Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Weaving a heart from shaved wood strips
Kyogi paper was historically used in Japan to wrap food all natural, keeps the food from drying out, adds a subtle flavour and it can be composted to return to the crop-soil-cycle! It is pine (or cedar) wood that is shaved so thin its almost transparent. It can be wrapped, rolled, cut, stained, torn and easily glued.
I wove my basic heart shape from shaven wood strips but you can use flax, grape vine, willow or any other flexible plant material
Create a frame for your design. Continue to weave in and out of the frame to fill in the shape.
Secure all the end strips by tucking them firmly into the design.
Most contemporary corsages and boutonnieres are now fixed with magnets and no longer pins that could damage fabric
I wove my bird from shaved wood but you can also use flax, coconut palm (more traditional) or paper or ribbon
The heart shape of my corsage is woven from shaved wood and then decorated with green strawberries. I used corsage magnets to place the corsage on the lapel of a jacket