I have brought in a long time. Your flowers are amazing, I’m so glad you have taken the time to put this incredible book together. Ever since I received my first flax bouquet 3 years ago I have wanted nothing more than to learn how to make them myself, and thanks to your easy to follow book me and my children have some great school holiday projects on the go. Thank you again and I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for any future books you release.
    Thank you :-)
    Arohanui Tracey

  54. Denise Says:

    Hi Ali

    Would like to say your that book is awesome. Have never really been able to grasp the technique of making putiputi, but the pictures and instructions certainly help. Thank you for the great resource and will be keen to see more books in the future
    Thanx
    Denise

  55. Karuna Says:

    what a beautiful book. thank you for sharing your amazing knowledge and tradition. I’m really looking forward to trying some of these flowers. thank you,K

  56. Sujata Gush Says:

    What a lovely, lovely book! I want to make everything in it!

    Thank you so much Ali for sharing your craft. Its awesome!

    Sujata

  57. Sartia Says:

    Kia ora

    I was wondering if you made bouquets to order?

    Thanks

    Sartia

  58. Ali Says:

    Kai ora Sartia

    Thanks for your enquiry. No I don’t make bouquets to order but do check out my Links page on this website for people who do.

  59. Jeanette Watt Says:

    This book is awesome.Thank you for writing it Ali.
    I cannot wait to make some “putiputi” for my house and family.

  60. Patricia Ngaropo Says:

    Hi! Ali, your book is Wonderful. I take it with me wherever I go.Love the Koru pattern and all the others.Thanks again for such a detailed book, best Iv’e seen yet…..

  61. faye wicker Says:

    good morning Ali,
    just received my book re flowers and am in awe.
    had to have a go as soon as I got home.I planted
    flax 3 year ago in anticipation of future creations. Have about 4 variety and was fun selecting my starter pack. I was introduced to harakeke via a night class at local wananga, alas
    I dropped out early as I couldn’t cope with the
    classroom work and running a business fulltime. the course ran over 3 nights per week for 3 terms.
    I think I lasted 1 term.
    I beat myself up for not coping and wish it could have been easier, some people
    just want to create, now I can. I have learnt the
    basics re kono, kete kumara etc, & dyeing. when the chips were down and I wasn’t getting it I thought making flowers would have given the old morale a boost, alas that is not what they did. so here I am. ready to pick up the threads again.
    thankyou heaps for the best book I now own.
    and definitely room for you to produce a kete book,
    so good old crafters like me can just get on with it.
    regards faye

  62. kylie Says:

    thanks for sharing that wonderful book with us

  63. Hiria Says:

    Kia ora
    Just wondering if you were taught how to weave or if you’ve picked it up yourself. Reason for my question is if you have been taught - there are no thank yous to those people.
    I must say you have some beautiful work and I have your book on flowers. That’s where I noticed no acknowledgments.

  64. Ali Says:

    Kia ora Hiria

    I’ve picked up my weaving skills from a variety of sources. Mainly, I learn by playing around, and also from reading books and going on courses, and talking to people who have been doing it for years.

    Currently I’m working on a technique for making a pohutakawa flower to use as a hair ornament for a contestant in a beauty pageant. If the technique turns out to be a successful way to make a pohutakawa flower, then I’ll add the technique to my book “Weaving Flowers from New Zealand flax”.

  65. Myra Hicks Says:

    Hi Ali, I am interested in purchasing your book via snail mail. I live in Melbourne Australia. Can you give me a price to cover. I have no weaving experience at all, do you forsee me being able to start on my own from scratch and completing at least one item. Also, can you suggest another material other than flax as we don’t have local supply. I look forward to your response.

    Myra.

  66. Ali Says:

    Hi Myra

    The price for a book to Australia is NZ$40 if you’re paying through Paypal. I’ll send you an invoice.

    I’m sure you will be able to make most of the flowers in the book. People have emailed me telling me how easy the instructions are to follow so I think you’ll be OK.

    You can use Astelia or palm leaves or any tough fibrous leaf to make the flowers. You could also try corn husks.

  67. Jan Holt Says:

    A few years ago I helped the children at Hira School (just outside Nelson) to make flax flowers for presentation to performers in a show that they put on for the local community. I wish that I had had your book then !!! It is a valuable resource for all levels of ability.
    Thanks a bundle!

