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Flax Pyramid / Tetrahedron

Instructions for the construction of a four cornered flax pyramid.

These interesting forms may be added into indigenous designs to add interest and texture.

By Janthia Holt
(Education committee 2013)

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3 flax leaves (Phormium cookianum) and a pair of scissors.

Step 1:

Select 6 lengths of flax from your flax leaves.


Select 6 lengths of flax from your flax leaves, each 1-2cm in width. Tie these in pairs using small pieces of flax, or secure with an overhand knot. Trim the ends.

Step 2:

Shiny side of flax facing.


With shiny sides of the flax facing you, weave two of the pairs into the other pair.

Step 3:

First corner

Where the 2 pairs intersect with the single pair will be the position of the first corner. Take the inner strand of the single pair and bend it away from you and weave it over the first strand of the four, bending it at a right angle.

Continue weaving through the other three strands and bend them at right angles. Weave the outer stand. You will have now completed your first corner.


Keep the woven strands pulled close


At all times keep the woven strands pulled close to each other.

Step 4:

Step 4

The single pair will now be pointing out to the right and the angle between them and the four strands will be where your second corner is formed.

Step 5:

2nd corner 2nd corner 2nd corner

Weave the inner of the two strands back under and over the four strands as before, and follow with the second of the two strands. You have now formed your second corner.

Step 6:

3rd corner 3rd corner

Before forming your 3rd corner ensure that the tied ends are tucked well into the centre of the form. To form the 3rd corner, repeat the instructions in Step 3; weaving the two strands across to the right.

Step 7:

4th corner


Complete the 4th corner by weaving the two strands from right to left.

Step 8:

Tuck and trim ends Tuck and trim ends Tuck and trim ends

To complete your tetrahedron, position the loose ends so that they can be tucked into the woven form (following the weaving pattern) and then trim them off.

Completed tetrahedron

Completed tetrahedron


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