21 October 2021
In the last few months I’ve spent time upgrading my flax weaving website. I wanted to do this for a couple of reasons. First, to make the site secure, and second, to make it more mobile friendly.
Having a secure site is becoming more and more important for website owners and is recommended especially for those who run a business through their website. (You can see that the site is now a secure site by the closed lock symbol at the start of the URL and by the ‘s’ at the end of ‘http’ in the URL.) Second, the new website is more mobile-friendly — in other words, it’s easier to read on cellphones.
While upgrading the site, I decided to upgrade most of the hundreds of images so that more of their detail can be seen. Also, some of the images next to the instructions for flax weaving projects have had arrows added so that the project steps are easier to follow. For example, I think you’ll find the instructions for Weaving a flax fantail are better with the arrows showing the way the strips have been moved in each step. A full index of flax weaving projects can be found through the navigation bar.
Some of the pages have a version in te reo Māori as well as English. Wi Pohatu has very generously been translating my webpages and these are available as a resource for people learning te reo Māori, the idea being that the images will help with understanding the text. I’ve found that I am starting to understand more of the translations the more I study te reo Māori myself.
All of the blog posts I’ve written since 2007, when I wrote my first post, are available on this upgraded website and all the comments I’ve received over the years on these blog posts are available through a link at the bottom of each post. I’ll continue to write blog posts as I find new and interesting topics to write about. Comments on these posts are always welcome and there is a place to do this underneath each post. It’s always interesting to hear from other weavers — your thoughts, comments, criticisms and ideas. If appropriate, add a photo as well to illustrate your comment.
Do have a look at the Book Reviews page which I’ve upgraded to include more books on flax weaving, weavers and exhibitions. I particularly like the older books with stories about weavers from earlier times, such as Te Ringa Rehe: The Legacy of Emily Schuster. Many of these books are out of print now but your local library will either have a copy or can get one for you to borrow. My own books are also listed on this page and are available through my online shop. The Shop now has links to larger images of both the front and back covers and the back-cover blurbs are readable.
While I’ve done the rewording and upgrading of images for this new site, the website itself — and the logo — was designed and developed by Chris Eilers.
Do leave a comment in the comment box below if you have any thoughts or suggestions — or see any broken links or mistakes.
© Ali Brown 2021.
Ali this blog, your books and the fabulous instructions have been a lifesaver for me as I’ve been grasping the art and skill in learning to be an effective student of raranga. I highly recommend your books and website to everyone! Thank you also for the fabulous speedy service. This is my 2nd order and 5th book purchase. 🌟
Thanks for your comments Gail. It’s good to hear that you are finding the website and books useful for your learning of raranga.
Ali thank you for the weaving book, it was a gift for my mother and she’s beyond happy, she already took it before I could even give it to her for Christmas haha but thank you it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun
Kia ora Anahira, Thanks for letting me know about your mother’s delight receiving my book “Weaving Flowers from New Zealand Flax”. I’d love to see some of her flowers if she has a chance to send a photo or two. 🙂
We bought ‘Weaving Baskets’ in October, 21, for a granddaughter’s birthday today, 22 April, in Australia. She’s just received the book and is thrilled. It has so much information and guidance so needed in her situation. it’s a joy to give a book of quality.
Kia ora Andrea, thanks for your comments and it’s good to hear that your granddaughter is thrilled with it. Happy weaving to her!
This is an awesome book with nearly 150 pages full of detailed step-by-step instructions and photos. I’m sure it will provide lots of creative inspiration for many years.
Thanks Sally. Happy weaving!
I discovered your books by visiting Papanui library yesterday & have on loan the book for large container & after visiting this page have ordered the books that are on there way. And from your clear instructions have completed a large container. So happy to have found your page from an old time weaver doing some catch-up.
Kia ora Mavis, glad you’ve found the instructions so useful so quickly! Happy weaving.
Ali was very quick to respond to my request for three books will give you an update when I put it into practice 👍
Thanks Liz. Happy weaving!
Ngā mihi nui ki a koe, Ali! This website is such a taonga!
Kia ora Megan. Thank you for that. Glad you’re finding it useful.