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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with weaving techniques

This was my first two designs for my Floral Craft and Art Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting

I demonstrated three floral craft cake designs and three matching floral art designs using the same design techniques and I incorporated my three techniques, where possible, in the other designs just to show how versatile it is.

Floral Art and Craft Demonstration Weaving.

To weave is to interlace bands or strands or strips of material at right angles to build up a patterned mat, surface or sculptural form.

My Floral Craft design: Weaving ice cream cones

Floral craft cone designs

For my neat Kyogi paper ice-cream cone designs I demonstrated how to do a balanced plain weave, turned diagonal and then shaped in a cone.

Plain weaving pattern

A plain weave looks like a checker-board and is often described as a "one-up-one-down weave" or "over and under" pattern.

Secure the orchids by weaving in strands of ripped foliage

For the ice cream part of the design I glued a few strands of ripped dried cymbidium orchid leaves and wove it in and out and around the tiny test tubes and orchids to secure it in place.

Combine a neat plain weave with a messy, less dense weave

By combining a neat plain weave with a messy, less dense weave you can create a design that changes from arranged to disordered without being overly obvious

Weaving floral ice cream cones.

Floral Craft ice cream cones

My Floral Art Design: Weaving a Midelino cane coil globe cup

Midelino cane coils globe cup

I then showed how to use the weaving technique to make a less dense sculptural form by weaving random bands of Midelino cane coils into a globe cup

Weaving the coils creates added structural stability.

Weaving the coils creates added structural stability.

Add strength to a shape that would otherwise have been flimsy

And adds strength to a shape that would otherwise have been flimsy

Randomly follow the over and under pattern

Randomly follow the over and under pattern

Weave in the fresh plant material

And then weave in the fresh plant material

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Tutorials

14 January 2013 Floral Ice Cream Cones

Weave a few cones and add orchids to make the floral ice cream cones

14 January 2013 Bark and paper covered Styrofoam stand for ice cream cones

Press a wooden skewer into the Styrofoam to help the cones stand upright when displayed

14 January 2013 Midelino Cane Coil Globe Cup

Weave a loose, round floral art armature

29 March 2012 Cover test tubes with moss

Make test tubes look a bit less obvious and more natural by covering them with moss.

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

8 June 2011 Foliage Weaving

For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...

Related Designs

14 January 2013 It is High Time for Tea. Floral Craft and Art demonstration at the The Capilano Flower Arranging Club meeting

This is an overview of the Floral Art and Craft Demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging Club. I demonstrated three floral craft cake designs and three matching floral art...

21 April 2011 Happy Easter!

Spring "Ice cream" posy with a Banana Leaf "cone"

16 November 2016 All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate): Snipped into Sections

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

17 May 2017 Nobody move!

Weave a small basket with a lid to keep fluffy treasures in