My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


Grows 1.22 meters high and flowers in mid to late summer. Slender, narrow, greyish green, half round leaves are grooved on one side and rounded on the other. Reed-like green stems, light brown catkins appear in summer.

Typha - Cattail, graceful, ribbon grass

Wedding favour box that I wove from Typha.

Common name:

Cattail, graceful, ribbon grass


New Zealand and Norfolk Island.


Grey green foliage. Flowers spikes have lighter brown male flowers above with a slight gap from the dark brown female flowers below.


Vase life:

Fourteen days.



The leaves are used in basketry, weaving or adding movement to a design. The fibrous leaves can be ripped (spliced) into thin strips that I then curl, bead or dry. The technique is similar to that of flax


Give the stems a fresh cut and set it in deep warm water. Do not condition if you are weaving or ripping typha

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.