My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Folding a Frog

Place two blades of grass horizontally on a working surface

Place two blades of grass horizontally on a working surface

Fold the next blade of grass in half

Fold the next blade of grass in half

Weave the grass through the first blades

Weave the grass through the first blades

Fold the top blade over to the front and under to the back

Fold the top blade over to the front and under to the back

Add another horizontal blade

Add another horizontal blade

Weave in another two blades

Weave in another two blades

Continue the weaving pattern by folding over the top blade.

Continue the weaving pattern by folding over the top blade...

And under the left blade

And under the left blade...

Separate the six blades

Separate the six blades in half, to start weaving the body

Trunk:

Bend the first right blade left

Bend the first right blade left

Weave it through

Weave it through

Do the same to the right

Do the same to the right

Fold and weave the next blade

Fold and weave the next blade

And the same on the other side.

And the same on the other side.

Fold and weave the third blades and pull the weave a little tighter

Fold and weave the third blades and pull the weave a little tighter

Keep the froggy flat

Keep the froggy flat on the working surface

Forelimbs:

Fold the leg blade over and up

Fold the leg blade over and up

Fold the blade next to it over and under

Fold the blade next to it over and under

Fold the top blade over the next blade.

Fold the top blade over the next blade.

And the next blade over and under.

And the next blade over and under to end the thigh

Fold the next blade over to create a downward pattern.

Fold the next blade over to create a downward pattern to bend the frog leg

Plait the blades of grass to complete the frog leg

Plait the blades of grass to complete the frog leg

If you are unsure of how to plait see the detailed Tutorial below

Press the plait flat

Press the plait flat to create angles rather than curves

Do the same on the other leg

Do the same on the other leg, just in mirror image

Weave the top half of the frog leg

Weave the top half of the frog leg

Fold the top blade under and over

Fold the top blade under and over to create the bend in the leg down to the pes.

And plait the grass

And plait the grass

Frog legs.

Frog legs!

Knot the strands together to create the feet

Knot the strands together to create the feet

Cut the grass short

Cut the grass short

And spread the toes

And spread the toes

Bend the bottom two blades over and up

To create a gaping froggy mouth, I bend the blades back and wove a mirror image pattern. Bend the bottom two blades over and up

With the right blade over the left

With the right blade over the left

Bend and weave the next two blades

Bend and weave the next two blades

And bend and weave the last blades

And bend and weave the last blades

Tighten the weave pattern

Tighten the weave pattern

The right blade folds to the left and the left blade over the right.jpg

Start weaving the top of the frog head. Follow the exact same weaving pattern as before. The right blade folds to the left and the left blade over the right.

If you are unsure of a weaving pattern see the Tutorial below

Continue the weaving pattern

Continue the weaving pattern

Gaping froggy mouth.

Gaping froggy mouth.

Start weaving the front leg by folding under the inside right blade

Start weaving the front leg by folding under the inside blade.

Fold the second blade under

Fold the second blade under

Finish plaiting the legs just like you did with the other two

Finish plaiting the legs just like you did with the other two

Continue plaiting

Continue plaiting

Make a knot in the grass

Make a knot in the grass

Cut the dangling bits short

Cut the dangling bits short for digits

Grass froggy ready to design with

Grass froggy ready to design with

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Tutorials

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...

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...

6 February 2013 Fold a Foliage Fish

Fold and weave a fish from two blades of grass

30 May 2012 Plaiting a palm thorn garland

This is the basic technique used in traditional Easter crafts to plait a crown of thorns.

5 January 2011 Palm leaf Hopper-flies (grasshoppers and butterflies)

Weave grasshoppers or butterflies (or fireflies) from palm leaves

21 July 2011 Weaving a bird

I wove my bird from shaved wood but you can also use flax, coconut palm (more traditional) or paper or ribbon

17 July 2012 Guacamole Green Coiled Grass Chameleon

My Chameleon is mono-botanical. Made from coiled grass

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