Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Lily grass spiral in a vase
Place a bundle of lily grass in a vase
Add a second bundle...
Keep adding bundles of grass to almost fill the vase. For my design I used nine bunches of lily grass
Gather the bundle of grass...
And gently twist the blades
When you release the grass it naturally falls into a spiral.
Move the blades of grass so that you have a puddle of water in the middle for the orchids
Add the orchids to nestle in the grass, using the blades to help the slippers stand upright. To add visual interest I added a few curled lily grass blades. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to curl grass
Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.
Tie Midelino Cane coils to make a spiral armature
Komiwara is a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.
A creative way to keep foliage hydrated for a cool, water filled summer design.
A fun design... with a hula skirt (...for the cool summer breeze to arrange and rearrange)
A simple placement of bud vases... with the tiniest of lemon coloured twist that makes them unusual.
Braiding and plaiting and knotting hair is a huge trend in hairdressing at the moment. Intricate little plaits are draped over long flowing hair to add complexity and quirk. ...
Designing adventurous Contemporary Floral centerpieces Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine.
Suspend small bud vases with Macramé-like knotted wool. This design is featured on The Fusion Flowers Magazine... Fusion Links page.