My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Making a parasol

Glue the first wooden slats of the parasol

Cut short sections of wooden slats and start to glue them with wood glue into a circular shape.

Continue adding wooden sections

Continue adding a second layer to create a middle point for the parasol

Middle section of the flower umbrella

Finish the middle point with a decorative cross hatch

Glue on 5 wooden peg supports for the floral parasol

Glue on five wooden peg supports for the floral parasol

Stain the wood green with spinach juice

Set the structure aside to dry completely before staining it green to blend in with the dried flax string

Start weaving the ripped flax

Start weaving the flax onto the parasol wood

First weaving patterns is under and around the slat

The first weaving pattern creates the inner circle. Weave under and then around the wood. Creating a flat weave with a cross at the back

Continue the pattern with one third of the flax string

Continue this weaving pattern for about a third of the flax string

To create a curve in the parasol reverse the  weave pattern

To create a curve or a dome in the parasol reverse the weaving pattern. Hook the string over the wood to cross over itself in front of the wood with a flat section at the back.

Parasol from the back to show the test tubes filled with water for the flower material

Add the chopsticks handle and wire in test tubes before designing with the plant material.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.