Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Well… we did it again!
If you have been visiting My Creative Workbook for a while you will remember two years ago I had to update my site because we outgrew it. Yes, we did it again!
You might even have noticed that my Newsletters went out a little bit later than usual last week.
I have made the necessary behind the scenes changes and things should be back to our “new normal” from this week on. I am also excited to share my new look newsletter with you… it is currently undergoing a make-over.
Thank you for sharing my floral journey with me. I appreciate all the smiles, the kind comments and every share of my work and sharing your work with me. Even though most of my design work goes on over here in my design room I really feel like my designs come alive and gets it’s own personality once I share it with you. Because of you Wednesdays, are truly my favourite day of the week.
Oh and before I forget…
Weave a tiny nest with a twig hook so that you can hang it in a design
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...
Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.
I build up the spheres by weaving willow wreaths and then use those to shape the ball
A sturdy shape made by binding Mikado reeds keeps the thin strands of flax in place.
Once you figure out how to do the corners weaving a diagonal shape is actually not that hard to do.
This is a great flat and open basket to take outside when “harvesting” your fall leaves, pods and flowers. Who knows, you might even find a ghost pumpkin or three…
Just like the weather is only hinting at spring, so is this design only hinting at being a basket
Whether it’s a solid foot for floating flowers, the tips of new growth or the curve of a dried twig your design needs help to stay upright.
The first of my new monthly articles about growing the material you need to design with. This month we are taking stock of what we need... and growing wheatgrass.
Ah... yes summer time designing. Anyone else seeing more insects hiding between the petals this year?
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...
I wove vine wreaths to form a pyramid, one just slightly larger than the next. In the natural cavities between the wreaths I placed the roses and lisianthus in plastic covered...
Contemporary Wreath Design demonstration as part of the Durbanville Garden Club's annual Garden Festival, Western Cape, South Africa
Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions
Take inspiration from a traditional Dream-catcher design to create a floral armature
My article and a floral parasol design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
My article and Willow Crown design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
This was the fourth design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration