Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl
Design note: using this technique makes the surface you stretched slightly more shiny so do not use it on foliage with a powdery surface such as iris foliage. Also some grasses cut when you rub over the saw-tooth edge of the blade so be careful.
Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl by carefully stretching it
Cushion the blade of grass with the pad of your thumb where you want it to curl
Gently pinch the blade between your fingers and pull it through to slowly stretch is
Be careful not to rip the grass
Slowly build up the amount you stretch the grass from a gentle curve...
To a ringlet curl
Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...
Follow the flower's natural curve but you can also curve only sections to create an elegant crescent or a curve at the tip of the stem
Equisetum is hollow and jointed resembling miniature bamboo but it can be shaped into spirals by wiring the shoots
Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display
Tulips are so perfect just as they are all that is needed is to simply drape their graceful leaves around the flowers
Hoard a few acorns in the fork of a twig to show off a single oncidium orchid.
Weave a trap to keep your floral details suspended in a square container.
Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...
I left the grass to mature so that the tips mirror the sun bleached yellow of the orchids.
A submerged design... perfect for summertime designing... and enjoying!
A creative way to keep foliage hydrated for a cool, water filled summer design.
Fold open a lily bud to conceal a clever little BoutStix floral magnet for an unusual corsage.
Hanging pumpkins and tiny vases to create a Autumn mobile floral design.
A light and airy (no floral foam but still long lasting) floral design for those days that you are really, really looking for signs of Spring.
While waiting for the blossoms to open... why not weave in a touch of Valentine's Day love?
A closer look at my design at Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show last week. The show was cancelled right after we staged the designs due to COVID-19 concerns.
A bit of a wrong way round pretty Easter design. Put the basket weave inside the egg instead of putting the eggs in a basket.
Some floral fashion inspiration: weave a pretty clutch purse
...ok not really that fancy- it’s made from paper pulp. Some cardboard to wrap the string around… really. In the spirit of 2020- I am inspired by the endless stream of cardboard...
Hide an egg inside a interwoven nest for a dainty Easter decoration design.
Hang the arum lilies from the edge of a container to support all the other floral details.
Luxuriously filled design... filled with flowers... filled with grass. But most fun, for us as designers filled with hidden techniques
A cooling design for early summer days with swinging ripped grass and more than enough water for thirsty hydrangeas.
A glued snipped to create a cooling cone for dangling orchids
When life hands you dyed flowers you make... well creatively speaking it turned out to be not such a bad thing after all!
A leaning twig armature with both the first signs of Spring and the last signs of winter.