My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

The last Vine Wreath

50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society at the Cape Town Convention Centre

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.

Detail of Veiled Sunshine design

I stacked the vine wreaths to shape a basket- small inside growing larger to the outside

FuFeeling Funky Competition Design.

I turned them upside down for a competition the year after entitled "Feeling Funky"

Mount Crumpit Christmas tree made from wreaths

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!

Intimate dinner for two

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

Sushi dinner detail

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…

Vine Flower Frog

My last vine wreath: A twig flower frog.

Keeping the stems of Lisianthus and Lilies neatly in place.

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Tutorials

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

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...

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

Favourite Flowers

Lilium

Lily

Eustoma

Lisianthus, Texan Poppy, Texas Bluebell, Tulip Gentian, Prairie Gentian

Protea

Protea (but each variety also has a common name)

Rosa

Rose

Cymbidium

Cymbidium, Boat Orchid

Related Designs

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

6 November 2013 This is the Fragrance of November

Weave a wreath to thread a dome for an Autumn leaf design

26 August 2015 Bent

Weave a wreath from sweetpea stems and tendrils

2 September 2015 Happy Dance

Split a few bamboo sections to create a happy water source for miniature orchids

21 October 2015 Watch the leaves turn

Roll autumn leaves to create a wreath

4 May 2016 Ring-a-round

Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container

3 August 2016 Practice

Weave a willow bird nest

17 August 2016 Strangeness

Weave a wreath to display air plants on

7 September 2016 You are all invited!

My article and Willow Crown design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

19 October 2016 There are Octobers

Autumn wreath

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

8 March 2017 Piece of the forest

Standing roses upright in a shallow container

11 April 2017 Well… we did it again!

Blossoms and chocolates for Easter

27 September 2017 As tendrils tend to do

Curl a wreath with tendrils to create a twig-pumpkin

4 October 2017 Whipped up in the autumn breeze

Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin

24 January 2018 How to make a stack of just enough:

Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright

7 February 2018 Up around the bend

Bend Equisetum into curves to wire into an open wreath shape

19 September 2018 Before I show you my book- let me show you my book

… and why we call this the special craftsmanship edition

24 April 2019 Put aside

Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...

15 May 2019 Heard it through the grapevine?

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...

10 April 2011 Feeling Funky

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...

12 April 2011 Intimate Dinner For Two- Table Setting Competition Class

Floral Sushi Dinner, for two

30 March 2011 Garden Wreath Workshop and Demonstration

Contemporary Wreath Design demonstration as part of the Durbanville Garden Club's annual Garden Festival, Western Cape, South Africa