Step pattern

flax weaving

This pattern can be used for weaving
over the base of a wristband, the
base of a flax butt handle on a basket
or any other flat strip. It's straight-
forward to weave and is suitable for
beginners. These instructions show
the pattern being woven over the base of
a wristband using five strips and a
coloured weaver.

holding a flax leaf

To start, prepare the base circle of the wristband, secure it with tape or similar and split the long end of flax into five equal-width strips. Prepare at least three more strips of flax that are the same width as the strips on the wristband. These strips can be the same colour as the other strips or a different colour for a more distinctive pattern.


splitting a flax leaf


Position one of the coloured strips underneath all of the strips going around the band, leaving about 15 cm out to the left of the band. The coloured strip is sandwiched between the five narrow strips and the base of the band.


a split flax leaf


Take the long end of the coloured strip and thread it through the middle of the wristband and out to the left. If the pattern is being woven on a handle, take the coloured strip under the handle base and out to the left.


scraping a flax leaf


Bring the end of the coloured strip up and over the five narrow strips and lay it flat on top of them. Hold it tightly in position. Make sure that the short end of the strip stays where it was to start with.


weaving a flax flower step 1


Hold the weaving strip tightly in place and fold back down the first narrow strip on the left. Fold it as close to the coloured strip as possible. This helps to keep the weaving tight.


weaving a flax flower step 1


Bring the coloured strip through the centre of the wristband and up and over the four strips that are left. Lay it over the strips as close to the fold of the first strip as possible.


weaving a flax flower step 2



Take the next strip on the left and fold it back down over the yellow strip. Fold it as close to the yellow strip as possible.



weaving a flax flower step 3


Carry on by bringing the coloured strip up and over the three strips that are left. Continue folding each strip on the left down in turn and weaving the coloured weaving strip around and over each time.

weaving a flax flower step 4



Bring all of the green strips forward again and position them neatly in place along the wristband. The pattern sequence is now complete. Carry on by bringing the coloured strip around and over all the strips again.


weaving a flax flower step 5

Care needs to be taken when the weaving reaches the starting point as the weaving needs to be joined so there is no break in the pattern. Make sure there is enough space left to weave a complete repeat of the pattern. Adjust the weaving and push it tighter around the base to make more space if needed for a full pattern repeat. Thread the ends in as shown in these instructions for the wristband.

weaving a flax flower step 6


The Steps pattern can be woven with different numbers of strips going lengthwise. In this example, which is on the handle of a basket, there are only three long strips that are woven over.