My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Grace

Grace floral art design

Grace...

Lily in flax

finds

Lily in flax with clematis

beauty

Flax snippets.

in

New Zealand flax and a lily.

everything

Lyrics from the U2 song, Grace (All you can’t leave behind)

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Tutorials

2 August 2017 Two vase, two level Phormium snippets

Design in two levels by using two vases, the smaller slipped into a bigger one.

22 May 2012 Spiral twig frog

Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.

22 May 2012 Filling a vase with water without disturbing the design details

Break the water flow when you fill a vase with details in that can move with the stream of water

10 August 2016 Bamboo frog for a shallow container design

Cut short bamboo lengths to keep your flower material upright in a shallow and narrow container

27 April 2016 Hiding a secret water source in a twig frog

New growth is really difficult to design with and definitely needs to be conditioned and placed in a water source

14 October 2015 Roll hundreds (yes! hundreds) of autumn leaves so create a natural, upright flower frog

Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems

7 May 2014 Rethinking the traditional Komiwara technique

Komiwara is a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.

22 June 2016 Lily grass spiral in a vase

Twist lily grass slightly to create a spiral for the orchids to nestle in

18 March 2015 Meadow in a bowl

Inspired by a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design called Komiwara. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.

Favourite Flowers

Lilium

Lily

Phormium

Flax, New Zealand flax

Related Designs

15 November 2017 Alchemy

Gently stand leaves upright in a Kenzan

21 February 2018 Impossible things

A cut stem flower frog for the heavy Hanging Heliconia flowers

4 July 2018 Wonder

Tie a bundle of grass to support your floral details

30 January 2019 Around Here

Wind lily leaves to spiral around in a water filled container.

22 May 2019 Putting your own spin on it

I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.

12 June 2019 Almost... all over!

Loop a grass veil over a lily stem to create a minimalist summer design.

22 May 2012 Lean

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog

10 August 2016 Saved up

Cut lengths of bamboo to place in a shallow container as a flower frog

22 June 2016 Perfection

Spiral grass to create a nest for the lady slipper orchids

27 April 2016 Sprout

A sneaky way to condition new growth to add into your Spring design

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

18 March 2015 Spring Dreaming

A bowl full of miniature Chrysanthemums

7 May 2014 Serendipity

Be inspired by traditional Ikebana techniques

12 April 2011 "On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... two turtle doves"

Flax Christmas tree "cake" for the Floral Trends Design Group end of the year function.

7 April 2011 Weaving with Flax

Here are a few more examples of woven flax. I also use Typha, palm, iris leaves, Kyogi paper, boat orchid leaves and aspidistra to weave with.