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How to Weave Hawaiian Coconut Palm Fronds: A Step-by-Step Guide
By: Jim Widess
Date of Publication: 2006
Size: 8.5 x 11.0 x 0.3
Pages: 72
Binding: paper

Weavers and handcrafters rejoice! This complete guide to coconut palm frond weaving features eleven fun and beautiful projects to keep your hands busy. Beginners will find the photographic instructions easy to follow in creating functional and ornamental weaving projects to give as gifts or keep for themselves. Make a coconut calabash-shaped basket as a decorative bowl for fruits, or weave a coconut hat for a day at the beach. Children will love to play with woven little animals such as an angelfish, grasshopper, or bird. Other projects include a variety of baskets and a pretty coconut rose.

This book also includes instructions on how to acquire coconut palm fronds and how to prepare them for weaving. Tips on how to handle torn or broken fronds as well as a brief history about coconuts and coconut palm frond weaving provides interesting insight into this ancient craft. For at least 4,000 years, coconuts and their fronds have been a useful and important staple for Polynesian cultures, especially Hawaiians, who developed coconut palm frond weaving into a skillful craft. Finally, coconut palm frond weaving can be learned in a do-it-yourself style and satisfy a weaver's need to turn simple fronds into his or her own work of art with this step-by-step guide.

About the Author:
Jim Widess has owned The Caning shop in Berkeley, California, since 1971. He is co-author and photographer of The Caner's Handbook, The Complete Book of Gourd Craft, Making Gourd Musical Instruments, Making Hawaiian Ribbon Leis (Mutual Publishing), Complete Book of Gourd Carving, and Making Gourd Dolls & Spirit Figures. He is also author and photographer of Making Hawaiian Musical Instruments (Mutual Publishing), Gourd Pyrography, and The Complete Guide to Chair Caning. Jim has a zeal for visual instructions for crafts.

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