Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Cattail, graceful, ribbon grass
New Zealand and Norfolk Island.
Grey green foliage. Flowers spikes have lighter brown male flowers above with a slight gap from the dark brown female flowers below.
The leaves are used in basketry, weaving or adding movement to a design. The fibrous leaves can be ripped (spliced) into thin strips that I then curl, bead or dry. The technique is similar to that of flax
Give the stems a fresh cut and set it in deep warm water. Do not condition if you are weaving or ripping typha
A great all natural gift decorating alternative
For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...
Here are a few more examples of woven flax. I also use Typha, palm, iris leaves, Kyogi paper, boat orchid leaves and aspidistra to weave with.