My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

It takes more than one person to invent a trumpet!

It takes more than one person to invent a trumpet!

Each with a bit to contribute...

A trumpet shaped lily floral design

… a petal or two to add

Lily and passion fruit flowers

… a brilliant idea to share

Contemporary flower arrangement

… a bendy twig to have a hand in

Bud vase design

… a bunch to be part of

Unusual floral design mechanics

We are all in this together

Original flower arranging ideas

Note: it really did take more than one person to invent the trumpet!

In 1788 Charles Clagget almost, almost created the perfect valve mechanism which Heinrich Stoelzel and Friedrich Bluhmel then reworked in 1818 to create the box tubular valve giving us the trumpet we know today.

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Tutorials

8 May 2019 Fill a trumpet shaped flower cup with... more flowers!

A hidden water source small enough to fit into a dainty flower.

22 May 2012 Harvesting cyclamen flowers and foliage

Cyclamen stems are so close together that it is easy to damage the plant when cutting stems.

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

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

2 January 2011 Lilies

How to keep Lilies in bud for longer. Removing the pollen. Stringing a Lily Garland.

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

31 January 2018 Rock Rest for a heavy Protea Flower Head

Create a contrasting base to lift the heavy flower-head to design in

5 November 2014 Acorn inspired Autumn leaf armature

Dry fall leaves to create a ball shape structure

23 May 2018 Trailing Ceropegia woodii vines from a Heliconia flower

Set the rosary vines into the natural cavity of the flower head.

26 July 2011 Wire Tendrils

Curl the wire at irregular intervals to create a natural wire tendril similar to that of a passion fruit plant

Favourite Flowers

Lilium

Lily

Cyclamen

Cyclamen, English sowbread

Related Designs

31 July 2019 Jitters!

Zig-zag grass details add a bit of tension to the design

19 September 2018 Before I show you my book- let me show you my book

… and why we call this the special craftsmanship edition

31 January 2018 Rock, don't Roll

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

22 November 2017 How do squirrels Cache a tree?

Hoard a few acorns in the fork of a twig to show off a single oncidium orchid.

5 November 2014 All In One

dry autumn leaves into an acorn shape

23 May 2018 In Summer!

A contemporary cascade of rosary vine and dried petals.

26 September 2018 Cover Story

The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.

30 August 2017 If

Place a water tube at an angle in lumber so that the Zantedeschia float just above the base to show off the delicate grass snippets scattered up the stem