How to Weave Hawaiian Coconut Palm Fronds
Learn how to weave coconut fibers in an easy and fun way. A step-by-step guide will guide you through the process of creating simple objects from the fronds. This guide includes instructions for making baskets and bowls, hats, as well as other useful information.
This complete guide outlines eleven projects that beginners can make. It contains photographic instructions that are easy for beginners to follow. The book includes detailed instructions on how to collect and prepare palm fronds for weaving. It also covers the history of palm frond weaving in Polynesia.
Once you have your fronds, tie them together. You can adjust the shape of some fronds to make them more circular. The crown and the rim will be the two main parts of the hat. The rim will be tied first, followed by the crown. To create a circular hat, turn your leaflets clockwise to the left. The leaflets on the other fronds will run in an anti-clockwise direction.
Before you start weaving, soak the coconut fronds with water. Soak them for an hour or two before weaving them. When they dry, the leaflets of the coconut leaves will turn brown. Once the leaflets have dried, they can be used as hats. A hat made from coconut fronds can be a great way of protecting your head from the sun.