  68. Elizabeth Says:

    Hi Ali

    I have had your book for a few weeks now and loving it to bits. My mum showed me a few and then my interest was sparked. I then found your sight, got the book and now there is no turning back.

    A friend is getting married in March and I will be doing the flowers for the wedding, so have been putting in hours and hours of practice. The tips and techniques in your book have been priceless. I have followed them step by step to create the “prototype” and then added a few “finishing” touches as I bring it all together.

    The book is fantastic and well worth the money.

    Thank you so much for your mahi to make this book happen.

    I see from your comments that you are looking to add a pohutukawa to the book (if it works out). Are you able to somehow do an “additions” part to your book - I am happy to pay, but I would like to keep my book up to date with all of your new creations.

    It might be too hard to keep track of it though, so kei te pai if it won’t work.

    Thanks again

  69. Olivia Says:

    Thank Ali, i received your book not long after it was on the shelves from my employers and fell in love with it. Not long after that we held a wananga learning how to make flax flowers which all stemmed from your book. I must send you some photos. We all thoroughly enjoyed our two days. Beautifully illustrated and easy to follow. Thank you. Just today one of the women showed me her first flower and left it at our school. Her next task was a flax flower bouquet.

  70. Ali Says:

    Hi Olivia
    Thanks so much for letting me know about your wananga. It’s great to hear that the book is inspiring people to get together and share their interest and enjoyment of learning to weave flax flowers. Do send me some photos if you have them and I’ll put them up here.

  71. Ali Says:

    Hi Elizabeth

    Thanks for your comments about the book and well done with all the weaving you are doing. I do hope you send some photos so that I can put them up on my blog and we can all see your creativity.

    Yes I did end up making a pohutukawa flower that is designed to be worn as a hair adornment. I do plan to update my book Weaving Flowers from New Zealand flax and instructions for the pohutukawa flower will be in that. However it will be a wee while away yet.

  72. tash Says:

    Hi Ali, I am interested in buying your book, can I be cheeky and ask that when I do - would you be able to send me a photocopy of the pohutukawa flower instructions? cheers

  73. Ali Says:

    Hi Tash

    Sorry but I don’t have any written instructions for the pohutukawa yet. I made it as a prototype, which meant making lots of changes and adjustments and I went along, and so I didn’t photograph the process. However, I will do instructions sometime this year and include it in an updated version of my book.

  74. Joyce Says:

    Kia Ora Ali, I recently purchased 3 books one each for two aunties and one for myself. So lovely that someone is willing to share and to part with their knowledge so willingly. A treasured addition to my book collection.

  75. Sarah Says:

    Hi Ali

    Your book arrived this morning and I haven’t had the chance to read it properly yet.. but I have skimmmed through it and from what I saw I am so excited I just can’t wait to get down and at it, lol.

    A well presentd book with instructions and diagrams that couldn’t be any clearer and it is so encouraging.. especially for a newby like me.

    Thank you so much Ali for a giving us a glimpse of your special talent and sharing your knowledge with us all.

    I am also keen to learn kiti weaving too. Do you have a book available with instructions on how to weave kiti please.

  76. Ali Says:

    Hi Sarah

    I’m glad you like the look of my book.

    Check out my Reviews page for some books that have some instructions for kete-making.

    You may also be interested to know that I have recently started writing a book on weaving baskets, or kete, but it’s not easy to predict how long it will take to complete. My first book took about 18 months to complete, so this one may be similar but I really don’t know. The best thing to do is to keep an eye on my blog for updates.

  77. Shirley McClutchie Says:

    Hi Ali.
    Thanks for the book, I’m very impressed. I made a rose first go with your easy to follow photographs
    and processes. I will keep watching for any other books you endevour to put together.

  78. Eileen Says:

    Hi Ali
    Just received book in the mail and have been out looking for flax in our area. I’m so glad flax is now being used quite a lot in Sydney as a decorative plant and so far have been able to obtain enough supplies..but now I have your book I cant wait to get int o weaving and particularly having a go at dyeing. Thanks for a great publication

  79. Makere Says:

    Hi there, I’ve ordered a book and waiting for it to arrive by courier. My colleague purchased one a few months ago and I have to say that I loved it so much and found it so user friendly that I decided to invest in one for our workplace. We are social workers in schools and this is a brilliant resource to have. I can’t wait to receive the book and look forward to using it with my students!!!

