Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Binding a lily bud
Rip a flax leaf in three to remove the vein in the middle
Measure a stick, bamboo or wooden skewer to be just smaller than the flower bud
Wrap the flax around the skewer
Bring the flax around the lily
Loop the flax under the skewer
Pull the loop tight
Bring the flax all the way around the lily again
Wrap it around the skewer and pull tight
Bands of flax around the back
Attach the other half of the flax with floral glue and continue to bind
This is the basic binding pattern. Continue to wrap and bind until you run out of space on the skewer
Tie or glue the end piece
How to keep Lilies in bud for longer. Removing the pollen. Stringing a Lily Garland.
Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design
Most of the time I would gently tug the pollen covered stamens away the moment it becomes yellow and messy. But the Gloriosa looks rather pretty with the stamens on, so I fix it...
Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.
Twig waterfall creates the boundary between the "under" and the "over" of the design. Tutorial: How to cover test tubes with Rainbow Oasis
It's not really what we call things that matter but what they are made of- in this design, it's made of all three types of Oasis and wool.
Three Lilies plaited to create a sensational, singular flower "growing" out of a Equisetum dome filled with Rainbow Oasis pebbles.