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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Typha - Cattail, graceful, ribbon grass


Wedding favour box that I wove from Typha.

Common name

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.

Vase life

Fourteen days.



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

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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...

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14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips