My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Loop-over grass veil for a cool summer design

Place a Kenzan in a shallow container

Place a Kenzan in a shallow container.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to secure a Kenzan.

Place the flower in the Kenzan and fill the container with water

Place the flower in the Kenzan and fill the container with water.

Wrap a thin strip of clear tape around the container

Wrap a thin strip of clear tape around the container.

Slip thin blades of grass through the gap created  by the tape

Slip thin blades of grass through the gap created by the tape so that the grass rest in the water.

Tape the opposite side and slip the grass through

Tape the opposite side and slip the grass through.

Place smooth pebbles on the grass ends to keep it in place

Place smooth pebbles on the grass ends to keep it in place.

Fold two blades of grass up so that they loop over the design

Fold two blades of grass up so that they loop over the design. Make a loose knot.

Slip the grass ends behind the tape and under the rock to keep it in place

Slip the grass ends behind the tape and under the rock to keep it in place.

Fold over the next set of grass

Fold over the next set of grass. Loosely knot it once so that the blades cross in the middle and secure it on the opposite side under a rock.

Once you have a slight grid weave in the blades of grass to loop over the design and secure under a rock

Once you have a slight grid weave in the blades of grass to loop over the design and secure under a rock on the opposite side.

Add more grass

Add more grass.

To create visual interest slip a few blades of grass through the loop and secure it under a rock just beyond the mid point

To create visual interest slip a few blades of grass through the loop and secure it under a rock just beyond the mid point rather than at the opposite end.

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Tutorials

7 January 2015 Securing a kenzan

Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.

7 January 2015 So many ways to use a Kenzan to hold floral materials

How to place various sizes of plant material in a Kenzan

2 January 2011 Lilies

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

30 March 2012 Keep pod shaped flowers in bud for longer

Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design

2 August 2017 Two vase, two level Phormium snippets

Design in two levels by using two vases, the smaller slipped into a bigger one.

12 March 2014 Grass tunnel that stays just so

Snip, roll and glue a few blades of grass to create a design feature

27 August 2014 Loosely woven grass on Driftwood

Loosely weave grass on a piece of driftwood for an informal armature

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...

Favourite Flowers

Lilium

Lily

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