My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Nobody move!

Seed puff

Just a wisp

Nobody move floral art design

… a stirring of a draft

Weave a basket

.. a floating of a puff

Dandelion seeds

… a flutter of a breath

Dandelion seeds in a grass basket

… a swirl of a gasp

Dandelion seeds in a dried grass basket

.. and we will have a flurry of fluff!

Every week I add a new design with related tutorials. Be sure to subscribe to receive an email notification with design inspiration.

Tutorials

17 May 2017 A Dandelion Seed Puff that stays just so

Use a thin wire to puff out dandelion seeds to look like it spilled from a basket

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...

20 December 2011 Weaving a gift box with a lid from palm leaves

A great all natural gift decorating alternative

29 November 2011 Messy wire lace

I call this “lace” because I use pins to guide the wire sections together- almost like you do when making lace.

14 January 2011 Beaded wire

Thread thin wire with tiny beads

13 July 2016 Woven lily grass parachute armature

Weave a canopy or parachute shaped armature in a way that you can place the stems in two vases to keep it hydrated.

1 February 2012 Weaving a diagonal green grass basket

Once you figure out how to do the corners weaving a diagonal shape is actually not that hard to do.

12 June 2012 Sticky Shooting Star

Glue gypsophila sticks, flowers and dandelion seeds into a star shape

22 March 2017 Add plant material and a wire support to sisal armatures

Customize sisal armatures by adding a wire skeleton and interesting bits of plant material

1 October 2012 Weaving a ball shaped Dew-drop Catcher from grass

Weave a sphere from grass

3 April 2013 Twin Leaf Weave

Weave two palm leaves together to create a floral grid

1 May 2013 Weaving a Straight Edged Strip

A beautiful woven strip that is quite easy to make

5 June 2013 Weaving a cube foliage ring box

Weave a cube with a ribbon

4 June 2014 Weaving a ring basket

Create a wire frame and weave ripped foliage around it

14 January 2015 Weaving Slippers from Foliage

Weave slip on shoes from palm leaves

12 August 2015 Messy edged basket

Weave a loose basket to display flowers

25 January 2017 Detailing a messy edged grass basket

Weave a basket from lily grass and then cut and curl the edges

5 April 2017 Weaving a Pillbox hat from grass

Use the "over and under" weaving pattern to weave a round, upright hat with a flat top and no brim.

Related Designs

26 July 2017 Beat the summer heat

Tangle some wire to set flowers in water

9 August 2017 Hat tip

Tip a mortarboard inspired top at an angle for a glass design

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.

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.

20 December 2011 Our finest gifts we bring,

A small, all natural gift box woven from palm

13 July 2016 Woven

Weave a canopy or parachute shaped armature for orchids to perch on

8 May 2012 Skipping stone

Weave a grass pebble for the orchid to nestle in.

11 June 2012 Wish Upon a Dandelion Star

A sticky shooting star made with gypsophila stems and fluffy dandelion seeds

18 December 2012 So this is Christmas, I hope you had fun…

Capilano Flower Arranging Club Designing for Christmas Workshop: Yule log

1 October 2012 How to catch a dew drop:

Weave a sphere from grass to catch a precious and exquisite and perfect glistening early autumn dew drop

14 January 2013 It's High Time for Tea: from craft to art, taking a delicious floral journey with weaving techniques

This was the first two designs for my Floral Art and craft demonstration at The Capilano Flower Arranging club

3 April 2013 April showers bring May flowers

After a long winter it is always fun to use the first spring bulb flowers!

5 June 2013 Just not Flowers!

My article and woven ring-box design featured in the DIY Wedding Magazine

4 June 2014 All white, just not quite

My article and woven ring basket design featured in the summer issue of <strong>DIY Weddings Magazine</strong>

16 July 2014 Unraveling fast

Weaving foliage to create a lush water scene

14 January 2015 Take a load off

Weave slippers from foliage

15 April 2015 Bowled Over

Weave a sphere armature to complement delicate oncidium orchiods

12 August 2015 Catch of the Day

Weave a loose basket to display a single flower... or three

25 January 2017 What is in a basket of spectacular?

Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display

5 April 2017 Easter Bonnet

Weave a delicate Pillbox hat