My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Creating a secure grass snippet here and there grid

Weave a basic over and under patterned grass grid.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to weave with foliage.

Set the grid aside to dry completely.

Glue the grid where it overlaps with a tiny dot of floral glue so that you can cut into it without it falling apart.

Fold the grass at the corners to extend down the box

You can find detailed instructions on how to fold grass without snapping it in my book.

Cut the grid so that you can slip it in and around the flowers.

Carefully glue the grid into position.

Creating a pretty grid that keeps the plant material exactly where you want them.

Wiggle the box and add small grid snippets to secure the flowers in place.

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Tutorials

19 June 2019 No Foam pave design

Here it is: my take on the one design that people argue is "tricky" to design without floral foam. A low pave design. Not tricky at all! It's actually easier to do without...

8 June 2011 Foliage Weaving

For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

29 August 2018 Coil slip on sandals

Braid ripped flax and coil it into shaped slip on sandals.

25 April 2012 A plait, a braid or a French knot grass collar

"Plaid" and "braid" are synonyms, and where you are from will most likely dictate whether you use plait (British) or braid (American or Celtic). Some people also refer to...

14 January 2015 Weaving Slippers from Foliage

Weave slip on shoes from palm leaves

1 May 2013 Weaving a Straight Edged Strip

A beautiful woven strip that is quite easy to make

17 June 2015 Weaving Zori-inspired slip-on Sandals

Sandals made from bamboo, grass and sisal and a bit of satin ribbon for luxury

10 July 2012 Bark covered heart

Cover cardboard with bark to create a heart shaped log

10 July 2012 Stabilizing sticks for dried or fresh flowers

Create a full design without the weight by stabilizing the flowers with glued sticks. This is a great alternative to floral foam.

2 January 2011 Lilies

How to keep Lilies in bud for longer. Removing the pollen. Stringing a Lily Garland.

Favourite Flowers

Lilium

Lily

Related Designs

19 June 2019 Club together

Last Wednesday I had such a flowery fun evening teaching a collaborative floral carpet workshop focusing on braiding and weaving ideas from my book the effortless floral craftsman...

5 April 2011 Floral Carpet

Durbanville Flower Club: Nature's Treasures, A Floral Art Exhibition at D'Ville Shopping Center Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa

17 June 2015 This Summer

Weave slip on summer sandals

20 July 2016 A Shade of Summer

Twist and weave a lily grass summer hat

26 September 2018 Cover Story

The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.

10 January 2013 A quirky kind of Love

Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for Valentine's Day. This is my article that I wrote for the December 2012...