My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Summer harvest Vine Swirl

Tape a few clear lines across one side of a shallow container

oh yes... our good and trusted clear tape mechanic to the rescue... tape a few clear lines across one side of a shallow container

If you are not yet familiar with the clear tape trick to keep your plant material suspended above water see the detailed Tutorial below this post.

Fill the vase with water

Fill the container with water.

You can absolutely cut the gerbera stems short and simply rest them on the tape

You can absolutely cut the gerbera stems short and simply rest them on the tape... but...

for my design I picked the larger outer layer of the petals

For my design I picked the larger of the outer layer (ray petals) to mostly design with the trans and disk floret...

Design note: I did this because I wanted my flowers to be more... scruffy. Like the end of a summer overgrown, last one flowering in the garden... scruffy. It is one of those tiny, tiny details that your eyes pick up even though you can't immediately see what makes it special... you feel there is something different...

Press the petals in a heavy book.

Design note: You can preserve the petals to use by simply pressing the petals in a heavy book.

I use the proof copies of my book that I received to approve the printing paper and ink... I don't have the heart to throw them out even though these were not quite perfect... But any older book will do.
also... book readers turn to page 123 where I talk about preserving flowers.
For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Cut the stem short and rest the gerberas on the the tape to suspend the disk floret above the water

Cut the stem short and rest the gerberas on the the tape to suspend the disk floret above the water.

Prepare the vines

Prepare the vines... I start off by removing as much of the foliage as my design idea allows..

... new growth is so gorgeous to design with. But it is also really difficult to condition. I have a few tips for you this week to prepare the vines so that they outlast the flowers and even grow in the shallow container in our notification email this week. If you are not yet signed up the button is below this post. Also to get you started I have included a few more Tutorials and Design examples below this post.

Add the vines into the design

Add the vines into the design.

Keep in mind that the vines will continue to grow

Keep in mind that the vines will continue to grow so place the cut end well below the water line and then place the tip (if you decide to keep it) in such a way that it is supported and will be supported once it perks up and starts to grow again.

Design with the idea that it will complete the wreath in mind. Place the stems so that they cross one another and will complete the wreath once grown.

So far the design has been merely placing the design part comes from arranging the tendrils

So far the design has been merely placing the design part comes from arranging the tendrils...

I arranged the tendrils so that they frame or point to all the tiny dew drop crystals in the disk floret

I arranged the tendrils so that they frame or point to all the tiny dew drop crystals in the disk floret.

Use your pin to slip the tendril to place the tendril so that it holds on to the disk floret to connect the two design elements

Use your pin to slip the tendril to place so that it holds on to the disk floret to connect the two design elements.

See the Tutorial below for the How and the Why I use a pin to position the dew drop crystals.

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Tutorials

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...

2 July 2014 Clearly invisible taped Grid

This is the easiest way to keep flower in place

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.

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

15 May 2019 Glue a grapevine armature shaped like the petals of an open rose

Cut a wreath into sections to glue back together into a beautiful rose petal shape

13 October 2021 Weave a willow wreath around a minimal pumpkin display

It’s amazing how we sometimes try to complicate a design. I tried adding calla lilies… took them out and loved the willow. Added gerberas. Took them out and loved the willow....

4 October 2017 Display wreath that hover around a big shiny pumpkin

For this design I wanted my wreath to be light and airy so that it just whips around the solid pumpkin like a breeze.

28 October 2020 Vase topped with a Hollow Wreath for Halloween

Create a dimensional wreath by assembling wreath vine to hug around an oblong container.

7 October 2020 Floral wreath ring stem armature for a cute pumpkin patch in a stem vase design

Use a wreath to keep flower and a heavy little ghost pumpkin in place in a small vase.

1 November 2017 Pierce and stack fall leaves to rest on the edge of a container

Use one leaf to keep the next in place

13 September 2017 Tape a grid around the edges of a container for a table top wreath

Suspend flowers with an almost invisible taped grid

Favourite Flowers

Gerbera

Transvaal Daisy, Gerbera Daisy, Germini

Related Designs

14 September 2022 Overgrown S-Autum-mer Swirl

Designing for somewhere not still summer not yet autumn weather...

20 January 2011 The last Vine Wreath

Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...

27 September 2017 As tendrils tend to do

Curl a wreath with tendrils to create a twig-pumpkin

15 May 2019 Heard it through the grapevine?

Have you heard? I have wonderful news this week. Oh! and I also have this pretty grapevine armature shaped like the petals of an open rose to show you. But... Have you heard...

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

… and why we call this the special craftsmanship edition

19 October 2016 There are Octobers

Autumn wreath

13 October 2021 Gratitude

A minimal Thanks Giving design that is a modern take on a wreath

4 October 2017 Whipped up in the autumn breeze

Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin

28 October 2020 Magic Spell Number 614: How to make absolutely any task you need to do fun

A hint of a wreath table top design for pre-Halloween decorating.

7 October 2020 Let’s circle around to this one

Create a floral circlet to rest the little pumpkin on... but above the water line.

1 November 2017 A Round

Create a delicate design that rests lightly on the edge of a container

28 October 2015 On Pumpkin Coloured Days

Create a besom broom to sweep up those Autumn leaves

13 September 2017 Around again

Tape a grid at the edge of a container

2 April 2014 Apricity

Turning a stand-by floral technique sticky side out

30 June 2021 Into a Puddle!

Heat proof floral design for summer.