Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Overgrown vine tangle to suspend flowers in a clear vase
Strip away the foliage from Wisteria vines.
See the Tutorial below for a quick and easy way to remove foliage from weaving stems.
Loop the first weaving stem to begin weaving a wreath.
Again, I have a detailed Tutorial for you below if you want more information about weaving wreaths.
Tuck the end of the stem into the wreath to secure it.
This way the end is concealed and the wreath will stay intact as you wiggle stems through it.
Wiggle another vine through the wreath...
Loop it around under the wreath as if you are crafting a basket.
You just know that I have a Tutorial for you on how to craft a basket like this... I am adding it below... but back to this Tutorial...
Loop in another weaving stem...
And a third weaving stem.
To brush up on how to manipulate twigs so that they bend and not break see the Tutorial below.
Tuck the looped stems into a vase so that the stems make an inverted grid to keep the flowers in place.
Measure out the stem before cutting. For my design I am cutting a bit shorter than what it should be because I am using the weaving stems to prop up the stem out of the vase. My mechanics give the design height.
Bend the first weaving stem towards the flower. Twirl it around the lily stem.
Bend the second stem in from the opposite side and twirl it around the flower stem.
Go around the wreath and bend and twirl all the weaving stems. Make sure you support the flower stem with the weaving stems so that it is not only securely in place in the vase and will not flop over when you move the vase but also lifted slightly out of the water so that the stem is not resting on the bottom. This is a subtle detail but it will make the more observant onlooker come a bit closer to see just how this is done... and notice the gorgeous weaving stems twirling around the flowers.
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Tuck in another lily low into the vase at the back.
Fill the container with water.
And weave any distracting stem ends back into the vine tangle.
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...
For my design I wanted the wreath to look wind blown so I added a few loosely woven twigs into the weave. I also wanted to emphasize the autumn colours so I added a twirling...
A single stem of lilies turned into a celebration just by twirling a handful of lily grass around it.
Craft a dried cane globe for the armature of the design and then add lily grass to dry in place.
Craft a wreath with a hollow cavity inside to use as an armature for your flowers
A cool and minimal floral design for summer.
Sometimes you want to keep flowers in tight bud for as long as possible to suit your design
How to keep Lilies in bud for longer. Removing the pollen. Stringing a Lily Garland.
An all out effective way of keeping a flower stem in the exact spot you want it to be in a clear water vase design.
A minimal... but then with a tiny bug detail... design that is perfect for warm summer designing.
Weave a wreath to thread a dome for an Autumn leaf design
Weave a trap to keep your floral details suspended in a square container.
Filling a trumpet flower cup... with more flowers!
Loop a grass veil over a lily stem to create a minimalist summer design.