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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Magnetic Fields Forever

Strawberry Corsage using corsage magnets
There is just something enchanting about a strawberry plant -from the tiny white blossoms to the green berries and ultimately the delicious strawberry. Pure edible summer!
The leftover bits of Kyogi paper strips reminded me of the straw that line a punnet of strawberries at the market.
I wanted to capture that country market feeling in my corsage

Kyogi paper and strawberry corsage

I wove the heart from Kyogi paper. Green strawberries are woven into the design to follow the pattern and shape. Secure the berries with Oasis Floral Adhesive.

Strawberry and Kyogi paper Corsage

Make sure the design is balanced and use only the smaller berries so that the design doesn’t become too heavy

About the title of the design:
“Strawberry Fields Forever”is a song by The Beatles, written by John Lennon (and Paul McCartney). It was inspired by John Lennon’s childhood memories of playing in the garden of a Salvation Army house named “Strawberry Field” close to the house where he grew up.
A Magnetic Field is the whole area in which the “pull” and “push” of a magnet can be felt. Earth produces its own magnetic field which is utilized when you navigate with a compass. The north needle of your compass will point toward the North Magnetic Pole.

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Tutorials

3 August 2011 Corsage Magnets

Most contemporary corsages and boutonnieres are now fixed with magnets and no longer pins that could damage fabric

3 August 2011 Weaving a heart from shaved wood strips

I wove my basic heart shape from shaven wood strips but you can use flax, grape vine, willow or any other flexible plant material

30 August 2011 Removing Oasis Floral Adhesive glue spills

The finish of every design should be flawless. Make sure there are no bits of glue visible in your design by carefully removing all traces of spills.

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