Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Sun baked Sweetpea vine wreath
Draw two circles on a sturdy cardboard sheet.
Cut the cardboard
This will be the guiding shape of the wreath
Cut some sun baked sweet pea vines.
Remove any leaves and dried petals and damaged pods
Start to wrap the vine around the cardboard by bending it over the edge. Be careful not to break the fragile stem
For more detailed instructions on how to bend and manipulate stems see the Tutorial below
Secure the stem by wrapping the vine over the stem end
Wrap the stem around the cardboard following the shape.
Add another stem by hooking it under the previous stem and continue to wrap
Add more stems to cover to create a sturdy wreath
Set the wreath out to dry completly in the sun
Design note: I wanted my wreath to be pale in colour. If you want to preserve the green of the stems do not place it in the sun to dry.
To remove the cardboard soak the wreath in a warm water bath
The cardboard will become soggy making it easy to rip away
Move around the wreath and rip out the soggy cardboard
Carefully lift the wreath from the water and set aside to dry out
Dried Lathyrus wreath ready to design with
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...
I use two methods (or a combination of both) to attach a wreath to a door.
Make a wire wreath frame with wire and cover it with growth mesium or moss to design on
Small little twigs are glued to create a lace-like wreath
A wire Christmas star with a secret plan to hide the twinkle
The first design I did for my book launch demonstration looking at aspects that influences my effortless style of designing.
My book launch demonstration was hosted by my flower-buddies from the Capilano Flower Arranging Club. We looked at what influences our own effortless style... that "thing" that...
Every designer knows how to stretch their supplies. We use and re-use our dried plant material until our fellow designers feel like hiding it from us. I formed such an...
I wanted my Hazel twig wreath to look like forest filigree: mysteriously overgrown, tangled with age and dappled with moss and lichen. The wreath is also dressed with fresh and...