Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Roll a folded leaf coil
Stack three fall leaves
Fold the leaves over and stitch together with a needle and thread
Stack and fold three more leaves
Nestle them in the first three leaves and stitch
Keep nestling in leaves and stitching them together to create a long garland
You will need quite a long garland for this design so keep going.
Start to roll the garland.
Roll the first bit loosely...
Then tighten the roll as you go along so that it keeps it's shape
While the roll is still small it is easy to manipulate. Keep the bottom folded part perfectly in line as you go along
Continue to roll the leaf coil
When the coil becomes to big to easily manipulate place it in a flat container
Continue to wrap the leaf garland around the coil
For visual interest, vary the tension. Wrap the coil tightly around and next time loosely.
Press the coil down so that the bottom folded edge remain flat.
Continue to roll the coil to fill the container
Fill the entire container so that it is tight and will dry in this coiled shape
Cover the outside of the leaf coil with a glued garland so that you cannot see the stitching
Fold a leaf in half
Fold a second leaf over it
Add another leaf and secure with tiny drops of glue
Continue to add leaves to create a new garland
Slip the glue garland into the stitched garland and wrap the garland around the coil to cover the stitched area
Carefully lift the coil out of the container to perfectly match the edges
Autumn leaf coil ready to design with.
I used to make baskets full of these when I was a little girl. We had a big Acasia thorn tree and I used to spear my “roses” onto the tree pretending I was the fairy responsible...
Great way to use all the autumn leaves you collect on walks during the season. Slowly build up the leaf rosette and let the leaves dry before adding a few more.
This was the third design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration