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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Willow Parasol

Cut 5 lengths of sturdy wire to curve for your parasol shape.

Cut 5 lengths of sturdy wire to curve for your parasol shape.

To weave the willow through the wires you need an uneven number of wires so after securing it in the middle with bind wire bend one of the legs in for a handle.

To weave the willow through the wires you need an uneven number of wires so after securing it in the middle with bind wire bend one of the legs in for a handle.

 Weave thin willow stems through the wires in to create a dense spiral around the binding point.

Weave thin willow stems through the wires in to create a dense spiral around the binding point.

See the Tutorial below for more instructions on how to manipulate twigs and how to weave

Plait three willow stems around the woven spiral to look like flower petals

Plait three willow stems around the woven spiral to look like flower petals

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to plait

Wrap more thin willow stem around these stems to secure the braided stems

Wrap more thin willow stem around these stems to secure the braided stems. This is a looser weaving pattern. Wrap the stem around the wire once and extend it to the next wire. I also covered the exposed wire inside the braided petals by wrapping the wire with willow stems.

Bend the wire ends in with heavy duty pliers and finish the looser weave right up to the bend

Bend the wire ends in with heavy duty pliers and finish the looser weave right up to the bend

Weave more stems all the way to the bottom and a few random stems curving over the parasol to create a wild and natural effect.

Weave more stems all the way to the bottom and a few random stems curving over the parasol to create a wild and natural effect.

Wrap the handle with willow stems

Wrap the handle with willow stems

Set the parasol aside so that the stems can dehydrate and dry before adding the hydrangeas, moss and orchids

Set the parasol aside so that the stems can dehydrate and dry before adding the hydrangeas, moss and 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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