  80. Te Ruru Thatcher-Umuroa Says:

    Well done Ali - all of the photography is clear, instructions clear. You need to put this out into all school libraries or resource centres. I will share your ideas with the small community I work in in the Hokianga and one will go into the school library. Might be a good idea to write a bit more about yourself, and a photo as I would like to know who this brilliant person is. Brilliant resource anyway Ali.

  81. Taalo Grant Says:

    I have no weaving experience whatsoever. I am a sch secretary who ordered your book for our Kura. it will be a well used resource. When it arrived i gave your orchid a go with success. All instructions given are so simple!! Photos are nice and clear and easy to follow.
    You have a beautiful gift and I thank you for sharing it with all other weavers through your book.

  82. Ali Says:

    Kia ora Te Ruru

    Thanks for your suggestion about writing a bit about myself. I will probably do this soon. In the meantime, there is some information on the blog post An Article in the Christchurch Star.

  83. Dot Sykes Says:

    Hi Ali, I received my book today and My Heap Big Provider (Hubby) is wondering where dinner is but he is used to that being married to a floral designer. Being dyslexic I do have trouble with instructions but find your book very easy to follow.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent.Weaving is a fabulous pastime and there is nothing more relaxing then sitting around with a group of friends or with the grand children having a go at creating something from flax.

  84. Sheryle Sice Says:

    Can you purchase this book in Australia and from where

  85. Ali Says:

    Hi Dot
    It’s good to hear that the instructions are easy to follow for someone with dyslexia and I’m glad you’re enjoying the book.

    Hi Sheryle
    There are currently no outlets in Australia selling the book but you can purchase it directly from me by paying through PayPal. All the information about this is on the Book page of this web site.

  86. Cherry Hick Says:

    This would have to be the most user - friendly instructional book I know of - I just can’t wait until I can have a go at everything. Keep up the great work including your blog site. I just apologise for thime it has taken me to comment being that the book was delivered within a couple of days. You truly have an amazing talent - thankyou for sharing.

  87. BestBlooms Auckland florist Says:

    Congratulations on a wonderful book - i have managed to get my hands on a copy and it is brilliant. Really helped me to stretch my skills in weaving NZ flax flowers to add to our designs.
    Love seeing all your positive feedback too!
    Well done and thank you :)

  88. Joan Bracken Says:

    Thanks for writng such a great book. It is so simple to understand. I just wish I had sent for it from you direct. But I was to impatient to wait. So I bought at a local bookshop. Iam really looking forward to getting into making bunches of flowers.Thankyou for your great website. look forward to getting more great ideas from you.

  89. Carrie Smith Says:

    Kia ora Ali,
    Thank you so much for sending me your great book. It is beautifully designed and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I haven’t even had it a week and already have a huge vase full of putiputi.
    I can’t wait to get back to Chch and sign up for some of your courses.
    Hei kona mai - Carrie :-)

  90. Matehuirua Limmer Says:

    Ali I have just been given you book as a gift, I feel like I am really privilidged to have received this taonga. It is brilliant, easy to follow and nicely illustrated. I that sales are successful for you.

    Noho ora mai ra

  91. J Cawston Says:

    WOW a amazing book. My partner who is a top tattoo artist was in awe! Can you give sum addvice about spray painting the flowers?

  92. Debz Archer Says:

    What an awesome book. Easy to follow instructions with great photos to back the instructions.
    Well done Ali on a fantastic book.

  93. Leonie Lewis Says:

    I’m so glad I came across your website after a random search on more information regarding weaving. I received the book and am so very happy I ordered it. I highly recommend to anyone beginner or expert as the detail and pictures help in so many ways. I am a novice but could follow the instructions so very easily. This is a Taonga to be treasured:)
    Thank you so much for an AWESOME! book

  94. Nicole Says:

    Hey Ali,
    Great book!! I love the range of all the amazing colourful beautiful flowers to create! I look forward to making more (time is hard to come by with two young kids and a house bus) and i want more dyes first! :) Also I had two friends come over (who have only woven once before) they picked up the book, looked at the pictures and made 2 really lovely lillies really fast, easy to follow! Great work Ali! Thank you very much!! So much fun creating to be had!

  95. Joanne Courtney Says:

    Hi Ali Thanks for the quick sending of the book, I was given your name by a colleague at work who has been surfing the net she said this book was awesome you should have a look, which I did and have now purchased. I am a kindergarten teacher and have loved making flax works for a long time but never known what there names were. I have made most of the flowers in your book through experimenting, but now I have a name for them.
    Thank you for an awesome book.
    Regards
    Joanne

  96. Margaret Bedggod Says:

    hi Ali thank you for a fast delivery. The pictures are so clear i am able to weave and look at pictures at the same time
    Thank you for a book that is so easy to understand
    goodluck with sales
    Margaret

  97. Rei Warren Says:

    Tena koe Ali
    Inspirational book with clear instructions and great pictures. Thanks a bunch
    Rei

  98. Sarah W Says:

    Hi there!
    Recieved your book yesterday, and have just made my first flower! Am looking to make the flowers for my wedding bouquet and centrepieces, and with your clear instructions and pictures I really think its possible!
    Thanks again for putting this information together.
    Cheers,
    S

  99. Sandy Bartlett Says:

    Hi Ali,
    Thanks a million for your super efficient delivery. A pretty inspirational book with easy step by step instructions. Looking forward too creating some exciting pieces myself. Also a great book for sharing and creating with others.
    Thanks very much.
    Cheers Sandy.

  100. Julie Says:

    Hi Ali

    Thanks very much for sending the book so quickly. Have only had a quick look but tonight when kids are in bed I’m going to sit down and have a really good look. What I’ve seen looks impressive.
    Thanks again.

    Julie

  101. chrissy baker Says:

    Hi ya Ali

    Hi wondering where i can get your book??? Im really keen to learn how to make flax flowers as i would like to make them for my wedding next year.

  102. Ali Says:

    Hi Chrissy

    You can buy the book directly from me. All the details about buying it are on the Book page of this web site.

  103. pauline julian Says:

    i am not sure if this is going to be on twice as i thought i entered it last night but can’t find my comments on your blog…… so here i go again.
    i just received your book for xmas and it is the best xmas present i could have been given. i have dabbled in harakeke in the past but i love these short projects and am able to teach them to my students at school……senior special needs students. please let me know if you run any courses in the bottom half of the nth isl as i would be a starter. thanks again
    arohanui ….. Pauline

  104. nancy whyte Says:

    hi ali just recieved the book excellant easy to follow instructions I am so wrapped hey ali whats that machne called that does those lacey flax some say a pasta machine i know they are quite expensive but yeah I am going to start up my own art club ivve been flat out doing korowai piupius taniko ketes to tell you the truth Ive never been interested in flax flowers til I surf the net and came across your page and well yes many others and they look so beautiful if they are done properly great job ali cheers

  105. Ali Says:

    Hi Nancy
    Glad you’re enjoying the book. Yes it’s a pasta machine that people use to make the lacey flax. You may need to iron the flax once you’ve put it through the machine. You can often buy second hand pasta machines through TradeMe.

    Addendum, 29 July 2013
    Since writing this comment, I have a new understanding of the legal situation regarding netting flax, and have updated the netted flax section of this website to reflect the correct information.

  106. Jerolyn Crute Says:

    I would love to purchase your book. Please email me. I can pay through PayPal.

  107. Ali Says:

    Hi Jerolyn
    I have just sent you an email outlining the two different shipping options. Let me know which shipping option you prefer and I’ll send a PayPal invoice. The shipping options are also outlined on my Book page.

  108. Donna Says:

    Hi Ali

    First of all I hope you and all your family are ok after this earthquake.
    Thank you so much for the book it arrived really promptly. Im starting to get the hang of the flowers now- just looking for some bright colours to dye them(mine have all come out rather pale using dylon).

  109. Ali Says:

    Hi Donna

    Thanks for your thoughts. My family are all safe and well although we have a badly damaged house. Luckily we have a son we can stay with.

    Dylon dye does result in a paler colour but you’ll find Teri or Rit dyes will give you a strong colour. Check out my Dyeing flax page for contact information for these dyes.

  110. Stephen Clover Says:

    Hello,
    Would like to purchase a copy of ‘Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax’ online through my paypal.
    Stephen

  111. jannette Says:

    dear ali thankyou so much for quick response to sending book am delighted.do you have instructions for simple kete’s

  112. Ali Says:

    Hello Jannette

    I’m currently writing a book on how to make simple ketes, although the writing has been interrupted by the Christchurch earthquake. Keep an eye on my blog for an update on when the book will be published.

