Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Making a parasol
Cut short sections of wooden slats and start to glue them with wood glue into a circular shape.
Continue adding a second layer to create a middle point for the parasol
Finish the middle point with a decorative cross hatch
Glue on five wooden peg supports for the floral parasol
Set the structure aside to dry completely before staining it green to blend in with the dried flax string
Start weaving the flax onto the parasol wood
The first weaving pattern creates the inner circle. Weave under and then around the wood. Creating a flat weave with a cross at the back
Continue this weaving pattern for about a third of the flax string
To create a curve or a dome in the parasol reverse the weaving pattern. Hook the string over the wood to cross over itself in front of the wood with a flat section at the back.
Add the chopsticks handle and wire in test tubes before designing with the plant material.
Splitting the chopsticks or a wooden branch, such as a willow twig creates a natural (and glue-less!) clamp.
Glue a fantasy forest from Popsicle sticks, grape vine tendrils and willow tips
A visual breather from all the bright and festive designs to come when designing for Autumn.