My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Willow Paddle

You will need a sturdy twig to rest on a shallow container

You will need a sturdy twig, with a fork in it, to rest on a shallow container

Wind a willow stem around one of the twigs close to the fork

Wind a willow stem around one of the twigs close to the fork

Make sure you catch the tip by winding the stem over it

Make sure you catch the tip by winding the stem over it

Wind the willow between the two twigs in a figure eight pattern.

Wind the willow between the two twigs in a figure eight pattern.

Creating a x in between the stems

Creating a "x" in between the stems.

Wiggle the end of one stem into the figure eight

Wiggle the end of one stem into the figure eight...

And catch a new stem under the previous one

... and catch a new stem under the previous one

Because you are winding the stems tightly it will pull the two twigs closer. Place a twig to keep the two sides seperated

Cut into both ends of a twig with a sharp knife

Cut into both ends of a twig with a sharp knife. Be careful not to split the entire twig.

Slip the split ends over the forked twigs to keep it open

Slip the split ends over the forked twigs to keep it open.

Continue to wind the willow

Continue to wind the willow

Wiggle the split twig down the forked twigs as you go along

Wiggle the split twig down the forked twigs as you go along.

Wind willow stems to the end of the forked twigs

Wind willow stems to the end of the forked twigs

Secure the split twig with a figure eight knot of willow

Secure the split twig with a figure eight knot of willow.

Willow paddle ready to design with

Willow paddle ready to design with

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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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