My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Taking a break when weaving with grass

... of course this is not as hydrating as placing the grass in a water filled container but it does make a deference to keep the grass hydrated for a little while longer. I also found that there is less shrinkage if you allow the grass to dry slower.

This is the best way to keep the project from dying out too quickly.

When weaving a more labour intensive design you might want to/have to break for a few hours. This is the best way to keep the project from dying out too quickly.

Design note: You can also do this if you require a woven design to remain perfect. Hydrate it overnight when no one will see.

Place a layer of kitchen paper towels over the project and spritz it with water

Place a layer of kitchen paper towels over the project and spritz it with water.

Focus the water on places where you used less glue techniques

Focus the water on places where you used less glue techniques because the water might weaken the bond. But just a damp towel will already stop the moisture loss.

If you are just stepping away from the design for a few minutes the towel should be enough

If you are just stepping away from the design for a few minutes the towel should be enough but for overnight breaks I usually cover it with a very this layer of plastic as well.

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Tutorials

29 May 2019 Weaving and Interweaving for contrast

My block design is shaped around a Styrofoam block. It is bulky but lightweight and a great way to reuse packaging.

1 October 2012 Weaving a ball shaped Dew-drop Catcher from grass

Weave a sphere from grass

3 April 2013 Twin Leaf Weave

Weave two palm leaves together to create a floral grid

14 January 2015 Weaving Slippers from Foliage

Weave slip on shoes from palm leaves

20 July 2016 Twisted Lily Grass sun hat

Twist and weave a sun hat from blades of lily grass

13 July 2016 Woven lily grass parachute armature

Weave a canopy or parachute shaped armature in a way that you can place the stems in two vases to keep it hydrated.

13 March 2019 Interweave an enchanted gift basket

A bit of a planned-messy woven basket that is sturdy enough to carry small items.

Related Designs

29 May 2019 Creative Competition

This week I am so excited to share my article and design that was published in the recent issue of the Floral Art Society of New Zealand's Academy Magazine for NZ qualified...

26 June 2019 “Ok wow”

A design so fine you can easily miss it... if it were not for the interwoven pebbles catching your eye.

1 October 2012 How to catch a dew drop:

Weave a sphere from grass to catch a precious and exquisite and perfect glistening early autumn dew drop

3 April 2013 April showers bring May flowers

After a long winter it is always fun to use the first spring bulb flowers!

16 July 2014 Unraveling fast

Weaving foliage to create a lush water scene

14 January 2015 Take a load off

Weave slippers from foliage

20 July 2016 A Shade of Summer

Twist and weave a lily grass summer hat

13 July 2016 Woven

Weave a canopy or parachute shaped armature for orchids to perch on

13 March 2019 How to avoid your wedding treasures from becoming “after the event trash”

My article and grass wedding basket design.