  113. Priscilla Says:

    HI ALI!

    Love your website! I check it out everyday. What a very beautiful woman you are for humbly sharing your knowledge and experience with everyone. And I definitly agree your book/s are a treasured taonga… My birthday is nearing and I have hinted out aloud to my children that I want Ali Brown’s Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax, second edition book, lol and their response…”yes mum we heard you like the last 50 times”. So I hope they got the hint :)

    Arohanui to you and your family, and I hope you’s are all well.

  114. Ali Says:

    Hi Priscilla

    Thanks for your comments and for the order for the second edition of the book. Glad to see your family took the hint!

  115. Lyle Norriss Says:

    I would like to purchase a copy of your book - could you please email me how I go about this?

    Regards

    Lyle

  116. Ali Says:

    Hello Lyle

    Thank you for your interest in my book. You can purchase it directly from me. All the information about how to go about this is on the Book page of this web site.

  117. Priscilla Says:

    Hi Ali

    Thank you so very much for your book, and prompt delivery. Your book is even more amazing holding it in my hands. Beautiful pictures and easy to follow instructions, which my son and I were able to follow and complete 5 assorted flowers so far. Just waiting for a couple of fine days to get more harakeke:)

    Arohanui

  118. Wendy Says:

    Dear Ali

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, I have bought your 2nd edition book and find your pictures and instructions very clear. Thank you for your creativity and willingness to help beginners like myself by posting ever new things on your blog.

    Kind regards,
    Wendy

  119. diana barlow Says:

    i would like 2 books of the Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax please i have put $66.50 dollars in to your bank to night
    d n barlow 125 Earn street appleby Invercargill post number 9822

  120. Ali Says:

    Hi Diana

    Thanks for the payment. I put the books in the post on the Saturday 17th September. Hope you enjoy it!

  121. Glynis Taylor-Manu Says:

    Hi Ali
    Just like to say thank you for your prompt service. I ordered my book Monday evening and it was here Wednesday morning. Awesome!!!! Considering you are in Christchurch and I am in New Plymouth.

  122. duncan parr Says:

    hi ali
    i will like a copy to be send oversea with express airmail paying with paypal
    thanks

  123. Ali Says:

    Hi Duncan

    Can you tell me which country you’d like the book to be sent to please, and then I can send you the PayPal invoice.

  124. Avalon Tepu-Takuira Says:

    Tena koe Ali

    I would like to purchase Weaving Flowers from NZ Flax, to also enquire of any further weaving book publications and the prices of each book please.

    Thank you
    Avalon

  125. Ali Says:

    Hi Avalon

    To order Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax, please see the instructions on my Book page. Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax is the only book I’ve written so far.

  126. Shar Says:

    Kia Ora Ali,
    I first bought your book here at a local bookshop in Gisborne for my aunt’s birthday, when she finally allowed anyone else to touch it I copied down the web address. I finally ordered my own copy last week and it arrived yesterday, but it seems I need to order myself yet another copy as another aunt was in raptures about the book and consequently left for home in the Waikato this morning with it tucked under her arm. The book is absolutely beautiful! Also looking through the web pages I was wondering is there any plans for another book for the other projects? I work with at risk teens and it would be great to have booklets or pamphlets for them to see.

  127. Elle Horo Says:

    Morena
    I decided to do my own flax flowers for our wedding and have found your book easy to follow, pictures are good for me, with step by step. My partner has become involved and have to admit his are better than mine. I continue to challenge myself with something new each week.

  128. Ali Says:

    Kia ora Elle

    Thanks for letting me know that you’ve found the book easy to follow and it’s great to hear that your partner is weaving too. I’d love to see some photos of your wedding flowers when they are made, if you feel like sending some to me. Good luck for your wedding!

  129. Lorna Rakena Says:

    Kia Ora Koutou,

    He mihi nui kia Ali mo to Pukapuka tino ataahua!!!

    i would like to express how awesome this book is especially for a novice like myself and yet just as helpful to a seasoned weaver like my nanny…this book is so easy to follow and the pictures are inspiring i am 26 yrs and after showing this book off to all my friends who usually arnt into this, are now wanting to start creating these beautiful putiputi for themselves (they all want to borrow my book but i tell em where they can get a copy of their own hehehe) for the price this book is well worth it especially since it will benefit generations to come…thank you so much Ali and look forward to reading or seeing more of your mahi… =]

  130. LEA Says:

    Hi Ali
    Love your book,easy to follow
    Have made one flower and was pleased with myself how it turned out. Can’t wait to do some more and get into dying them. My son is getting married at the end of the year so going to try doing some for that.

