My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Overgrown Willow web inspired by a traditional Dream-catcher

I wanted my willow armature to hint of a web-like dreamcatcher that grows in the wild rather than being a precise replica of the traditional craft technique. But I did weave it in a similar way.

Weave a strong wreath

Weave a strong wreath

For more detailed instructions on weaving a wreath see the Tutorial below

Soften the overall look of the wreath by filling the gaps with wool

Soften the overall look of the wreath by filling the gaps with wool

Tie wool to the wreath and secure with a knot

Tie wool to the wreath and secure with a knot

Create a loop in the wool by loosely wrapping the wool around the wreath

Create a loop in the wool by loosely wrapping the wool around the wreath. I measured the loop to be about four finger width away

Move around the wreath creating wool loops

Move around the wreath creating wool loops

Moving inward start a second row of loops

Moving inward start a second row of loops, this time looping the wool around the middle of the first row of loops

Add loops all the way around the wreath

Add loops all the way around the wreath

Add a third row of loops.

Add a third row of loops.

Pull the loops to the middle point of the wreath and secure

Pull the loops to the middle point of the wreath. Because I wanted my design to look more natural and because the mid-point would be the focal point of my design I moved this gathering point slightly off-center.

Secure the loops with a knot

Secure the loops with a knot

Glue in small clumps of moss

Glue in small clumps of moss

Add glue to the connecting points

Add glue to the connecting points and sprinkle with moss.

Let the glue dry overnight

Let the glue dry overnight

Weave in thin willow stems following the wool pattern

Weave in thin willow stems following the wool pattern

Manipulate each stem to make it more plyable.

Manipulate each stem to make it more pliable.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to manipulate stems and twigs

Gently wrap each stem around the wool to cover the entire armature

Gently wrap each stem around the wool to cover the entire armature

Try to let the stems point inward towards the focal point

Try to let the stems point inward towards the focal point. This creates the impression that the stems grow from the wreath into the design. Let the tip of each stem face inward.

Double up on some of the sections to create a natural feel

Double up on some of the sections to create a natural feel

Loosely weave a few thicker stems around the armature to break up the wreath lines

Loosely weave a few thicker stems around the armature to break up the wreath lines

Place tiny test tubes as a water source for the fresh flowers

Place tiny test tubes as a water source for the fresh flowers

See the detailed Tutorial below for instructions on how I make my own tubes from drinking straws

Glue in dried hydrangea florets.

Glue in dried hydrangea florets.

See the detailed Tutorial below for instructions on how to dry Hydrangeas

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Tutorials

1 November 2011 Weaving a twig wreath

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...

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...

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

30 May 2012 Drying Hydrangeas: Fast, Flat or Natural

Use all three methods to dry hydrangeas to get three very different textures to use in design work.

10 July 2012 Smooth dried hydrangea flowers in the palm of your hand

Hold a dried hydrangea flower in the palm of your hand to smooth out the folds

Related Designs

8 July 2015 How To Catch A Dream

Take inspiration from a traditional Dream-catcher design to create a floral armature

4 May 2016 Ring-a-round

Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container

17 August 2016 Strangeness

Weave a wreath to display air plants on

19 October 2016 There are Octobers

Autumn wreath

24 May 2017 Link

weave a few wreaths to link

31 January 2018 Rock, don't Roll

Balance the heavy Protea flower head to lean against a rock.