Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Loosened Wreath Armature
The armature is made from a wreath. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to weave a wreath
Place a large wreath on a flat design surface and make a few cuts so that it is easier to loosen the wreath.
Gently lift the layers of the wreath to separate
Work your way through the the twigs to loosen it up
Hook one of the wreath twigs over the rim of the container to secure
Let the spirals of the vine wreath drop naturally
Glue in small test tubes to keep the flowers hydrated
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I make test tubes from drinking straws
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...
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
I wanted my willow armature to hint of a web-like dreamcatcher that grows in the wild rather than being a precise replica of the traditional craft technique. But I did weave it...
Break pine scales from the cone and glue on a wreath frame to create a continuous pine scale wreath
Make a wire wreath frame with wire and cover it with growth mesium or moss to design on
Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container
A design demonstration looking at preparing for competition designs: thinking bigger
This was the first design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration
Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin
Just like the weather is only hinting at spring, so is this design only hinting at being a basket
The third design I did for my book launch demonstration looking at aspects that influences my effortless style of designing.
Frame a passion flower in a vine wreath for a short lived but so pretty arrangement.
Whipped up to be light in the Spring breeze wreath design.
Craft an arch armature to display those early autumn treasures.
A wire and twig permanent display basket with tiny water sources for a few fresh flowers that can be replaced as needed.
Weave a wreath to thread a dome for an Autumn leaf design
Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions
I wove vine wreaths to form a pyramid, one just slightly larger than the next. In the natural cavities between the wreaths I placed the roses and lisianthus in plastic covered...