My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Well… we did it again!

If you have been visiting My Creative Workbook for a while you will remember two years ago I had to update my site because we outgrew it. Yes, we did it again!

You might even have noticed that my Newsletters went out a little bit later than usual last week.
I have made the necessary behind the scenes changes and things should be back to our “new normal” from this week on. I am also excited to share my new look newsletter with you… it is currently undergoing a make-over.

Thank you for sharing my floral journey with me. I appreciate all the smiles, the kind comments and every share of my work and sharing your work with me. Even though most of my design work goes on over here in my design room I really feel like my designs come alive and gets it’s own personality once I share it with you. Because of you Wednesdays, are truly my favourite day of the week.

Oh and before I forget…

Well we did it againh floral art design

Happy Easter...

Blossoms and lily grass

Happy Easter...

Weave a small nest

Happy Easter...

Blossoms and chocolate

… to

Blossoms and lily grass and chocolate for Easter

… you!

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

Tutorials

11 April 2017 A little nest for Easter chocolates that naturally hooks over the edge of a container

Weave a tiny nest with a twig hook so that you can hang it in a design

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

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...

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.

25 January 2012 Weaving Willow spheres

I build up the spheres by weaving willow wreaths and then use those to shape the ball

29 May 2013 Tiny Rattan Basket

Weave a thin and delicate rattan basket

11 February 2015 Willow Heart Wand

3 August 2016 Hanging Willow Nest

Bend and weave a nest shape from fresh willow stems

7 September 2016 Willow flower crown

Loosely weave willow tips to create an ethereal crown

8 April 2015 Cane and Willow Nest Shaped Basket

Weave a nest for Easter eggs

16 May 2012 Mikado Reed drop shaped nest

A sturdy shape made by binding Mikado reeds keeps the thin strands of flax in place.

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.

6 January 2012 Mossy Twig handbag

Radiate short twigs in a circle to make a moss and twig handbag

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…

14 August 2012 Midelino cane coil basket

Weave a hand basket from Midelino cane coils

Related Designs

21 March 2018 Bring some Spring

Just like the weather is only hinting at spring, so is this design only hinting at being a basket

18 April 2018 Swing Vine

Weave a delicate vine swing to nestle a small vase with spring flowers in

20 March 2019 It’s all ===> right

Hang a dangling eggshell in a Spring blossom design.

20 January 2011 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...

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...

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

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

11 February 2015 Love Spell

Weave willow to create a heart shaped wand design

8 July 2015 How To Catch A Dream

Take inspiration from a traditional Dream-catcher design to create a floral armature

16 March 2016 Creative Expectations

My article and a floral parasol design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

3 August 2016 Practice

Weave a willow bird nest

7 September 2016 You are all invited!

My article and Willow Crown design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine

8 April 2015 Just think!

Weave a nest for chocolate Easter eggs

16 May 2012 On the first warm day in May

A ripped flax, Ranunculus and Mikado Reed drop shaped nest

12 October 2016 I found it this way: Bird nest design

This was the fourth design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration

15 June 2016 One tug

Weave willow bark strips into a nest and weave a bird from flax

8 April 2011 Large Open Weave Twig Basket

Easter Basket used in the Durbanville Flower Club Easter Parade Demonstration