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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Before weaving you want to remove all the foliage from the willow stems. This is the fastest way. Wear gloves if you need to strip many stems to protect your hands

Cup your hand lightly over the stem that you want to strip.

Cup your hand lightly over the stem that you want to strip and move from the tip of the stem down to gently remove all the leaves and side shoots

The delicate stems bend down and simply snaps of cleanly

The delicate stems bend down and simply snaps off cleanly

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Favourite Flowers

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

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

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