My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

One tug

one tug floral art design

When one tugs

Weave a bird

at a single thing

Ginger flowers in a bark nest

in nature,

Ginger flowers, bark nest and woven bird

he finds it attached

Miniature bananas

to the rest

Bark nest with miniature bananas and ginger flowers

of the world

Quote by John Muir

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Tutorials

15 June 2016 Weave green strips of willow bark into a nest

Strip bark from willow to eave and set into a shape

8 June 2016 Stripping bark from willow sticks

Strip the green bark from the stems to expose the smooth wood

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

21 July 2011 Weaving a bird

I wove my bird from shaved wood but you can also use flax, coconut palm (more traditional) or paper or ribbon

5 July 2011 Tie an Iris leaf tassel

A tassel (also called a tuft) consist of: A suspending cord, the body, a fringed or ornamental skirt

20 April 2016 Free standing Willow twig armature with a hidden water source

Cut a few willow twigs to split to create legs for the armature

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.

30 October 2012 Midelino Harvest Moon Basket

This is a great flat and open basket to take outside when “harvesting” your fall leaves, pods and flowers. Who knows, you might even find a ghost pumpkin or three…

11 December 2013 Dried twig dome

Mix glue and twigs to create a twig armature for a Winter Christmas design

17 September 2014 Bark Bowl

Glue bark onto a bowl to create a dome shape

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...

Favourite Flowers

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

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

Related Designs

11 April 2017 Well… we did it again!

Blossoms and chocolates for Easter

30 May 2018 You see... here is the Thing:

Glue a grass snippet grid for shallow container design

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.

3 April 2011 One Singular Sensation

Three Lilies plaited to create a sensational, singular flower "growing" out of a Equisetum dome filled with Rainbow Oasis pebbles.

11 April 2011 Veiled Sunshine:50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions

5 July 2011 Iris Tuft Tassel

Throughout their dangling history tiny to robust tassels were universally used as a finishing feature in fabric decoration and symbols of standing in religious order and nobility...

21 July 2011 Tradition and Technique, Technique and Tradition

When you need inspiration for a design problem study a Traditional Craft- you will be amazed!

10 August 2011 Pleated Pleasure

Pleats are accordion like folds of equal width in alternating opposite directions in any kind of fabric. I absolutely love the tight buds of Allium and they represent the...

16 August 2011 Cherry twig cocoon

Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi, acknowledges three simple truths:nothing lasts, nothing is done, and nothing is perfect.

1 February 2012 Steeling yourself against stealing creativity

I wrote this article for Wedding Business Success (an online meeting place for the wedding industry) exploring a positive way of looking at creativity and... stealing!

16 May 2012 On the first warm day in May

A ripped flax, Ranunculus and Mikado Reed drop shaped nest

5 September 2012 Just Right! Floral Art demonstration: Just Right!

My third design in my demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society meeting

30 October 2012 Frightis Botrytis!

Weave a Midelino cane coil harvest basket to display ghost pumpkins and frightful woolly "botrytis" in. Have a fun Halloween everyone!

8 May 2013 So happy together

Glue a sisal bubble for a few delicate flowers to rest in

29 May 2013 The day came

Weave a tiny rattan basket

4 September 2013 Been there, Seen that

My article and woven heart basket design featured in the third anniversary issue of <strong>DIY Weddings Magazine</strong>

19 February 2014 Come on Over

Weave an open foliage flower frog

26 February 2014 Hatching a plan

Early spring floral nest design

17 September 2014 Still

My bark bowl design and tutorial featured in the <strong>Centrepiece Wedding Magazine</strong>