Deb showed how to prepare the flax leaves for weaving that evening. We don't know what species Jo is growing, but we had cut leaves that were 8-10 feet tall. However, as we soon learned, a lot of the bottom portion is unusable for weaving and/or fiber.
I decided that I wanted to prepare mostly fiber. Here's some fiber that I produced by softening the leaves with a butter knife, and then 'combing' it many times with a dog comb. My fiber is not as white as the Maori fiber, and I am wondering if that is because it's a different species.
I need to practice my leaf prepping so that I don't get those striations.
Another clamshell rattle. This one is red and yellow cedar bark, willow bark, waxed linen, and the top rows are NZ flax cordage (from Jo's house).