Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Spin a Single Strand Spanish Moss Spider Web
Twist two twigs together to create an interesting fork
Place four twigs to overlap in a radial star shape
Secure each twig with bind wire.
Tie the twigs together in a figure eight
I kept the overlap open to make it easier to secure the star shape. This gives you two places to secure each twig
Un-catch a bundle of Tillandsia Usneoides (Spanish moss) and lay it out in a single long strand
Wrap the strand of moss around the first twig to cover the wire. The inside will be more densely covered in moss to cover the wire and as I spin out it will become finer and more delicate.
Extend the strand to the second twig and wrap over the wire
Wrap the moss around the twigs, spinning outward.
Extend the moss to the next twig and wrap it twice around
Pull the strand so that it hangs straight with no slack towards the next twig. Wrap the moss around that twig twice
and extend it to the next twig
Spin the moss strand outward to gradually cover the twigs
Wrap each twig twice and extend the strand to the next twig
Keep the weaving direction the same throughout the web
Extend the moss to the next twig and wrap it over twice, before extending it to the next twig. Keep the extension taunt so that it hangs neatly
Move around and around spiralling the moss web outwards
Add a new strand of moss when you reach the end of a previous one. But do not add bulk. Keep it in a single strand
Keep wrapping until you reach the end of all the twigs
Secure the last strand with a tiny drop of floral adhesive
Wedge the one end of the web in the fork of the twigs...
Bend the twigs slightly to wedge in the other end. The web should be very secure
Place the twigs and web in a small vase to let it stand upright.
Add a few danglung strands of moss to make it look more natural
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...
A closer look at my design at the 20th anniversary of Canada Blooms and The Toronto Flower Show
Flowery nest desmonstration
This was the first design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration