My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Putting my feelers out

Putting my feelers out flower arrangement by Christine de Beer

Do you feel it as well?

How to weave with foliage for floral designers

It’s like a fresh breeze blowing in from the sea.

Minimal floral design tutorials for flower styling

This urge to touch again.

Flower arranging tutorials for unusual designs

To switch off all the connectivity and mindfully re-connect.

Modern flower arranging ideas for sustainable designers

… to create something tangible?

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

Tutorials

2 February 2022 Connect bud vases with a fresh foliage open weave

Craft two woven panels to place front and back of a couple of bud vases to create a unit.

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...

29 January 2020 Weave a long lasting (without using floral foam) in a vase floral design basket

Give your woven grass a water source by designing the basket in a vase rather than placing the vase in a basket

27 February 2019 Weave a floral trap

Keep your flowers in place with an all natural woven trap.

3 February 2021 Weave a Ceropegia Woodii Vine grid to catch your flowers

Suspend flowers over a water filled container by weaving a natural grid.

22 August 2018 Vein Veil For Freesias

Cut a slight veil to frame your flowers with

25 January 2017 Detailing a messy edged grass basket

Weave a basket from lily grass and then cut and curl the edges

13 July 2016 Woven lily grass parachute armature

Weave a canopy or parachute shaped armature in a way that you can place the stems in two vases to keep it hydrated.

3 April 2013 Twin Leaf Weave

Weave two palm leaves together to create a floral grid

12 August 2015 Messy edged basket

Weave a loose basket to display flowers

27 August 2014 Loosely woven grass on Driftwood

Loosely weave grass on a piece of driftwood for an informal armature

16 June 2021 Shelter grass veil for a round container

A single lily flower design dressed up with a grass veil.

Favourite Flowers

Iris

Dutch Iris or widow iris are the best known varieties used as cut flowers

Ornithogalum

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),...

Related Designs

2 March 2022 The thing!?! Do you remember the thing?!?

A design that visually plays with good proportions to allow the sheltered flower to be the focal point.

29 January 2020 Peekaboo

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.

27 February 2019 It’s a trap!

Weave a trap to keep your floral details suspended in a square container.

29 May 2019 Creative Competition

This week I am so excited to share my article and design that was published in the recent issue of the Floral Art Society of New Zealand's Academy Magazine for NZ qualified...

3 February 2021 here’s the catch

Weave an all natural net to place over a vase to keep your flowers above water.

22 August 2018 FreestyleFreesia

Dutch floral designer Pim van den Akker, from Flower Factor invited me to participate in a FloraHolland initiative promoting the versatility of Freesias entitled ...

25 January 2017 What is in a basket of spectacular?

Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display

13 July 2016 Woven

Weave a canopy or parachute shaped armature for orchids to perch on

3 April 2013 April showers bring May flowers

After a long winter it is always fun to use the first spring bulb flowers!

12 August 2015 Catch of the Day

Weave a loose basket to display a single flower... or three

27 August 2014 Brought Together

Loosely weave blades of grass together

5 September 2012 Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Just Right!

My third design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting

16 June 2021 Dream Rescue

Weave the most delicate grass shelter veil for a gorgeous lily.

15 June 2016 One tug

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