Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Submerged vine wreath armature to beat the summer heat
Carefully remove the foliage from a long vine. Make sure not to cut away the tendrils and keep the vine in water as much as possible to keep it hydrated.
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Measure the one stem end of the vine to begin weaving a small wreath. The loop should be just slightly larger so that it fits snugly in the container.
Weave a sturdy wreath into the vine.
If you are unsure of how to weave a wreath you can find loads of information about manipulating stems so that they don't break, how to weave, how to interweave stems in my book. But to get you started I have also included a more detailed Tutorial below.
Slip the wreath into the container so that it fits snug against the sides
Fill the container with water.
Make sure the vine end is well below the water line so that it remains hydrated.
Drape the rest of the length of the vine over the container to create a sweeping curve
Groom Alstroemeria flowers into a small bunch so that you can see the vine through the flower stems.
Give the flower stem a fresh cut before inserting it in to the design
Design note: we do this. We all learn how to do this... but do you know WHY? I find conditioning rather fascinating. It is a great clue to the creative potential of each flower. I explain a bit more of the why (beyond it lasts longer) in my book- from the flower's perspective.
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman
Slip the flower stem through the vine wreath so that it stands perfectly upright.
Drape the vine towards the flowers to create a unit making sure the tendrils keep the flowering stems in place.
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