My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Bundle Support

Measure out the grass

Measure out the grass, for my design I measured the grass to be 2.5 times the small container.

Cut the blades of grass

Cut the blades of grass to the correct length.

Secure the bundle with two knots

Secure the bundle with two knots, one close to the top and the other lower.

Set the bundle in the container filled with water

Set the bundle in the container filled with water.

This is a great minimalist design all on it's own!

Feed the vine stem through the blades of grass so that it is in the water

Feed the vine stem through the blades of grass so that it is in the water.

Split the grass open

Split the grass open...

And carefully feed the vine through the grass

And carefully feed the vine through the grass.

Feed the orchid stem through the grass so that it is in the water

Feed the orchid stem through the grass so that it is in the water.

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

Tutorials

21 February 2018 Stem line-up

Line up stems to create a base for the heavy Hanging Heliconia stems

7 May 2014 Rethinking the traditional Komiwara technique

Komiwara is a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.

12 June 2013 Spiral rattan and skeleton leaf bee

Spiral curl and knot a rattan bee

2 August 2017 Two vase, two level Phormium snippets

Design in two levels by using two vases, the smaller slipped into a bigger one.

10 August 2016 Bamboo frog for a shallow container design

Cut short bamboo lengths to keep your flower material upright in a shallow and narrow container

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

4 July 2018 Wonder

Tie a bundle of grass to support your floral details

22 May 2019 Putting your own spin on it

I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.

21 February 2018 Impossible things

A cut stem flower frog for the heavy Hanging Heliconia flowers

7 May 2014 Serendipity

Be inspired by traditional Ikebana techniques

22 May 2012 Lean

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog

2 August 2017 Grace

Use snips and snippets and leftovers to create a design of it's own

10 August 2016 Saved up

Cut lengths of bamboo to place in a shallow container as a flower frog

27 April 2016 Sprout

A sneaky way to condition new growth to add into your Spring design

18 March 2015 Spring Dreaming

A bowl full of miniature Chrysanthemums