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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Midelino cane coil basket

I stained a few Midelino cane coils with spinach (see Tutorial below) to make them green

Shape the Midelino cane coils in a oval.

Shape the Midelino cane coils in an oval and cut short

Tie the coils with ripped leaf fiber.

Tie the coils with a ripped leaf.

Cover the entire section where the coils overlap.

Cover the entire section where the coils overlap. Knot to tie the leaf. Cut the leaf at a sharp angle and weave it in on itself to secure.

Cut and tie another coil.

Cut and tie another section of cane.

Cut and tie a third coil

Cut and tie a third section of cane

Cover a section on the opposite side of the coil with a ripped leaf.

Cover a section on the opposite side of the oval cane coils with a ripped leaf. This is purely decorative and balance out the large tie on the side where the ends meet

The three basket ovals.

These three ovals will give the basket its shape. All the other sections of cane will now be woven through these.

Start to weave the cane into the side.

Start to weave the cane into the side. This is in the middle of the two wrapped sections on the oval. Do the same at the opposite side

Weave in another length of cane

Weave in another length of cane. Again, do the same on the other side.

Spread out the cane sections to shape the basket.

Spread out the cane sections to shape the basket. The top of the cane sections should now overlap.

Looking at the opposite side of the cane basket

Looking at the opposite side of the cane basket

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Weave in a second section of cane.

Weave in a third section  of cane

Weave in a third section of cane

Space out the Midelino cane to shape the basket.

Adjust the Midelino cane to shape the basket.

Cut a short section of cane and tie to the basket frame.

To create the bottom of the basket: cut a short section of cane and tie to the basket frame.

Tie the cane to the other side.

Tie the cane to the other side.

Cut and tie a second short section to the bottom of the basket frame.

Cut and tie a second short section to the bottom of the basket frame on both sides (just like the first short section)

Tie a shorter section of cane to the two bottom cane pieces.

Tie a third section in the middle of the previous two and secure it to the two bottom cane pieces.

The bottom of the Midelino cane basket.

The bottom of the Midelino cane basket is now done

Gather the dangling left over cane strands to make the handle.

Gather the dangling left-over cane strands to make the handle.

Tie the strands in the middle.

For a wilder handle that is a nice contrast to the woven bottom part of the basket tie the strands in the middle. You can either leave the longer sections to dangle or cut them short.

Or:

Follow each cane section as it coils over the basket and match it with its opposite.

Follow each cane section as it coils over the basket and match it with its opposite. Overlap the two cane sections and tie with a ripped leaf.

Tie all the strands of cane to create a neat handle.

Tie all the strands of cane to create a neat handle.

Midelino cane basket done and ready to design with.

Midelino cane basket done and ready to design with.

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Tutorials

13 April 2012 Staining Midelino cane Coils

White Midelino cane is easy to stain in any colour

24 August 2011 Stain wooden skewers with natural dye

Using fruit, berries, flowers, leaves and grasses to naturally stain design details for floral art relies on the same techniques as using paint or any other dye.

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

1 February 2012 Weaving a diagonal green grass basket

Once you figure out how to do the corners weaving a diagonal shape is actually not that hard to do.

24 July 2012 Stacked Twig Roundabout

This is a great way to use all those bits of twigs and sticks in your design room to make a floral armature

1 May 2012 Cinderella Spiral Pumpkin from Midelino Cane Coils

Tie Midelino Cane coils to make a spiral armature

6 January 2012 Mossy Twig handbag

Radiate short twigs in a circle to make a moss and twig handbag

Related Designs

14 August 2012 Just Right! Floral Art demonstration at the BC Floral Art Society club meeting

My four designs explored the Goldilocks Principle and how designers can use it to keep their enthusiasm for their floral art work alive.

13 August 2012 Wire favors for the members of the BC Floral Art Society at my Just Right! demonstration

I wove a basket to carry my wire favors in.

2 March 2016 Beginning

Glue a Midelino Cane Coil Globe Cup to display beautiful Gloriosa lilies

11 April 2017 Well… we did it again!

Blossoms and chocolates for Easter

21 March 2018 Bring some Spring

Just like the weather is only hinting at spring, so is this design only hinting at being a basket

13 June 2018 Eat up!

A woven bubble for a carnivorous plant.

9 January 2019 Magical Craftsmanship

My article and winter white Tulle bridal basket design featured in DIY Weddings Magazine.

14 April 2011 In the Bag

My bag was woven from re-purposed wire and recycled fishing line and tiny stems of growing sweet pea plants and orchids