Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
How To Catch A Dream
set a trap…
use the right bait…
an enormous net, maybe?
run and jump and grip and hold on for all your might!
… or do the work that needs to get done.
...There’s always a chance that the dream will notice.
You are quite a catch, after all.
I wanted my willow armature to hint of a web-like dreamcatcher that grows in the wild rather than being a precise replica of the traditional craft technique. But I did weave it...
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.
For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...
Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow
The Afrikaans name is tjienkerientjee (named after the sound the stems make when rubbing together in the wind) Chincherinchee, wonder-flower (because they last so long),...
Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container
Left over flowers and off-cuts are ideal to transform into a quick floral crown or necklace. This is the absolute easiest design, yet!
Whether it’s a solid foot for floating flowers, the tips of new growth or the curve of a dried twig your design needs help to stay upright.
Wire dried pepper berries to a wreath with super fancy flat wire (okay... it's the humble wire from a copper pot scrubber but it still looks fancy!)
Place a small fishbowl vase at an angle to look like it is pouring out flowers and twigs.