Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
This is the Fragrance of November
Woody, wet bark and forgotten leaves
Fruity Citrus and apples so ripe they taste like burned sugary caramel
Warm Spiced pumpkins slowly roasting in honey and nutmeg
Cinnamon and splashes of rain on dirt that baked dry all summer
Vanilla and coffee and the crisp bite of the first frost on a dark night
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...
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...
Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.
Split a few bamboo sections to create a happy water source for miniature orchids
Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container
Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin
My article and winter white Tulle bridal basket design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.
An all out effective way of keeping a flower stem in the exact spot you want it to be in a clear water vase design.
Create a floral circlet to rest the little pumpkin on... but above the water line.
Craft an arch armature to display those early autumn treasures.
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!)
Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...