Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Baby’s Breath Wave Cascade
Groom a gyp stem to have a neat "v". Choose a vine that has almost the same split to combine with the gyp. Weave the vine through half of the gyp. Keep this end of your design light and airy. It will be the point of the cascade. Groom away flowers if needed.
This vine guides the shape of the flowers and also give the design its curve.
Weave a second vine through the flowers to create "V"
Add in another gyp stem above these two to follow the natural curve.
Make sure to fluff out the flowers so that you show off the light, fluffy quality of the flowers- almost like sea spray for our wave.
Add in another stem above that to start adding bulk to the curve.
Add in more vines to help guide the cascade shape.
Easy-peasy up to now. Here is your opportunity to add a bit of craftmanship to elevate your design. I did not want a lot of bulky stems distracting from my cascade. But to keep the stems minimal needs a bit of effort. If you want to level up I have a tip for you. I discuss it in our email this week (with a hint for beginners to make it easy to practice) in greater detail. Make sure you are signed up. The button is below the post. Or you can just insert the cascade into a vase and... done. But it really makes a difference to pay a bit more attention to the smaller details.
Place the stem bundle at an angle in the container.
See the three longer stems? That is what I am talking about in our email.
Weave in more vines to further tame the cascade shape.
Manipulate the flowers to follow the curve using the vines as a guide...
Add in flowers to fill in any gaps using the stems to keep them in place as I explained in the email.
ps: Book readers don't you think page 392 would be fun with a design like this... I can imagine it for a beach theme for instance...
Glue gypsophila sticks, flowers and dandelion seeds into a star shape
I designed and printed these clips on a 3D printer as a fast, secure and convenient way to hang water tubes vertically down fishing line.
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...
Set the rosary vines into the natural cavity of the flower head.
It is possible to curve or adjust a curve in plant material
Weave a canopy or parachute shaped armature in a way that you can place the stems in two vases to keep it hydrated.
Glue twig snippets to closely follow the shape of a glass vase
A sticky shooting star made with gypsophila stems and fluffy dandelion seeds
The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.
Tucked into the box with every advance copy of the book, the effortless floral craftsman is a packet of clips. This design and Tutorial is a bit of inspiration... what will you...
A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show
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...