My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Coil slip on sandals

Ripping the leaf into thin strands

Rip the leaf with a pin. Braid the fibers into a long strand.

For more detailed instructions on how to rip foliage and how to plaid or braid leaves, you can find the "how-to" in my book The Effortless Floral Craftsman , a floral crafter's guide to crafting with nature ... page 252 to 253 or see below for a detailed Tutorials.

Start to coil the braided flax strand

Start to coil the braided flax strand. I stitched it as I went along with fishing line threaded through an embroidery needle.

Build up the sole

Build up the sole.

Fold the braid over and create the toe section of the sandal

Fold the braid over and create the toe section of the sandal.

Finish by coiling the braid around the sandal

Finish by coiling the braid around the sandal. Stitch through the entire sandal and pull tight to shape it. Knot the line to secure. Set it aside to dry.

 Measure out ribbon for each sandal

Measure out ribbon for each sandal.

Cut two sections of ribbon for each sandal.

Cut two sections of ribbon for each sandal. Loop one ribbon around the other at the midpoint, in a lark’s head knot.

Pull tight to knot

Pull tight to knot. Slip the ribbon through the sandal sole and catch it over the coil. Turn the sandal over and knot tightly to secure the ribbon.

 Do the same with the other sandal.

Do the same with the other sandal.

Fold the ribbon over to the front of the sandal, over the bridge of the foot.

Fold the ribbon over to the front of the sandal, over the bridge of the foot.

Flip the sandal over and knot around the loop on the side.

Flip the sandal over and knot around the loop on the side. Knot tightly.

Cut the ribbon ends short and wiggle the knots to sit snugly in the sole.

Cut the ribbon ends short and wiggle the knots to sit snugly in the sole.

handcrafted flip flops ready to design with

Your flip flop slip on sandals are ready to design with. I love the clean look of just the ribbon and the ripped and braided flax. You might like to add a flower or two... come to think of it: this would look great with a single Phalaenopsis orchid...

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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.

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