Book on weaving flax flowers
Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax, fourth edition, contains detailed instructions for weaving nineteen different flower and foliage designs plus different variations of several of the designs. Many 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 — even quicker than the flower shown on my web page on weaving a flax flower.
The book also includes examples of floral arrangements for each of the flower designs, and ideas for flax foliage and for mixed floral arrangements to suit weddings and other events. All the instructions and arrangements in the book are illustrated with large colour photographs.
After you’ve woven a few flowers, you’ll find it easy to arrange the different designs into beautiful, eye-catching floral arrangements that make ideal gifts or decorations in your own home.
Flax flowers add a touch of colour in any number of settings — in a vase, bowl or buttonhole, as a table display, wall display or bridal bouquet, or as a decorative element sewn onto a kete (bag) or other large piece of flaxwork. Flax flowers also mix well with cut flowers or dried flowers, and — like dried flowers — the nice thing about flax flowers is that they last indefinitely
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 — such as the lotus shown on the left — require several flax leaves and joining techniques, so you’ll be able to extend your weaving skills step by step.
More illustrations from the book are shown on the blog post, Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax, that announced the initial publication of the book in February 2009. Another illustration is shown at the bottom of the blog post, Beachcombing for flaxworks, that announced the second edition of the book in February 2011. Three more illustrations are shown on the blog post, Netted flax flowers, that announced the third edition of the book in July 2013. The fourth edition, which includes instructions on how to net flax, was published in January 2016.
Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax, ISBN 978-0-473-34860-1, is a book of 148 pages bound between covers in a plastic-comb spine, which allows it to open out flat for easy use when following the instructions. It is written by me, and printed and published by Browncraft Ltd. It is available direct to the public at NZ$40 plus postage, bubble-pak packaging through my on-line Shop.back to top