Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Twirl a ripped Phormium pumpkin pod
Rip the flax into strips with a Kenzan
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions
Cut a few sections of wire
Shape the wire in a circle
Twist the end pieces together to shape the stalk
Connect all the wires on the other side in the middle of the circle
Bend the wire open to shape the pod
Make sure the wires are secure and bend away any sharp edges
Twist the ripped flax around the bottom part to secure and conceal the wire
Wrap the flax around the wire extend it to the next wire and wrap it around that wire. This is the basic "weaving" pattern.
Continue to wrap the flax around the wire
Spiral the flax out and around to cover the wire
Simply gather new sections and wrap that with the ends of the previous section when one is done and wrap that around the wire
Twirl the flax all the way up the wire
Wrap the stalk part with flax
Secure the flax at the stalk with a knot
Curl a few dangling bits of flax by wrapping it around twigs
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to curl flax
And hang the pumpkin pod to dry
Design note: The Kalanchoe is a succulent and the flowers will remain pretty in the design for at least a week without a water source... yes really!
Wrap a foliage circle to9 create a base for a magnetized corsage
Wrap and weave and twirl and dangle foliage to create a spiral nest
Create a sheltered or veiled design by framing the outer edge of your armature (in this case thick cardboard) with long strands of grass
A sturdy shape made by binding Mikado reeds keeps the thin strands of flax in place.
A dried bundle of ripped flax hides a secret water source for the orchids
Celebrating my book launch by knotting floral mittens using the design Tutorial from my book and the template from the free gift template booklet.
A visual breather from all the bright and festive designs to come when designing for Autumn.
A cooling design for early summer days with swinging ripped grass and more than enough water for thirsty hydrangeas.
My article and woven ring basket design featured in the summer issue of DIY Weddings Magazine
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.
I wanted my parasol design to be thoroughly me, and thoroughly contemporary yet respectful of the guiding rules and methods shared by the different schools of Ikebana.
Design Two from my Inspiration Video: Use the same floral ingredients, willow twigs, Lichen, Spanish Moss, Kalanchoe and Gypsophila to make three distinctly different contemporary...