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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Ripped Flax Mittens

Floral art mittens from the design book

This design is from my book The Effortless Floral Craftsman. You can find the mitten template in your free downloadable template Booklet.

For more details on how to order your copy of the book and download your free booklet see the design post link below.

Enlarge the template pattern and draw the mitten on Styrofoam

Enlarge the template pattern and draw the mitten on Styrofoam.

Knot two sections of flax and pin it to the Styrofoam

Knot two sections of flax and pin it to the Styrofoam.

Build up the knotted lace by following the pattern

Add a few more flax strands and knot them together. Build up the knotted lace by following the pattern.

You will need two mitten sides for each hand

You will need two mitten sides for each hand.

Match the mitten sides into pairs

Match the mitten sides into pairs. Stitch a pair together with wire. The wire makes it easier to shape the mittens so that they puff out rather than lie flat.

Shape the mittens.

Shape the mittens.

Add a few wire tendrils and dewdrop chrystals for sparkle

Add a few wire tendrils and dewdrop crystals for sparkle.

Glue the floral details into the design

Glue the floral details into the design.

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14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

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16 May 2013 Weaving a pod shape from ripped foliage

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27 February 2013 Ripped Foliage Mesh

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23 August 2017 Twirl a ripped Phormium pumpkin pod

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Favourite Flowers


Christmas Kalanchoe, Kalanchöe or Kalanchoë


Flax, New Zealand flax

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