Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Flax, New Zealand flax
New Zealand and Norfolk Island
Cultivated varieties range from green through pink to deep russet bronze. Also variegated cultivars with leaves marked by contrasted stripes of green, red, bronze, pink and yellow
Grey green or coloured edges and central ribs. Dries to a light green or stone
Eight to ten days. Dries to a light grey green
Sweet nectar produced by the flowers
Flax leaves are very versatile. Use the leaves as accents or line in a design or wrap oasis. Mostly I weave and plait with the fibers or strips.
Hydrate the long leaves by bathing them in a bath of cold water. Wipe the leaf clean and if needed treat with leaf-shine. Do not condition the leaves before ripping
Pierce eggshells to string it up for a delicate Spring design element.
Celebrating my book launch by knotting floral mittens using the design Tutorial from my book and the template from the free gift template booklet.
A dried bundle of ripped flax hides a secret water source for the orchids
Curl and secure a few blades of flax into a bubble to frame your flowers
Wire and glue a few acorns into the fork of a twig to create an Autumn armature
Hoard a few acorns in the fork of a twig to show off a single oncidium orchid.
Rip the New Zealand flax to create a delicate fiber armature
Design in two levels by using two vases, the smaller slipped into a bigger one.
Sandals made from bamboo, grass and sisal and a bit of satin ribbon for luxury
My article and woven ring-box design featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
Wire a Tiny Twig Treasure Trunk for small Christmas gifts
My article looking at contrasts and 6 winter lantern designs featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine
To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the 20th Anniversary of Friends of Government House Gardens Society a Horticultural event was hosted in the gardens and...
A great all natural gift decorating alternative
This was a Flower Fantasy Competition Design staged by the Helderberg Flower Club, Western Cape Association of Flower Arrangers
Flax Christmas tree "cake" for the Floral Trends Design Group end of the year function.
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...
Six wall designs staged for the Durbanville Flower Club Flower Festival.
Advanced level Workshop: For my Easter Parade Demonstration I made 6 hand-tied designs within armatures. The concept was to pick up the design while demonstrating and to literally...
Durbanville Flower Club: Nature's Treasures, A Floral Art Exhibition at D'Ville Shopping Center Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa
Here are a few more examples of woven flax. I also use Typha, palm, iris leaves, Kyogi paper, boat orchid leaves and aspidistra to weave with.
Weave grasshoppers or butterflies (or fireflies) from palm leaves