Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Cut into the leaf from the tip.
Follow the shape of the leaf, spiralling in
Continue to cut the leaf smaller, follow the shape but do not cut through the edge.
Long continues leaf swirl ready to design with
Gently wrap the leaf swirl around the wreath
Hook the inside (the bit you cut last, in the middle of the leaf) spiral around a twig and start to wrap
Keep adding leave swirls...
Overlap the swirls to secure the previous strand
Loosely wrap the swirls to leave space to nestle the fresh flowers in
Place the orchids in small test tubes and nestle them between the leaf swirls. The swirls dry beautifully
or set aside the leaf swirls to shrink and dry...
Before adding the flowers
See Tutorial below for more information on how to make tiny test tubes from drinking straws
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
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...
Weave a wreath to thread a dome for an Autumn leaf design
Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin
Create a floral circlet to rest the little pumpkin on... but above the water line.
Craft an arch armature to display those early autumn treasures.
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...