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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Coil slip on sandals

Rip the leaf with a pin. Braid the fibers into a long strand.

For more detailed instructions on how to rip foliage and how to plaid or braid leaves, you can find the "how-to" in my book The Effortless Floral Craftsman , a floral crafter's guide to crafting with nature ... page 252 to 253 or see below for a detailed Tutorials.

Start to coil the braided flax strand. I stitched it as I went along with fishing line threaded through an embroidery needle.

Build up the sole.

Fold the braid over and create the toe section of the sandal.

Finish by coiling the braid around the sandal. Stitch through the entire sandal and pull tight to shape it. Knot the line to secure. Set it aside to dry.

Measure out ribbon for each sandal.

Cut two sections of ribbon for each sandal. Loop one ribbon around the other at the midpoint, in a lark’s head knot.

Pull tight to knot. Slip the ribbon through the sandal sole and catch it over the coil. Turn the sandal over and knot tightly to secure the ribbon.

Do the same with the other sandal.

Fold the ribbon over to the front of the sandal, over the bridge of the foot.

Flip the sandal over and knot around the loop on the side. Knot tightly.

Cut the ribbon ends short and wiggle the knots to sit snugly in the sole.

Your flip flop slip on sandals are ready to design with. I love the clean look of just the ribbon and the ripped and braided flax. You might like to add a flower or two... come to think of it: this would look great with a single Phalaenopsis orchid...

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14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

25 April 2012 A plait, a braid or a French knot grass collar

"Plaid" and "braid" are synonyms, and where you are from will most likely dictate whether you use plait (British) or braid (American or Celtic). Some people also refer to...

14 January 2015 Weaving Slippers from Foliage

Weave slip on shoes from palm leaves

1 May 2013 Weaving a Straight Edged Strip

A beautiful woven strip that is quite easy to make

17 June 2015 Weaving Zori-inspired slip-on Sandals

Sandals made from bamboo, grass and sisal and a bit of satin ribbon for luxury

20 July 2016 Twisted Lily Grass sun hat

Twist and weave a sun hat from blades of lily grass

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