My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Weave a willow twig blind

Weave twigs in parallel to create a twig blind with strong horizontal lines and weave the twigs far apart to create negative spaces between each twig to draw attention to the natural shape and curves of each piece of willow.

Bundle of twigs and wire

I used a bundle of dried willow twigs and two sections of binding wire. Each section of wire is double the length of what you want the blind to be. Fold each length of wire in half.

Twig twist

Slip a twig into the fold and twist the wire twice around the twig at both sides.

Twig blind

Continue to add twigs until you have the length you require.

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5 May 2011 Unravel wire from a copper pot scrubber

Up-cycle a pot scrubber to get a huge roll of very pretty copper wire

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

Favourite Flowers

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow

Related Designs

1 April 2011 A Floral Art Demonstration by Floral Trends Design Group

A Floral Art Demonstration by Floral Trends Design Group with music, narration and pictorial presentation.

25 April 2011 Drinking straws become flower test tubes

Design 2: Up-cycle drinking straws to make tiny test tubes to hold the orchids on my willow twig blind.

13 October 2011 Direct Contrasts

I have always been fascinated, as a designer, by the idea that there is a point when extremes or direct contrasts flip into its opposite.

17 February 2016 Where would you put it!?!

Tie a twig armature enclosure for fresh flowers

30 March 2016 A Point of Support

My contemporary floral art design demonstrated at the Canada Blooms flower show in Toronto.

30 March 2016 Floral Designs From Around The World

A demonstration presented at Canada Blooms, Toronto, Canada I was invited to share the stage with designers from Bermuda, United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Barbados, United...

18 January 2017 Look at you!

Tie twigs to shape a hanging armature

15 February 2017 Step Along

Create twig steps to display the orchids

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

3 March 2021 Spring Tray-ning

A Spring basket design for catching falling blossom petals.