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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Floating Boat Orchid

The name Cymbidium or boat Orchid is derived from the Greek word Kumbos meaning "hole or cavity", referring to the hollowness in the base of the lip of the flowers.

Orchid floating in a birds of paradise leaf

This is such a uncomplicated design. I filled a Strelitzia leaf with water and set the orchid into the water to float. Add a minimal foliage (cordyline or fountain grass) weave to bring out the burgundy freckled markings in the orchid petals

Cymbidium orchid with a foliage weave

I used a few river rocks for balance.

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8 June 2011 Foliage Weaving

For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...

21 July 2011 Weaving a fan basket

Dark and dramatic burgundy lilies are tucked in low to line a fan shaped basket that unravels into an unruly nest

Favourite Flowers


Cymbidium, Boat Orchid


Crane Flower, Bird of Paradise, Birds, Strelitzia

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