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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

I found it this way: Bird nest design

This is the fourth design I did for my "I found it this way" Floral art demonstration at the Capilano Flower Arranging Club .
As the temperature starts to cool down here in Vancouver and we are heading into early autumn, we are all starting to spend more time indoors, we looked at nests crafted outdoors.

Birds nest design

I used a pendant nest as my inspiration for my bird's nest design

Orchids nestled in a nest

The male birds build the nest...

Grass and orchid nest

... in an elongated sac shape...

Cymbidium orchids in the grass bird's nest

... from grass and other pliable material

Cymbidium orchids nestled in the grass bird's nest

The nest is suspended from a branch.

Bird's nest in a twig tangle

it takes up to 500 trips for a bird to build a nest

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12 October 2016 Weave a bird nest

use bark wire and grass to weave a floral armature.

21 September 2016 "I found it this way" demonstration Floral art Structures: Twig Tangles

For my "I found it this way" Floral Art demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club, I began all four of my designs with basic armatures made of Twig Tangles and we...

21 July 2011 Weaving a bird

I wove my bird from shaved wood but you can also use flax, coconut palm (more traditional) or paper or ribbon

16 August 2011 Twig cocoon

Cherry twig frame for my cocoon design

16 May 2012 Mikado Reed drop shaped nest

A sturdy shape made by binding Mikado reeds keeps the thin strands of flax in place.

1 October 2012 Weaving a ball shaped Dew-drop Catcher from grass

Weave a sphere from grass

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...

3 July 2013 Messy summer floral nest

Wrap and weave and twirl and dangle foliage to create a spiral nest

13 October 2011 Spiral Wire Cages

The cage spirals to form a basket that wrap around the plump ripe berries (or you can slip in a flower) to hang as connections between the twigs.

Favourite Flowers


Cymbidium, Boat Orchid

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29 January 2011 Ground Breaking

Water stream breaking through ground in an autumn forest.

7 April 2011 Floral Art Demonstrations

When I demonstrate I focus on sharing the art of contemporary floral design, as I see it.

11 April 2011 Veiled Sunshine:50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

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21 July 2011 Tradition and Technique, Technique and Tradition

When you need inspiration for a design problem study a Traditional Craft- you will be amazed!

16 August 2011 Cherry twig cocoon

Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi, acknowledges three simple truths:nothing lasts, nothing is done, and nothing is perfect.

16 May 2012 On the first warm day in May

A ripped flax, Ranunculus and Mikado Reed drop shaped nest

1 October 2012 How to catch a dew drop:

Weave a sphere from grass to catch a precious and exquisite and perfect glistening early autumn dew drop

3 July 2013 Of trust… and belief… and stars…

Weave and wrap and twirl and knot a summer floral nest