Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Using a fork in a twig to “peg” a stem in place
Some designs really do just make themselves. I received this tiny little vase, that sits at an angle, for Christmas from Marius (thank you, Marius!) and while cleaning out my design room I found this little twig with a fork in it. Add a ranunculus with a ridiculously gorgeous curve in it's stem... done.
Place a small vase on a display surface
Cut a twig, with a fork in it, to fit over the edge of the vase
Fit a flower stem between the twig and the vase
Wiggle the twig so that the flower stem fits snugly to keep it in place
Position the vase on the display surface
Hana-Kubari is an Ikebana flower mechanic. Only natural materials such as pebbles, sticks and branches can be seen to support the flowers. Traditionally no twine or wire, nails,...
Cut a few willow twigs to split to create legs for the armature
Split a twig to create a t connection to hover a twig over the design
Slip a twig over the side of a container to keep an elegant flower stem upright
Splitting the chopsticks or a wooden branch, such as a willow twig creates a natural (and glue-less!) clamp.
The trick to any freestanding design is to get your first three stems standing stable and secure in the water. Once you have that you can build the design around it.
Glue a fragile sheltering net to soften the look of a summer design
Cut short bamboo lengths to keep your flower material upright in a shallow and narrow container
Latch a few bamboo pieces together to create a scaffold for the flowers to hang from
Create a minimal design by placing a single flower on a platform
Some designs really do just make themselves. I received this tiny vase for Christmas from Marius (thank you, Marius!) and while cleaning out my design room I found this little...
Create a minimal design with a few leaves to keep is all upright.
Simplicity to showcase the perfection of the Lisianthus buds
Wire a sparkling tinsel garland to dress up a single, elegant Arum lily.
Split a few bamboo sections to create a happy water source for miniature orchids
Manipulate fresh willow stems to create a sprouting armature for long tulip stems
Place a water tube at an angle in lumber so that the Zantedeschia float just above the base to show off the delicate grass snippets scattered up the stem
A demonstration presented at Canada Blooms, Toronto, Canada I was invited to share the stage with designers from Bermuda, United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Barbados, United...