My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Hanging Willow Nest

Bend a long willow stem to loop

Bend a long willow stem to loop

For more information on how to manipulate stems without breaking it see the tutorial below

Bend another stem to loop inside the first

Bend another stem to loop inside the first

Wrap a thin willow stem around the looped stems

Wrap a thin willow stem around the looped stems ends (be sure to let the longer, thicker side of the stem extend while you use the tip to wrap)...

And slip the stem end through to secure

... and slip the stem end through to secure

This is the basic nest shape

This is the basic nest shape

Secure a thin willow stem where the looped stems cross

Secure a thin willow stem where the looped stems cross

Bend the top stem over and tuck it into the stem you used to connect the loops at the looped end

Bend the top stem over and tuck it into the stem you used to connect the loops at the looped end. This creates a fifth stem for you to weave with.

Now the nest shape is ready to start weaving

Now the nest shape is ready to start weaving

Press a thin stem into the top where the willow stems are connected

Press a thin stem into the top where the willow stems are connected

Wrap the stem to make sure it is firmly secure and that the stems are all in place

Wrap the stem to make sure it is firmly secure and that the stems are all in place

Press a thin stem in the bottom looped side of the stems

Press a thin stem in the bottom looped side of the stems...

Start weaving the stem in and out around the stems

Start weaving the stem in and out around the stems

I used the basic in and out weaving pattern. For more information on weaving, see the Tutorial below

Weave the stem in and out spiralling out around the stems

Weave the stem in and out spiralling out around the stems

When you reach the end of a stem simply press in a new stem and continue weaving

When you reach the end of a stem simply press in a new stem and continue weaving

Shape the base of the nest as you spiral out

Shape the base of the nest as you spiral out

Continue weaving

Continue weaving

Create the opening by looping back the stem at the last willow twig

Create the opening by looping back the stem at the last willow twig and weaving it back

Do the same on the other side.

Do the same on the other side.

Continue weaving up adding stems as you go along

Continue weaving up adding stems as you go along

Do the same at the top weaving around the stems down to the wider looped side

Do the same at the top weaving around the stems down to the wider looped side

Continue to weave all the way around working your way down to the bottom weaved bit

Continue to weave all the way around working your way down to the bottom weaved bit

Space the stems out to create a opening

Space the stems out to create a opening

For the loop at the top:

Loop a willow stem twice

Loop a willow stem twice

And wrap the loop with a thin willow stem

And wrap the loop with a thin willow stem

Continue wrapping to cover the entire loop

Continue wrapping to cover the entire loop

Press the looped stems into the willow nest

Press the looped stems into the willow nest

And knot the stems to secure

And knot the stems to secure

Add another long stem

Add another long stem by pressing it into the wrapped part

And wrap the entire top part tightly to secure

And wrap the entire top part tightly to secure

The willow nest is ready to design with

The willow nest is ready to design with

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Tutorials

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

Most stems, twigs and even sturdier branches can be bend into shapes. It takes practice and more than a bit of patience. The main idea is to slowly manipulate the branch 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...

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...

27 January 2016 Sprouting willow armature

Carefully manipulate and bend green willow stems to place in water to sprout as an armature for tulips to mature and open

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

11 February 2015 Willow Heart Wand

28 January 2015 The difference between detailing a sprouting stem for a floral design and pruning a stem

Give the stem a closer cut to detail for floral art

25 January 2012 Weaving Willow spheres

I build up the spheres by weaving willow wreaths and then use those to shape the ball

16 March 2016 Willow Parasol

Weave willow stems into a decorative parasol

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8 April 2011 Large Open Weave Twig Basket

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16 March 2016 Creative Expectations

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