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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Wrap around grass loop and knot armature

Rip a blade of grass into thin strips.

Rip a blade of grass into thin strips.

See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to rip grass.

Rip the grass into roughly the same size strips.

Rip the grass into roughly the same size strips.

Knot two strips in the middle.  Place the strips on the upturned (underside) of a shallow container.

Knot two strips in the middle. Place the strips on the upturned (underside) of a shallow container.

The armature wraps around the container. You will right the container once the grass is secure to design in the "right" side.

Knot another strip of grass to one leg of the previous knotted strip.

Knot another strip of grass to one leg of the previous knotted strip.

When you have a knotted square you are ready to turn the container over.

When you have a knotted square you are ready to turn the container over.

Rest the container on the knotted grass.

Rest the container on the knotted grass.

Fold the ripped grass over to the front and start knotting in grass strips.

Fold the ripped grass over to the front and start knotting in grass strips.

Pull the grass gently so that it fits the container snugly.

Pull the grass gently so that it fits the container snugly.

Cover the entire container surface with knotted ripped grass strips.

Cover the entire container surface with knotted ripped grass strips.

Fill the container with water.

Fill the container with water.

Set your flowers in the shallow container.  The flower stems should be in water and the flower resting above the water on the knotted net of ripped grass.

Set your flowers in the shallow container. The flower stems should be in water and the flower resting above the water on the knotted net of ripped grass.

Design note: You can cut away all the dangling ripped grass ends, if you want to. The flowers are so dramatic that I decided to add extra long ripped strips to dangle over the flowers so that the knots do not get lost in the design.

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Tutorials

27 February 2013 Ripped Foliage Mesh

Create a delicate mesh over the design

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

12 February 2014 Lightly sprinkled foliage frog

Light as air ripped foliage flower frog

30 August 2017 Standing a water tube at an angle in lumber

Create a minimal design by placing a single flower on a platform

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10 September 2012 Tying the knot

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18 September 2012 Tying the knot and loosening those curls

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12 February 2014 Easy does it

Rip foliage to sprinkle as a light as air flower frog

30 August 2017 If

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