  131. Rosie Says:

    Tena koe Ali
    Thank you for your book, the instructions are easy to follow, I have started making flowers and I am pleased with the outcome. I find the softer flax easier to use when making flowers. I will start dying the flowers soon. I am helping my daughter to prepare for my sons wedding at the end of the year here in Christchurch. Thank you for your prompt delivery of the book, much appreciated.

  132. Donna Says:

    Just received my copy of your book, thank you so much, it has inspired all the wahine in my family, we are having woking bees together to produce table arrangements for my nephews wedding, It is incredibly generous of you to share your talent with the rest of us.:-)

  133. Maraea Says:

    Kia ora Ali, Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!! Your ‘Weaving Flowers from NZ Flax’ book. An amazing resource. Its been enjoyed by our whaanau since we purchased it, about 8 months ago now. The pictures, the descriptions, all too easy. Very simple, so very clear, esp for someone like me who learns better being shown than having to read it. So, thank you for this resource. Thank you for giving us this gift that we can share with the next generation. Loving it and really inspired by it.
    Thank you!! :)
    Mxoxo

  134. Judi Crawford Says:

    Good morning Ali,
    My floral art club has recently purchased your book on Weaving Flowers in New Zealand Flax. It has created such excitement that many members wish to purchase their own personal copy of the book. How much is postage for an order of maybe 8-10 copies to be sent to Whangarei. The club will collect the money with the pp included before placing the bulk order.
    You have created a valuable resource with user friendly instructions. Congratulations.
    Judi Crawford,Whangarei Floral Art Club

  135. Ali Says:

    Hello Judi

    Thank you for letting me know how much your members are enjoying the book. I’d love to see some photos on your creations.

    The cost for 8 books plus postage and packaging is $246 altogether, $274 for 9 books, and $290 for 10 books.

  136. Marion Says:

    Hi Ali

    Just wanted to say that I received my books - one for me and one for a friend and we are absolutely delighted with them. The format is fab with the step by step photos. For anyone who lives overseas and wishes this book then go for it! The books didn’t take long to get here - I live in the Orkney Islands (UK). Can’t wait to get started - loads of inspiration.

    Thanks again.

  137. Rere Says:

    Tena Koe Ali

    Congratulations and Thank you very much for your lovely book, it is so awesome, well written and the instructions very clear.
    My daughter asked why did I get a book as you know how to make flowers, I told her this book and my other weaving books are our treasures for our family and future grand children to use for when they are ready to learn.
    I look forward to all your future books.

    Tena rawa atu koe Ali

    nga mihi
    Reremoana

  138. Evelyn MacAskill Says:

    Kia Ora Ali,My books arrived today and I was in the middle of painting my house. I dropped the brush washed my hands and sat and read the books from front to back.They are the most AWESOME books I have ever owned.My husband was very impressed with the instructions and varietys of flowers to make.I cant wait to get more flax and start creating.Thank you so very much for my treasured toanga.Do you have anything different in your second edition and will your book on making kete be avaiable soon. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  139. Hilary Says:

    Thank you for your wonderful book, the easy to follow instructions and pictures are a great help and I look forward to making all of your designs.

  140. Amanda Nortey Says:

    To Ali Brown, my sons gave me your book “Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax” for Christmas 2012 and I am just so excited and happy to have it. I wasn’t allowed to open it before Christmas, which was a struggle because I wanted to get stuck into reading it immediately when it arrived in the post. Christmas day I turned open the front cover and as I went through to the end, I saw that every page is jam packed full of useful tips, instructions and inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and skill in this way. PS: My boys and I really appreciated how quickly you sent the book to us - you made the trade so easy - there was no stress - thank you again :)

  141. kay ward Says:

    I have been working from this book each summer,introducing friends and their children to flax weaving. It is so clear and easy to follow with perfect pictures. I have been borrowing the book from our local library but it is so good that I have decided to buy my own copy. Well done and I look forward to another book on weaving kete.

