My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

A Double vase, Sticky tape, Reflexed AND Woven Nestled Grass and Tulip Whirl

Place two containers on your design surface

Place two containers (one slightly smaller than the other) on your design surface.

Tape a grid over the inside container using clear tape

Tape a grid over the inside container using clear tape.

My twist to this technique is to turn the tape sticky side up

My twist to this technique is to turn the tape sticky side up so that you can secure some design details to the tape to keep them in place.

Pour water into both containers

Pour water into both containers.

Start the grass whirl by placing the blades around the outside ring

Start the grass whirl by placing the blades around the outside ring.

Place the second blade of grass to whirl in the same direction

Place the second blade of grass to whirl in the same direction.

Rest the tips on the sticky tape to lift it out of the container

Rest the tips on the sticky tape to lift it out of the container so that you can start interweaving the stems.

Continue adding blades of grass

Continue adding blades of grass.

Making sure the cut ends are under water and the tips whirl in the same direction

Making sure the cut ends are under water and the tips whirl in the same direction

And the tips swirling on the sticky tape

And the tips swirling on the sticky tape.

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Once you have enough grass in the container interweave the blades to allow the grass to extend above the taped grid

Once you have enough grass in the container interweave the blades to allow the grass to extend above the taped grid to make a cavity for the tulips to nestle in.

You can find more detailed instructions about weaving... and interweaving in the Tutorial below.

Interweave an edge above the containers as high as your tulip stems

Interweave an edge above the containers about one and a half times the height of the containers.

Place the tulips into the inside container

Place the tulips into the inside container...

To follow the whirl

... to follow the whirl...

Design note: I did not want to slow down the Tulip growth because I love the idea that the design continues to grow... and develop as it matures.

Or to be nestled and kept in place on the taped grid

Or to be nestled and kept in place on the taped grid.

See the Tutorial below for more information on how to reflex the tulip petals to create a fully opened flower.

Continue to interweave blades of grass around the tulips

Continue to interweave blades of grass around the tulips.

Draping the grass

Interweaving and draping the grass into a neat shape.

Weave in a few long blades of grass to drape over the containers

Weave in a few long blades of grass to drape over the containers

And only these blades into tight ringlets

And curl only these blades into tight ringlets.

Book readers turn to page 289 for the best method of curling grass. I also have a video of this for you to show you a close-up in my online workshop.
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

... but to get you started I also have a more traditional method that you can try. See the Tutorial below for more details.

Finish the design with a few dew drop crystals

Finish the design with a few dew drop crystals.

Notice I put the crystals on using a pin? This is because it is the only way I have found that will not damage the plant material. See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions.

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Tutorials

2 April 2014 Turning the sellotape over the vase trick up-side-down for a sticky side out frog

Tape a grid over a vase to keep the floral details in place

22 January 2014 That good old double vase trick

Create a dry layer by placing a smaller vase inside the larger vase

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

3 March 2011 Reflex Tulip Petals

Tulip petals can be opened or reflexed to create a fuller bloom

21 March 2012 Where to cut Tulips to condition

Here is a trick to make sure your tulips will condition thoroughly

21 January 2015 Braiding three Tulip stems

Plait Tulip stems

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 May 2019 Weaving and Interweaving for contrast

My block design is shaped around a Styrofoam block. It is bulky but lightweight and a great way to reuse packaging.

26 February 2020 Weave a grass Platform for an opening Tulip bud

Tulips continue to grow as they open. This means you not only have to be mindful of their proportions as they are now... but also as they will be once open.

1 October 2012 Weaving a ball shaped Dew-drop Catcher from grass

Weave a sphere from grass

20 January 2021 Trapped Bubble Double Shallow Vase Design

Trap air between two vases to create a third circle... and frame for a small feather hint to a hopeful Spring

24 March 2021 A Spring Sprout Wreath Flower Frog

Craft an everything is still growing spring design to celebrate... what we love!

Favourite Flowers

Tulipa

Tulip

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21 January 2015 Tiptoe through the Tulips

Braid Tulip stems to set in water

4 April 2018 Grow on it

Wedge twigs into a vase to create a grid.

22 February 2017 Perfect!

Tulips are so perfect just as they are all that is needed is to simply drape their graceful leaves around the flowers

16 January 2019 Every. Single. Week.

Stand tulips upright in a shallow container with a suspended twig armature.

26 February 2020 To top it all off

This is a great "space-keeper" design. The tulip will continue to grow into the vase height as they open... but until then the grass platform part of the design diverts your...

1 October 2012 How to catch a dew drop:

Weave a sphere from grass to catch a precious and exquisite and perfect glistening early autumn dew drop

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