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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with weaving techniques

This was my first two designs for my Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting

I demonstrated three floral craft cake designs and three matching floral art designs using the same design techniques and I incorporated my three techniques, where possible, in the other designs just to show how versatile it is.

Floral Art and Craft Demonstration Weaving.

To weave is to interlace bands or strands or strips of material at right angles to build up a patterned mat, surface or sculptural form.

My Floral Craft design: Weaving ice cream cones

Floral craft cone designs

For my neat Kyogi paper ice-cream cone designs I demonstrated how to do a balanced plain weave, turned diagonal and then shaped in a cone.

Plain weaving pattern

A plain weave looks like a checker-board and is often described as a "one-up-one-down weave" or "over and under" pattern.

Secure the orchids by weaving in strands of ripped foliage

For the ice cream part of the design I glued a few strands of ripped dried cymbidium orchid leaves and wove it in and out and around the tiny test tubes and orchids to secure it in place.

Combine a neat plain weave with a messy, less dense weave

By combining a neat plain weave with a messy, less dense weave you can create a design that changes from arranged to disordered without being overly obvious

Weaving floral ice cream cones.

Floral Craft ice cream cones

My Floral Art Design: Weaving a Midelino cane coil globe cup

Midelino cane coils globe cup

I then showed how to use the weaving technique to make a less dense sculptural form by weaving random bands of Midelino cane coils into a globe cup

Weaving the coils creates added structural stability.

Weaving the coils creates added structural stability.

Add strength to a shape that would otherwise have been flimsy

And adds strength to a shape that would otherwise have been flimsy

Randomly follow the over and under pattern

Randomly follow the over and under pattern

Weave in the fresh plant material

And then weave in the fresh plant material

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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