Making Ribbon Leis


Making Ribbon Leis


by May Masaki and Coryn Tanaka

Concealed Wire-O, 8.5" x 11"
44 pp

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In Making Ribbon Leis and other Gifts of Aloha, readers learn how to create beautiful and timeless leis. Coryn Tanaka and May Masaki, both experienced teachers of lei-making at community centers and Flora-Dec Sales Inc., teach crafters 17 different lei designs by providing easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photographs. The book also includes instructions for making bows and other gifts of aloha.


"It used to be fake lei were tacky, but advanced techniques in fabricating them and a new awareness of the need to conserve lei flowers and greenery in the wild have drawn attention to ribbon and crochet let. Proof comes in the form of... Making Ribbon Leis and Other Gifts of Aloha."

- Honolulu Advertiser

"Pinch, sew, roll and gather your way to making multicolored haku leis, cigar leis, lehua chokers, double ohai, alii or a Micronesian hibiscus weave lei... also includes instructions for making bows, a money rose, and a decorative fairy."

- Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"... a wonderful new how-to book - complete with beautiful photos detailed diagrams and design ideas... The book's excellent layout and close up color illustrations are enough to tempt first-timers to try their hands in creating these very special symbols of aloha...

From start to finish, go no further than this easy to follow, spiral-bound book. Have fun!"

- Molokai Dispatch


May Masaki and Coryn Tanaka are a mother and daughter team. They design and create ribbon leis, offering classes at community centers and at Flora-Dec Sales Inc. They own and operate U & Me Crafts Inc., and hold many international copyrights on their ceramic pieces which have been sold around the world.