My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

A plait, a braid or a French knot grass collar

"Plaid" and "braid" are synonyms, and where you are from will most likely dictate whether you use plait (British) or braid (American or Celtic). Some people also refer to cornrows as braids or refer to pinned up plaits as braids. A French braid is a braiding technique.

Add blades of grass into the vase.

Add blades of grass into the vase.

Comb the grass with your hand in the direction the french braid will be.

Comb the grass with your hand in the direction the french braid will be.

Part the grass into three sections.

Part the grass into three equal sections.

Cross the outer grass sections.

Cross the outer grass sections.

Braiding pattern.

Braiding pattern. Start by folding the left stand over center strand. Then follow with folding the right strand over the center.

Add one blade per section.

Add one blade per section at a time to braid a thin collar.

The grass braid will naturally curve around the vase. Keep the tension and the amount of blades of grass approximately the same all around the vase for a neat braid.

Continue to plait the grass to form a strand

Continue to plait the grass to form a strand.

Add blades of grass as you move around the vase.

Add blades of grass as you move around the vase.

When all the loose blades of grass is in the braid continue the pattern.

When all the loose blades of grass are in the braid continue the pattern.

Finish the grass braid with a simple knot.

Finish the grass braid with a simple knot.

Secure the end pieces by weaving each strand back into the braid.

Or secure the end pieces by weaving each strand back into the braid.

Weave the braid into the first section.

Weave the braid into the first section.

Tidy up the braid by weaving any loose strand in on itself.

Tidy up the braid by weaving any loose strand in on itself.

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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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