Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
In the little gap
a little gap
Use the firm petals of a flower to keep your design details upright
Tape a grid over a vase to keep the floral details in place
It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.
Build up a design in a shallow container by stacking it by threading the plant material into the teeth of a pin cushion in three levels.
Pick away petals from a lily to create space for delicate vines to really shine.
Knit a corona (as in that inside skirt like part of a daffodil) by weaving a Ceropegia woodii vine around the stamen filament of a lily.
Split (but don't cut) a few gladiolus flowers to spiral in a vase
Stack foliage to create a rose spiral in a container.
Twist lily grass slightly to create a spiral for the orchids to nestle in
Komiwara is a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.
An early Spring design with a twist on using an old favourite: composite flowers.
Cut stems of Gladiolus to place in a radiating summer design.
Filling a trumpet flower cup... with more flowers!
Split and spiral a few gladiolus flowers in a way that the stems remain intact, to spiral in a water filled filled vase for a long lasting composite flower