Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
The last Vine Wreath
Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an attachment to my vine wreaths. I made about 20 wreaths (from really large to tiny small) in 2007 out of grape vines from a wine farm nearby.
The wreaths made its debut in my first big competition the 50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society at the Cape Town Convention Centre.
I stacked the vine wreaths to shape a basket- small inside growing larger to the outside
I turned them upside down for a competition the year after entitled "Feeling Funky"
And then even later that year- with the help of fake snow and chocolates it became our Christmas tree. Looks a bit like Mount Crumpit from Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch stole Christmas!
The larger wreaths returned, although cut open and twisted in my Floral Sushi "Intimate dinner for two" design last year. Helderberg Flower Club: Floral Fantasy
Little twigs cut from the vine wreath served as Chopsticks and sushi bits
Since then I had to cut a few up for twigs, gave a few as gifts and this is it…
My last vine wreath: A twig flower frog.
Keeping the stems of Lisianthus and Lilies neatly in place.
For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...
Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions
Weave a wreath to thread a dome for an Autumn leaf design
Split a few bamboo sections to create a happy water source for miniature orchids
Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container
My article and Willow Crown design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine
This was the second design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration
Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin
Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright
… and why we call this the special craftsmanship edition
Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...
Have you heard? I have wonderful news this week. Oh! and I also have this pretty grapevine armature shaped like the petals of an open rose to show you. But... Have you heard...
I wove vine wreaths to form a pyramid, one just slightly larger than the next. In the natural cavities between the wreaths I placed the roses and lisianthus in plastic covered...