My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Weave a daffodil corona inspired sweater for a lily

Give a lily stem a fresh cut

Give a lily stem a fresh cut...

Place the stem in a water filled vase so that it remains hydrated

Place the stem in a water filled vase so that it remains hydrated.

Design note: make sure the lily is fully hydrated to minimize bruising the flower as you weave.

Remove all the anthers and one whole filament.

Remove all the anthers and one whole filament. You are using the stamens to weave and there should be only 5 left.

Remove all the heart shaped foliage from a Ceropegia woodii vine

Remove all the heart shaped foliage from a Ceropegia woodii vine. Connect lengths of vine to create one continues weaving garland. Make sure you are signed up for my weekly newsletter email. This week I have a special tip for you on how to cut the vine so that you can glue them into one long piece.

Design note: keep the foliage. They are great to include in designs and will last well cut from the vine.

Glue the vine end deep into the lily flower

Glue the vine end deep into the lily flower...

Curve and weave the vine around the filament

Curve and weave the vine around the filament.

This weave is extremely delicate. Make sure not to bump into the filament or it will break. Also make sure not to bump into the petals so that they bruise as little as possible. I used a basic in and out weaving pattern so that it is not too complicated or distracting inside the flower. See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to weave with foliage and stems.

Press the weave deep into the flower with a bamboo skewer

Press the weave deep into the flower with a bamboo skewer.

Curve the vine again and weave it in and out of the filaments

Curve the vine again and weave it in and out of the filaments...

Curve the vine around and around the inside of the lily

Curve the vine around and around the inside of the lily weaving it in and out of the filament.

Every time you weave a circle make it open up a little wider

Every time you weave a circle make it open up a little wider to mimic the corona of a daffodil.

Make sure the vine flowers curve around the outside of the vine

As you weave, make sure the vine flowers curve around the outside of the vine so that it creates a neat weave when you look into the flower.

Reposition the vine so that it is spaced out all the way up the filament

Reposition the vine so that it is spaced out all the way up the filament. If the vine slides back down add the tiniest drop of floral glue to keep it in place.

To keep the top most vine in place add tiny dew drop crystals to the filament ends

To keep the top most vine in place add tiny dew drop crystals to the filament ends... and then lift the vine to adhere to the back of the crystal.

For a detailed Tutorial on how I glue these tiny dew drop crystals to a delicate design see the Tutorial below.

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Tutorials

8 June 2011 Foliage Weaving

For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...

8 July 2015 Using a pin to place tiny dew drop crystals

It's sometimes difficult to place a tiny crystal or bead exactly where you want it.

2 January 2011 Lilies

How to keep Lilies in bud for longer. Removing the pollen. Stringing a Lily Garland.

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

Weave a sphere from grass

14 August 2019 Long lasting Lily and lily grass ball

Keep all the fresh flower material hydrated in water by weaving the stems from one side of the vase to the other.

3 April 2013 Twin Leaf Weave

Weave two palm leaves together to create a floral grid

1 February 2012 Weaving a diagonal green grass basket

Once you figure out how to do the corners weaving a diagonal shape is actually not that hard to do.

23 April 2014 Flower catcher

Keep a flower suspended just above water with palm leaves

19 February 2014 Weave a foliage grid for a shallow container

Keep flowers neatly in a shallow container

8 May 2019 Fill a trumpet shaped flower cup with... more flowers!

A hidden water source small enough to fit into a dainty flower.

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

5 April 2017 Weaving a Pillbox hat from grass

Use the "over and under" weaving pattern to weave a round, upright hat with a flat top and no brim.

Favourite Flowers

Ceropegia woodii

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Lilium

Lily

Related Designs

9 September 2020 Daffodillily

Weave around the stamens of a lily to create a daffodil like inside.

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

14 August 2019 For a longer lasting Summer

A creative way to keep foliage hydrated for a cool, water filled summer design.

3 April 2013 April showers bring May flowers

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

23 April 2014 Bound to Keep

Weave and tie a decorative catcher to suspend flowers

19 February 2014 Come on Over

Weave an open foliage flower frog

8 May 2019 It takes more than one person to invent a trumpet!

Filling a trumpet flower cup... with more flowers!

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

5 April 2017 Easter Bonnet

Weave a delicate Pillbox hat