  142. Toni Jo Gobin Says:

    Hello Ali… I just wanted to say how much i love your work. I am a weaver from the Washington State in the US. I am Native American and we weave with cedar bark. This is very inspiring and I would love to try some of these techniques. thank you for sharing.

  143. Lucy Says:

    The book arrived this week, and I love it. Had already looked through a copy that a friend have but wanted to get my own as i am endevouring to make all our flowers for our wedding next year. My winter project is perfecting them. The book couldnt’t have come at a better time
    nga mihi

  144. Hailey Says:

    Hi there,
    was just wondering if you have recieved my payment for your book and email with mailing address, as i have not heard from you yet.
    Thanks
    Hailey Pegram

  145. Ali Says:

    Hi Hailey
    Yes I have thanks Hailey. I sent the book on Wednesday and emailed you today.

  146. Sue Luckin - florist Says:

    Hi there
    Having made a bridal bouquet out of flax flowers that someone else had made I couldnt wait to have a go myself. I was shown the book by a friend who said I could borrow it. I knew she would never get it back I loved the book so much when I first saw it. So excited yesterday when my own copy arrived in the mail. Cant wait to make every flower in the book into different bouquets/floral arrangements.

  147. Dawn Says:

    Ali, we love the book! Very easy to follow for a beginner, great for young and old and we have recommended your book to others. Well done.Looking forward to making something a bit bigger.
    Thank you.

  148. Almond Says:

    Thank you for your wonderful book. so many different flowers!!! so easy to use, you have put so much work into it! Thank you very much :)

  149. Orlaith Murphy Says:

    Hi Ali
    My original book purchased years ago is falling apart from overuse! so it is time to purchase a new one! Will you send me an invoice?? Love your book so much, thankyou for introducing me to this wonderful craft xxxxx
    Orlaith

  150. Ali Says:

    Hello Orlaith,

    Nice to hear from you again and it’s great to hear you are having such pleasure from the book. I have just sent you a Paypal invoice for the third edition of Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax.

  151. Orlaith Murphy Says:

    Ali, got your email thanks so much and filled in the necessary. So looking forward to getting my new book, have you any plans to do a kete book?? I do love Mick Predergast but his instructions are not as easy to follow as yours!!!! Thanks again and i will let you know when it arrives xxx

  152. Raewyn Gregory Says:

    Greetings Ali
    I have just completed a novel which in part tells a fictionalised version of an event which saw Pakakohe Māori men imprisoned in Dunedin in 1869. However the novel is a contemporary one with a woman Charlotte as the main character. IT has been accepted for publication by USA publishers and the cover design people sent me their draft today for my comment. Although I love how they have captured the essence, I would love to substitute the flower posy they use on the cover with one of your woven flax flower photos from your book.. They are so wonderful and epitomise what my story is about. The Title of the novel is “Strands of Flax” Could I perhaps ring you to discuss? Kind regards Raewyn

  153. Ali Says:

    Hi Orlaith
    Sorry for the delay in responding online. I am preparing a kete book, but it’s taking me a while, and it’ll be a while yet before it’s published.

  154. Ali Says:

    Hi Raewyn
    By all means. I look forward to talking with you on the phone. First, I suggest you attach the draft cover design to an email to me, and then we can talk over the particular style of flower that may suit the cover best.

  155. Sylvia Vandy Says:

    Is your book still available. If so how do I order it and what is the cost please.

  156. Ali Says:

    Hi Sylvia
    Yes my book is available and you can buy it directly from me. All the details about buying it are on the Book page of my web site.

  157. Ria Wawatai Says:

    Hi Ali
    My brother and his partner wanted harakeke putiputi for their wedding in February 2014, so purchased your book for me. What an awesome guide for anyone. I have been weaving for 3 years now, and had not tried putiputi prior to receiving your book. After finishing the wedding bouquets, buttonholes and cake topper, I have since tried most of the flowers and absolutely enjoyed following your step-by-step instructions. Thank you!

  158. Ali Says:

    Hi Ria
    It’s nice to hear you have enjoyed the book and completed so much weaving for your brother’s wedding. I’d love to see some photos if you get a chance to send me some.

  159. Rick from Florist NZ Says:

    Hi Ali, we live in Whakapirau on the Kaipara. We have a huge flax in our backyard next to a pond. I was saying to my partner “You do not see much flax weaving anymore”; so I did a quick search and BAM here you are. Nice to see you are keeping this lovely skill alive. Cheers Rick

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