My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Not quite a wreath, not quite a basket armature

Cut the vines from a wreath

A great way to breathe new life into those dusty old vine wreaths. Look for the sturdiest three vines to cut out of the wreath.

Simply snip the vine on both sides and pull it out of the wreath

Simply snip the vine on both sides and pull it out of the wreath.

This is the foundation of the armature

It should look something like this. It will become the sturdy foundation of the armature.

Connect two of the vines with wire

Connect two of the vines with wire. Do the same on the other side.

Place the third vine in the middle

Place the third vine in the middle...

And wire the vine ends tightly together

And wire the vine ends tightly together. You now have a boat shape to weave with.

Cut away all the foliage from a passion vine

Cut away all the foliage from a passion vine. Be careful to leave the pretty tendrils on the vine.

Secure the bud of the vine to the one end of the dried vine

Secure the bud of the vine to the one end of the dried vine with a small drop of glue.

Design note: you can also knot the bud on itself, although it adds bulk. Wiring the bud will simply cut the delicate new growth... so glue really is best.

Twirl wrap the fresh vine around the dried vine

Twirl wrap the fresh vine around the dried vine.

Make sure you allow all the tendrils to dangle freely

Make sure you allow all the tendrils to dangle freely.

Conceal the wire by wrapping the vine over it

Conceal the wire slightly by wrapping the vine over it.

Slip the vine under the dried vine

Slip the vine under the dried vine to start the weaving pattern.

I will be weaving the vine in a simple under over and under pattern

I will be weaving the vine in a simple under over and under pattern...

And to then a over under over pattern...

My vine still had a few flower buds on it and I simply wove them into the basket

My vine still had a few flower buds on it and I simply wove them into the basket. To add a new stem hook it into the vines and continue to weave it into the basket.

Use a tiny butterfly hair clip to keep the thinner stems in place while you get a fresh vine stem ready to weave in

Use a tiny butterfly hair clip to keep the thinner stems in place while you get a fresh vine stem ready to weave in.

I have added a Tutorial about these little hair clips in the Tutorial section below if you want to explore more.

I find it easier to weave from both sides working my way to the middle

I find it easier to space out my vines by weaving from both sides working my way to the middle.

And then simply add vines until your weave is done

And then simply add vines until your weave is done...

Design Note: There is a more elaborate version of this where the armature actually becomes both a wreath AND a basket in my book... on page 145 where I tell you what to look out for when you are creating a contemporary basket design.

Rest the armature on a display container and add the rest of the design details

Rest the armature on a display container and add the rest of the design details.

Manipulate the vines with tweezers into position

Manipulate the vines with tweezers into position. I have a special note for you about this in my Newsletter this week...

Glue in some more dried vines

Glue in some more dried vines...

And finish the design with some sparkling dew drop crystals

And finish the design with some sparkling dew drop crystals.

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Tutorials

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

19 February 2013 Manipulating stems: Snapping at an angle, Bending, Spiraling, Curling and Straightening

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...

18 January 2012 Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

23 August 2017 Twirl a ripped Phormium pumpkin pod

Rip the New Zealand flax to create a delicate fiber armature

4 June 2014 Weaving a ring basket

Create a wire frame and weave ripped foliage around it

16 May 2013 Weaving a pod shape from ripped foliage

Weave a pod shape armature

19 October 2011 Making a parasol

I glued wooden slats into a frame and then wove flax string to create the floral parasol

25 October 2017 Willow Paddle

Weave willow between the fork in a twig to create a paddle like armature

11 October 2017 Shaping Thanks with wire that has a bit of give

Shape the letters out of wire and then decorate with autumn design elements.

Favourite Flowers

Passiflora

Granadilla, passionflower, passion vines

Related Designs

16 October 2019 Center Peace

A visual breather from all the bright and festive designs to come when designing for Autumn.

25 October 2017 When the pretty eyeballs you back!

Barely there skeleton blossoms with Eucalyptus eyes for my Halloween design... Oh! and a Willow Paddle, which probably should have been the main Tutorial... but... well...

23 August 2017 Almost is still not quite

Weave just a hint of the Autumn to come

4 June 2014 All white, just not quite

My article and woven ring basket design featured in the summer issue of <strong>DIY Weddings Magazine</strong>

16 May 2013 Natural, naturally

Weave a armature to rest a lily on

11 October 2017 giving a thanks

A wire and acorn thanks