My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

How To Catch A Dream

How To Catch A Dream floral art design

set a trap…

Ornithogalum, willow and dried hydrangea web

use the right bait…

Chincherinchee, willow and hydrangea dream-catcher

an enormous net, maybe?

Wool and willow dreamcatcher

run and jump and grip and hold on for all your might!

Add dew drop crystals

… or do the work that needs to get done.

Dried hydrangea on a willow wreath frame

...There’s always a chance that the dream will notice.

Weave a willow wreath to weave the dream-catcher on

You are quite a catch, after all.

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Tutorials

8 July 2015 Overgrown Willow web inspired by a traditional Dream-catcher

I wanted my willow armature to hint of a web-like dreamcatcher that grows in the wild rather than being a precise replica of the traditional craft technique. But I did weave it...

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

30 May 2012 Drying Hydrangeas: Fast, Flat or Natural

Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.

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...

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch without...

10 July 2012 Smooth dried hydrangea flowers in the palm of your hand

Hold a dried hydrangea flower in the palm of your hand to smooth out the folds

Favourite Flowers

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow

Ornithogalum

The Afrikaans name is tjienkerientjee (named after the sound the stems make when rubbing together in the wind) Chincherinchee, wonder-flower (because they last so long),...

Hydrangea

Hydrangea, when cultivated as a cut flower rather as a plant it is often revered to as Hortensia

Related Designs

24 February 2016 How to make an early Spring

Roll and set willow twigs into a spring

4 May 2016 Ring-a-round

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

17 August 2016 Strangeness

Weave a wreath to display air plants on

19 October 2016 There are Octobers

Autumn wreath

11 April 2017 Well… we did it again!

Blossoms and chocolates for Easter

24 May 2017 Link

weave a few wreaths to link

31 January 2018 Rock, don't Roll

Balance the heavy Protea flower head to lean against a rock.