Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
doff a mortarboard
tip a cap,
lift a lid,
raise a beret,
uplift a toque
... to tip your hat
Craft a platform to highlight small flowers
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...
Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
Orchids grow in long flower spikes. It is great to use the entire stem but sometimes you need shorter section. There is a trick to cutting the stems without leaving a visible...
I use edible mushrooms in my designs. To preserve them I press a tiny stake into the base and let them air-dry.
Use the "over and under" weaving pattern to weave a round, upright hat with a flat top and no brim.
Weave a basket from lily grass and then cut and curl the edges
Weave a canopy or parachute shaped armature in a way that you can place the stems in two vases to keep it hydrated.
Loosely weave grass to create a decorative grid keeping flowers in place over a square container.
A light and airy (no floral foam but still long lasting) floral design for those days that you are really, really looking for signs of Spring.
A design that visually plays with good proportions to allow the sheltered flower to be the focal point.
Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display
After a long winter it is always fun to use the first spring bulb flowers!
Here are a few more examples of woven flax. I also use Typha, palm, iris leaves, Kyogi paper, boat orchid leaves and aspidistra to weave with.