My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Pierce and stack fall leaves to rest on the edge of a container

Pierce a stem sized hole through an autumn leaf

Slip a second leaf through the hole

Pull the stem all the way through

Rest the leaves on the edge of a container with the stems pointing into the container.

Continue to pierce holes in the leaves

And stacking leaves.

Pierce a hole through the last leaf

And slip the first leaf stem through it

Pierce and stack a few random leaves to break up the pattern

Fill the container with water

Add a few stems of willow and Chinese lantern pods

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Tutorials

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...

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

23 March 2012 Drying Physalis sepals

Every Autumn we see the beautiful Physalis pods everywhere but they are easy to dry and preserve to use year round.

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

16 October 2012 Taco-shaped twig armature

Make a half-moon shaped armature to fill with flowers

21 October 2015 Rolled up Autumn leaf wreath

Create a textured wreath with Chrysanthemums and rolled up Autumn leaves

21 October 2015 Use the stem of an Autumn leaf to wrap, pin and secure it in a roll

A glue-less way of manipulating leaves

6 November 2013 Leaf Swirls

Cut fall leaves to create continuous swirls

14 October 2015 Roll hundreds (yes! hundreds) of autumn leaves so create a natural, upright flower frog

Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems

13 November 2013 Salmon pink Fall leaf armature

Fashion a fall armature from leaves

6 September 2011 Autumn leaf Roses

I used to make baskets full of these when I was a little girl. We had a big Acasia thorn tree and I used to spear my “roses” onto the tree pretending I was the fairy responsible...

Favourite Flowers

Physalis

Chinese lantern, cape gooseberry, Peruvian cherry, Inca berry

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow

Related Designs

1 November 2017 A Round

Create a delicate design that rests lightly on the edge of a container

3 October 2018 But what’s inside?

This week we are looking at the contents pages of my book... but more specifically at the sweet little pod design on the content page of my book.

7 October 2011 Thanksgiving Harvest

Thanksgiving pumpkin with Chinese lanterns and spiral blossoms

16 October 2012 Bright, brighter… brightest!

Celebrate the bright colours of autumn with lilies and Chinese lanterns

4 October 2017 Whipped up in the autumn breeze

Give a loosely woven wreath legs to stand on to hover lightly around a pumpkin

28 October 2015 On Pumpkin Coloured Days

Create a besom broom to sweep up those Autumn leaves

21 October 2015 Watch the leaves turn

Roll autumn leaves to create a wreath

6 November 2013 This is the Fragrance of November

Weave a wreath to thread a dome for an Autumn leaf design

13 November 2013 Foraging

This week's design is part of a challenge issued by Sherry Donnelly of Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio and Flirty Fleurs, Alicia Schwede, owner of Bella Fiori and Chuck Graham, Floral...

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright