My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Two vase, two level Phormium snippets

Fit two vases into each other and measure the flax

Fit two vases into each other and measure the flax. The inside lower level gets the hard, spongy part of the flax and the slightly taller level gets the part that starts to flair open.

Snip away any damaged bits as you would when you condition

Snip away any damaged bits as you would when you condition

Set the vases on its side and slip in the snippets

Set the vase on its side and slip in the snippets

Stack the container until almost completely full

Stack the container until almost completely full

Slowly lift up the vase and set it in the bigger vase.

Cut the next section from the flax

Cut the next section from the flax, just above the section used for the inside container. Slip the flax between the two layers of glass to stand upright.

Snippets ready to design with.

Once the snippets are ready to design with fill both containers with water

Add the fresh floral material

Add the fresh floral material

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Tutorials

22 May 2012 Spiral twig frog

Multiple tiny twigs create a flower frog to keep the delicate buds and leaves in the exact spot you want.

22 May 2012 Filling a vase with water without disturbing the design details

Break the water flow when you fill a vase with details in that can move with the stream of water

10 August 2016 Bamboo frog for a shallow container design

Cut short bamboo lengths to keep your flower material upright in a shallow and narrow container

27 April 2016 Hiding a secret water source in a twig frog

New growth is really difficult to design with and definitely needs to be conditioned and placed in a water source

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

Rolled leaves offer support for floral stems

7 May 2014 Rethinking the traditional Komiwara technique

Komiwara is a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.

22 June 2016 Lily grass spiral in a vase

Twist lily grass slightly to create a spiral for the orchids to nestle in

18 March 2015 Meadow in a bowl

Inspired by a classic and traditional Ikebana technique used in a Rikka design called Komiwara. Designers would usually bundle straw to keep the flowers in place.

Favourite Flowers

Phormium

Flax, New Zealand flax

Lilium

Lily

Related Designs

2 August 2017 Grace

Use snips and snippets and leftovers to create a design of it's own

15 November 2017 Alchemy

Gently stand leaves upright in a Kenzan

21 February 2018 Impossible things

A cut stem flower frog for the heavy Hanging Heliconia flowers

4 July 2018 Wonder

Tie a bundle of grass to support your floral details

30 January 2019 Around Here

Wind lily leaves to spiral around in a water filled container.

22 May 2019 Putting your own spin on it

I would definitely describe my own personal style as minimalist classic... but with an edgy twist.

12 June 2019 Almost... all over!

Loop a grass veil over a lily stem to create a minimalist summer design.

22 May 2012 Lean

Place short twigs, leaning to one side to create a flower frog

10 August 2016 Saved up

Cut lengths of bamboo to place in a shallow container as a flower frog

22 June 2016 Perfection

Spiral grass to create a nest for the lady slipper orchids

27 April 2016 Sprout

A sneaky way to condition new growth to add into your Spring design

14 October 2015 What a find!

Roll autumn leaves to create a frog to keep flowers upright

18 March 2015 Spring Dreaming

A bowl full of miniature Chrysanthemums

7 May 2014 Serendipity

Be inspired by traditional Ikebana techniques