My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Messy wire lace

I call this lace because I use pins to guide the wire sections together- almost like you do when making lace.

Draw the Christmas stocking shape on paper

Draw the Christmas stocking shape on a large sheet of paper.

Tape the drawing of the stocking on to a sheet of Polystyrene

Tape the drawing of the stocking on to a sheet of Polystyrene

Pin the outline

Press pins securely into the outline shape.

Tie the fishing line between the pins and secure with knots

Tie the fishing line between the pins and secure with double knots

Continue stringing the line and knotting the cross-sections in a messy lace pattern

Continue stringing the line and knotting all the cross sections in a messy lace pattern

Add sections of wire with curled tendrils to the stocking lace

Add sections of wire with curled tendrils to the stocking lace. This will help the stocking keep its shape.

You will need two stocking pieces

Unpin the shape and secure any loose ends with wire and make another shape in mirror image

Connect the two sides with wire

Connect the two shapes with sections of wire

First tie the back, then the sole and lastly the toe and up the front of the stocking

First tie the back, then the sole and lastly the toe and up the front of the stocking

Wire frame for Jack Frosts Christmas stocking

The wire frame for the stocking is ready to decorate. It is surprisingly sturdy.

Weave in the healthy roots from Phalaenopsis orchid plants

Remove the growth medium (or wooden chips) and condition the Phalaenopsis orchid roots. For my design I used 3 plants. Start to weave in the roots making sure each section is secure.

The roots add dimention to the design and keep the puffed out shape

The roots add dimension to the design and keep the puffed out shape of the stocking to fill.

Glue in tiny ice pellet beads to add sparkle on the orchid roots.

Glue in tiny ice pellet beads to add sparkle (and frost) on the orchid roots

Wire in a few small test tubes to keep the orchids fresh

Lastly, as always, I add tiny glass tubes to fill with water for my frost green cymbidium orchids

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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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