My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Stringing wool and Spanish moss

Hang wool and Spanish moss from a stick to create a veiled design. The Spanish moss will continue to grow in the design.

Fold the wool in half.

Cut a length of wool double the height of the design. Fold the wool in half. Place the loop behind the stick.

Pull the wool through.

Pull the wool through the loop.

Pull the knot tight

Pull the knot tight. Separate the two dangling ends

Comb the wool strands to hang down

Comb the wool strands with your fingers to untangle them and let them hang down straight.

Glue the hydrangeas to the wool

Glue the dried hydrangeas to the wool. See Tutorial below on how to dry Hydrangeas

Dangle the spanish moss to tangle with the wool.

Dangle the Spanish moss to tangle with the wool.

Floral Art competition rules state that plant material must predominate over all the other components of the exhibit. Make sure you cover about 70% of the strands with moss to comply with floral art schedule regulations.

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30 May 2012 Drying Hydrangeas: Fast, Flat or Natural

Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.

Related Designs

8 August 2012 Stringing in the rain

A veil of green wool, Spanish moss and dried hydrangeas hang over white lilies

23 March 2016 Celebrate!

A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show

18 May 2016 Because I think I am making Progress

Create a floral ceiling

29 March 2017 A Twirl

Suspend a wire chandelier design to twirl

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

31 January 2018 Rock, don't Roll

Balance the heavy Protea flower head to lean against a rock.

23 May 2018 In Summer!

A contemporary cascade of rosary vine and dried petals.

19 September 2018 Before I show you my book- let me show you my book

… and why we call this the special craftsmanship edition

17 October 2018 But wait… there's more!

Tucked into the box with every advance copy of the book, the effortless floral craftsman is a packet of clips. This design and Tutorial is a bit of inspiration... what will you...

20 March 2019 It’s all ===> right

Hang a dangling eggshell in a Spring blossom design.

22 January 2020 Spacer

Armatures are great (budget friendly) spacers for creating large floral designs without using an enormous amount of your resources.

2 September 2020 Last full Moon of summer

All natural design using the design elements as mechanics.

10 August 2022 Space holder

Creating a bit of space in a summer design to allow for the plant material to naturally fall as it wants.