Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Impossibly delicate Dancing Lady orchid wreath
Cut out a huge sturdy cardboard doughnut shape...
The wreath might look delicate but it rather strong and lightweight, making it an ideal design solution when you want to create something huge.
Wrap fresh eucalyptus stems around the cardboard...
Move around the cardboard and tie stems to other stems...
Remember... you are going to remove the cardboard so make sure the knots are secure
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Make small bundles of twigs by manipulating the stems...
Book readers turn to page 350 for another design example of using this technique... only on a much smaller scale.
Once the entire cardboard is linked with eucalyptus stems set it aside to dry
... but as in dry out completely. This gives the wreath strength without adding bulk.
Soak the wreath in a bathtub...
Until the cardboard is all soggy and can be ripped to pieces.
Remove all the cardboard
And hang the wreath out to dry.
Add in tiny water tubes to keep your flowers hydrated.
I make these from drinking straws... you can see the detailed Tutorial below... or for even more details see my book, page 195 where you will find the picture of this design.
Weave in the oncidium orchid stems. The stems are really lovely to weave with!
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions.
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...
When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.
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...
A perfect way to use a Lathyrus vine after all it flowered
I wanted my willow armature to hint of a web-like dreamcatcher that grows in the wild rather than being a precise replica of the traditional craft technique. But I did weave it...
Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...
Delicate cherry twig, rosary vine and oncidium orchid enchanted forest masquerade masque.
Take inspiration from a traditional Dream-catcher design to create a floral armature
My article and willow birdcage design for wedding rings featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.