My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Suspended, suspended buds in a zig zag grass thread

Place a shallow container on your working surface

Place a container that is long and shallow on your working surface.

Measure and cut wire to comfortably span across the container

Measure and cut wire to comfortably span across the container

Curl one end of the wire to act as a stopper to keep the design details in place

Curl one end of the wire to act as a stopper to keep the design details in place.

Curve the grass and thread the wire through it

Fold the grass into a curve (don't fold it flat it flat at an angle) and thread the wire through it.

Curve the grass again and thread it through the wire

Curve the grass back over the wire again and thread it through the wire...

And back again and thread it

And back again and thread it to secure.

Add the next blade by overlapping it in the direction of the previous blade

Add the next blade by overlapping it in the direction of the previous blade.

Fold the blade of grass and secure it with wire

Fold the blade of grass all the way to the tip and secure it with wire.

Work close to the sharp end and move the grass towards the end with the folded stopper

Work close to the sharp end and move the grass towards the end with the folded stopper as you fill the wire with grass folds.

Fill the wire with grass folds from sharp end to stopper

Fill the wire with grass folds from sharp end to stopper.

Fold the sharp end into a stopper with your pliers

Fold the sharp end of the wire into a stopper with your pliers.

Place the grass zig zag on the container

Place the grass zig zag on the container.

Cut away the points of grass that sticks out

Cut away the points of grass that sticks out... if you want to. It looked rather nice as is but would have been too distracting with the dramatic buds I am using. But maybe it is just the thing you need for your design?

Fill the container with water

Fill the container with water.

Collect the buds you want to design with

Collect the buds you want to design with...

Oh yes... dyed flowers. Love them? Hate them?
These arrived "by mistake" and I thought it might be a fun challenge for me, since it is not at all my effortless style.

My solution came to me by accident when I made the pictures on page 71 of my book to show how flowers take up water. I noticed something rather peculiar that happened to the buds. For a special hint on how to suspend flowers in this tight bud stage for your design see this week’s email. You can sign up below the post.

But for a more... well... almost more natural solution I have also included a Tutorial below to get you started.

For more information about my book: The Effortless Floral Craftsman

Place the dendrobium buds to hook over the wire

Place the dendrobium buds to hook over the wire, alternating the direction they point to.

Leaving a gap towards one end for the opened pure white dendrobium orchids

Leaving a gap towards one end for the opened pure white dendrobium orchids.

Hook the orchids over the wire

Hook the orchids over the wire so that they are standing in the water to hydrate.

Add a slightly open bud into the design to break the neat flower placement

Add a slightly open bud into the design to break the neat flower placement.

Fold a long blade of grass on one end

Fold a long blade of grass on one end...

Slip it below the grass zig zag

Slip it below the grass zig zag...

To gently drape over the design

To gently drape over the design.

Fold and slip in another blade of grass from the other side

Fold and slip in another blade of grass from the other side...

And drape it all the way to the open orchids

And drape it all the way to the open orchids.

If you are curious as to how I curl these blades of grass see the detailed instructions in the Tutorial below.

And add a few dew drop crystals to finish off the design

And add a few dew drop crystals to finish off the design.

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

Tutorials

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

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.

10 May 2017 Skewered Eucalyptus leaf line-up armature

Thread leaves through wire

5 June 2019 Stack a Stack of Stems to create a sturdy grid Armature... with some height

Stack green lily stems to create an upright mechanic to keep shorter stems in place.

17 February 2021 Controlled breaking a thin reed to create a grass spiral armature

Carefully break... but don't snap a reed to create a curved base for a fanned out grass armature.

10 August 2011 Foliage Pleat Garland

Folding a garland from strips of a Aspidistra leaf

13 January 2016 Stacked Grass Pyramid Armature

Stack snippets of grass on a wire frame to make a floating pyramid armature

16 October 2019 Not quite a wreath, not quite a basket armature

Easy to weave design that can hold your prettiest autumn design treasures.

30 March 2012 Keep pod shaped flowers in bud for longer

Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design

Related Designs

31 August 2022 Bud… bud… bud… they were feeling so… very blue

When life hands you dyed flowers you make... well creatively speaking it turned out to be not such a bad thing after all!

10 May 2017 About a line

Skewer and line up leaves to create an armature

10 August 2011 Pleated Pleasure

Pleats are accordion like folds of equal width in alternating opposite directions in any kind of fabric. I absolutely love the tight buds of Allium and they represent the...

5 June 2019 Add up!

Stacking green stems to create an armature for short stemmed flowers.

17 February 2021 From here in out

An all natural, zero waste design using only plant material.

31 July 2019 Jitters!

Zig-zag grass details add a bit of tension to the design

24 October 2018 It all stacks up

Quick and easy: Stack autumn leaves onto a wire for a... tiny table top Christmas tree.

13 January 2016 Once Upon A Time

Stack and glue a Grass Pyramid Armature

16 October 2019 Center Peace

A visual breather from all the bright and festive designs to come when designing for Autumn.