My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Swing ripped foliage over a mop-head of hydrangeas to follow the natural curve

Fill a fishbowl vase with water

Fill a fishbowl vase with water.

Cut the hydrangea stems short

Cut the hydrangea stems short so that you can fill the vase with flowers.

Rip grass or foliage into strips

Rip grass or foliage into strips.

I used iris leaves for my design. Book readers turn to page 46 for additional tips for using ripped foliage and grass. The very first Tutorial looks so beautiful if you want to put in a little bit more effort to finish off the design. But to get you started I have included the basic Tutorial for ripping foliage below this post.

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Slip the grass through the mop-head into the water below

Slip the grass through the mop-head into the water below.

Gently curve the grass and insert it into the water at the other end

Gently curve the grass and insert it into the water at the other end.

Oh... this needs a bit of a pause. "Curve the foliage" is such a short sentence for such an important part of the design! I tell you more about that in this week's email. You will find the subscribe button below this post if you are not yet receiving your once-a-week notification email with the weekly tip.

Drape the ripped foliage over the hydrangeas

Drape the ripped foliage over the hydrangeas.

Allow the longer blades of grass or foliage to swing over the design and gently rest towards the front

Allow the longer blades of grass or foliage to swing over the design and gently drape and rest towards the front.

Curl the thinnest end of a few ripped strands

Curl the thinnest end of a few ripped strands.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions... again you will also find more information about this in my book. Page 55 shows you how I curled ripped flax into beautiful ringlet curls.

Insert the one end of the strand into the water and settle the curled end over the ripped foliage drape

Insert the one end of the strand into the water and settle the curled end over the ripped foliage drape.

Add a few sparkling dew drop crystals to finish the design

Add a few sparkling dew drop crystals to finish the design.

Top up the water so that the hydrangeas are in deep water and even the ripped foliage can remain hydrated

Top up the water so that the hydrangeas are in deep water and even the ripped foliage can remain hydrated.

Book readers turn to page 184 for a larger (upcycle) version but to get you started I have included a Tutorial for creating your own syringe with tube to top up the water without disturbing the design details below.

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Tutorials

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

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

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

25 May 2016 Sliced Grassy Cabbage

Slicing a cabbage to create an armature for a vegetable design.

16 June 2021 Shelter grass veil for a round container

A single lily flower design dressed up with a grass veil.

12 June 2019 Loop-over grass veil for a cool summer design

A cool and minimal floral design for summer.

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

23 August 2017 Twirl a ripped Phormium pumpkin pod

Rip the New Zealand flax to create a delicate fiber armature

21 July 2021 Knot a delicate hammock from ripped foliage

Light and airy addition to a floral design to celebrate summer

7 November 2018 Ripped Flax Mittens

Knot delicate floral mittens from flax.

8 August 2018 Wrap around grass loop and knot armature

Connect strips of ripped grass to create a knotted armature for short stemmed flowers

4 June 2014 Weaving a ring basket

Create a wire frame and weave ripped foliage around it

Favourite Flowers

Hydrangea

Hydrangea, when cultivated as a cut flower rather as a plant it is often revered to as Hortensia

Related Designs

15 June 2022 Take a swing at it

A cooling design for early summer days with swinging ripped grass and more than enough water for thirsty hydrangeas.

25 May 2016 Half the Fun

Cut a cabbage to create a design platform

26 June 2012 Diamond Jubilee Waterfall

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11 April 2011 Veiled Sunshine:50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions

16 June 2021 Dream Rescue

Weave the most delicate grass shelter veil for a gorgeous lily.

12 June 2019 Almost... all over!

Loop a grass veil over a lily stem to create a minimalist summer design.

13 September 2017 Around again

Tape a grid at the edge of a container

23 August 2017 Almost is still not quite

Weave just a hint of the Autumn to come

6 November 2012 Mr. Stalk, the Seriously Terrifying Scarecrow, on his Day Off

An easy going design of ripped grass and calla lilies. But look a bit closer. See if you can find Mr. Stalk relaxing somewhere between the blades of grass.

21 July 2021 High-Strung

String up a tiny hammock for a dreamy summer vacation design

7 November 2018 Grab your party mittens, flower buds… it’s Book Launch Day!

Celebrating my book launch by knotting floral mittens using the design Tutorial from my book and the template from the free gift template booklet.

8 August 2018 On the net

Knot a net to rest short stem orchids on.

4 June 2014 All white, just not quite

My article and woven ring basket design featured in the summer issue of DIY Weddings Magazine

22 July 2020 Step It Up

Dress up a pair of hand coiled flip-flops with succulents.