My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

As tendrils tend to do

As tendrils tend to do floral art design

to coil

Vine pumpkin

to curl

Vine tendrils

to loop

Kalanchoe and Physalis

to roll

Kalanchoe and Physalis on a tendril wreath pumpkin

to wind

Kalanchoe and Physalis on a tendril Autumn wreath pumpkin

to scroll

Kalanchoe and Physalis on a tendril Fall wreath pumpkin

to twirl

Kalanchoe and Physalis on a woven wreath pumpkin

to twist

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Tutorials

27 September 2017 Tendril vine Wreath Pumpkin

Reshape a vine wreath into smaller wreaths to combine as a pumpkin

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

16 November 2016 Cut a vine wreath into sections to create a cup shaped armature

Cut a coiled vine wreath into sections to create an delicate armature to frame a few perfect chocolate cosmos flowers

4 May 2016 Loosened Wreath Armature

Snip a dried twig wreath to undo the spirals to hang around a glass container

24 May 2017 Chain link wreath weaving

Weave a few small wreaths to connect

1 May 2012 Cinderella Spiral Pumpkin from Midelino Cane Coils

Tie Midelino Cane coils to make a spiral armature

24 February 2016 Willow Spring

Set willow tips into a spiral to create a spring design

16 October 2012 Taco-shaped twig armature

Make a half-moon shaped armature to fill with flowers

23 March 2012 Drying Physalis sepals

Every Autumn we see the beautiful Physalis pods everywhere but they are easy to dry and preserve to use year round.

Favourite Flowers

Kalanchoe

Christmas Kalanchoe, Kalanchöe or Kalanchoë

Physalis

Chinese lantern, cape gooseberry, Peruvian cherry, Inca berry

Related Designs

4 October 2017 Whipped up in the autumn breeze

Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin

10 January 2018 Let some magic find you

My article and floral wand design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

7 March 2018 Twist of its own

... a quick an easy design. Curl a few flax leaves to frame orchids

21 March 2018 Bring some Spring

Just like the weather is only hinting at spring, so is this design only hinting at being a basket

18 April 2018 Swing Vine

Weave a delicate vine swing to nestle a small vase with spring flowers in

5 September 2018 Wreath Vine Season!

Weave tiny wreaths on the stems of Wisteria vines

20 January 2011 The last Vine Wreath

Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...

11 April 2011 Veiled Sunshine:50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions

10 April 2011 Feeling Funky

I wove vine wreaths to form a pyramid, one just slightly larger than the next. In the natural cavities between the wreaths I placed the roses and lisianthus in plastic covered...

12 April 2011 Intimate Dinner For Two- Table Setting Competition Class

Floral Sushi Dinner, for two

30 March 2011 Garden Wreath Workshop and Demonstration

Contemporary Wreath Design demonstration as part of the Durbanville Garden Club's annual Garden Festival, Western Cape, South Africa

19 October 2016 There are Octobers

Autumn wreath

4 May 2016 Ring-a-round

Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container

24 May 2017 Link

weave a few wreaths to link

10 April 2011 Simplicity

Durbanville FlowerClub Arrangement: Chincherinchee on a wire spiral

8 April 2011 Large Open Weave Twig Basket

Easter Basket used in the Durbanville Flower Club Easter Parade Demonstration

1 November 2011 On The Street Where You Live

A floral design snapshot of what it looks like when walking down the streets of Vancouver this week.

1 May 2012 Center the more adventurous design ideas on your centerpieces

Designing adventurous Contemporary Floral centerpieces Article in the Canadian Florist Magazine </strong><br><br>

9 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Loosen Up

This was the first design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration

24 February 2016 How to make an early Spring

Roll and set willow twigs into a spring

13 April 2011 Harnessing the Wind

22 February 2012 Nuts and Bolts of Floral Art Mechanics

My design entered for evaluation at the Floral Trends Design Group meeting in South Africa

16 October 2012 Bright, brighter… brightest!

Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns