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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Floating Filigree Pumpkin Patch

For my design I used green fishing line to string up the pumpkins

For my design I used green fishing line to string up the pumpkins... you can also use clear line or even raffia or ribbon.

I used a slightly different knot for each pumpkin shape

I used a slightly different knot for each pumpkin shape

Book readers: I have a time saving tip for you: the fastest way to string up all the pumpkins is to catch them all at once. See page: 55 where I show you hope to make rope and knots.

I used a macrame inspired technique to string up each pumpkin

But for this design I slightly altered a macrame inspired technique to string up each pumpkin depending on it's shape.

I linked the Tutorial for stringing up the glass seahorse vases using this macrame technique in the Tutorial section below.

But basically what I did is to cut two long pieces of line.

But basically what I did is to cut two long pieces of line.

Gather the line and find the middle point of both

Gather the line and find the middle point of both. Make two knots, about a centimeter to both sides of the middle point.

Slip the pointed side of the pumpkin so that it splits open the section in the middle of the knots

Slip the pointed side of the pumpkin so that it splits open the section in the middle of the knots. Split the line open where there's a knot and extend each line to the opposite side to knot it to the line that was split on the other side.

If this is getting confusing have a look at the glass sea horse Tutorial below. It really is much easier to explain using a regular shape.

Hang all the pumpkins in a cluster

Hang all the pumpkins in a cluster.

Knot all the lines together

Knot all the lines together.

String up a few glass sea horses or water tubes

String up a few glass sea horses or water tubes. Book readers: for quick and easy instructions on how to hang regular glass water tubes or even small vases turn to page 80 (it works really well... and takes a fraction of the time!)

Design Note: Some of you have written to ask where I get these from. I order them from the Fusion Flowers Market Place.

Hang the vases between the pumpkins

Hang the vases between the pumpkins.

Fill each vase with water

Fill each vase with water.

See the Tutorial below for step by step instructions on how I make this syringe with long tube to make it easier to fill vases and water tubes in hard to get to places.

Add the grass curls into the design

Add the grass curls into the design. I have a Tutorial below for an easy way to stretch grass into ringlets.

For tighter curls you can find the How To in my book page: 288 where I talk about creating a floral illusion by manipulating grasses and stems.

Hang the mobile by slipping a hook through the lines at the knot

Hang the mobile by slipping a hook through the lines at the knots.

See the Tutorial below for a quick and easy way to conceal a butchers hook.

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Tutorials

23 October 2019 Cover a butchers hook with a ribbon

A quick and easy way to make a butchers hook look less harsh in a delicate design.

3 January 2011 Syringe with tube

Easy way to fill test tubes and easiest way to remove water from a vase

24 April 2013 Macramé hanging vases

Knot wool to create a catch to hang tiny bud vases from

15 April 2015 Stretching leaves and foliage into a ringlet curl

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

29 November 2017 Autumn Screen

Craft a hanging twig and autumn leaf design

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

4 October 2017 Display wreath that hover around a big shiny pumpkin

For this design I wanted my wreath to be light and airy so that it just whips around the solid pumpkin like a breeze.

8 October 2011 Pumpkin legs

I wanted my pumpkin to lift its head slightly so that it is easy to see the beautiful sepals inside. Making tiny legs also prevent the pumpkin from rolling.

26 October 2016 Folded Bleached Baby’s Breath Wreath Armature

Glued Baby's Breath Wreath, folded in half to create a moon shaped armature

Related Designs

23 October 2019 As pumpkins do this time of year

Hanging pumpkins and tiny vases to create a Autumn mobile floral design.

29 November 2017 Marcescent

Glue a delicate autumn room devider

4 October 2017 Whipped up in the autumn breeze

Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin

7 October 2011 Thanksgiving Harvest

Thanksgiving pumpkin with Chinese lanterns and spiral blossoms

26 October 2016 Harvest Moon

Fold a fine twig wreath in half to create a moon shaped armature

28 October 2015 On Pumpkin Coloured Days

Create a besom broom to sweep up those Autumn leaves

23 September 2015 Pretty Spicy!

Hang fruity wire garlands to display Gerbera daisies

23 March 2016 Celebrate!

A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show