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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

On the first warm day in May

Floral Art Design On the first warm day in May.

There are plans to hatch,

Mikado Reed drop shaped nest .

nests to repair,

On the first warm day in May.

and summer wishes to share.

Ranunculus, flax and Rosary vine nest .

It all looks fantastically possible...

Ripped flax and stringed pearls.

On that first warm day in May

On the first warm day in May is the title of a popular 1952 song by Rosemary Clooney

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14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

16 May 2012 Stringing pearls

Long blades of thin grass or ripped flax are ideal for stringing decorative beads

16 May 2012 Mikado Reed drop shaped nest

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

Favourite Flowers


Flax, New Zealand flax

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts


Buttercup, Persian buttercup, water crowfoots, spearworts, Coyote’s eyes

Related Designs

25 May 2016 Half the Fun

Cut a cabbage to create a design platform

15 June 2016 One tug

Weave willow bark strips into a nest and weave a bird from flax

3 August 2016 Practice

Weave a willow bird nest

12 October 2016 I found it this way: Bird nest design

This was the fourth design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration

11 April 2017 Well… we did it again!

Blossoms and chocolates for Easter

23 August 2017 Almost is still not quite

Weave just a hint of the Autumn to come

20 March 2019 It’s all ===> right

Hang a dangling eggshell in a Spring blossom design.