My Creative Workbook

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.

Kyogi Paper strips

I wove my basic heart shape from shaven wood strips but you can use flax, grape vine, willow or any other flexible plant material

Start weaving the heart frame

Create a frame for your design. Continue to weave in and out of the frame to fill in the shape.

I wove the heart shape form shaved wood strips

Secure all the end strips by tucking them firmly into the design.

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3 August 2011 Corsage Magnets

Most contemporary corsages and boutonnieres are now fixed with magnets and no longer pins that could damage fabric

21 July 2011 Weaving a bird

I wove my bird from shaved wood but you can also use flax, coconut palm (more traditional) or paper or ribbon

21 July 2011 Weaving a fan basket

Dark and dramatic burgundy lilies are tucked in low to line a fan shaped basket that unravels into an unruly nest

Related Designs

3 August 2011 Magnetic Fields Forever

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