Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Loosen up a vine wreath to create an upright armature
Snip away any stems that keep a vine wreath in place and loosen up the coils. If the wreath is too dry to manipulate soak it overnight in warm water.
Tie the wreath to a few sticks to make it stand upright. See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to create upright armatures with twig tangles
Press the stem end of decorative grass through the vine
Bend the grass to follow the shape of the wreath, and secure with glue
Add the next decorative grass to follow the shape
Loosely cover the entire shape
Make sure you follow the same direction with the stems pointing one way and the grass the other
Loosened up vine wreath ready to design with
Snip a dried twig wreath to undo the spirals to hang around a glass container
When in doubt, always give your armature three legs. Two legs are simply not enough and four legs will wobble if it is even slightly off balance.
This was the first design I did in my "All things Autumn (by which I mean all things chocolate)" floral art demonstration
A design demonstration looking at preparing for competition designs: thinking bigger