Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Phormium bubble frame
Gather a few blades of flax.
Loop the flax
Secure the flax loop with a knot.
Adjust the flax so that it is secure but not scrunched up
Flair out the looped strands to fan open.
Slip some of the top and bottom parts of the flax stems through the loops to keep it flared open.
Set the flax in a container to hydrate before adding the flowers.
Slip the flowers through the loops.
Place it back in the vase at a sharp angle so that the stems rest against the side of the vase
Reshape a vine wreath into smaller wreaths to combine as a pumpkin
Tie Midelino Cane coils to make a spiral armature
Snip a dried twig wreath to undo the spirals to hang around a glass container
I build up the spheres by weaving willow wreaths and then use those to shape the ball
Wire and glue a few acorns into the fork of a twig to create an Autumn armature
Most leaves and foliage can be slightly manipulated to curve or curl.
Tangle and shape wire to create a half moon for grass and gyp to rest in
Loosely wrap and weave lily grass to create a planned-messy looking armature
Twirl and wrap wire and lily grass around a dowel stick to create a spring frog
Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...
Throughout their dangling history tiny to robust tassels were universally used as a finishing feature in fabric decoration and symbols of standing in religious order and nobility...
Open a vine wreath to create a spiral twig armature around a glass container
Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions
Hoard a few acorns in the fork of a twig to show off a single oncidium orchid.