Autumn has finally arrived!
I love it; I’m probably alone when saying I’ve really not enjoyed this warm October, it’s not normal and now we are all panicking that we may actually have to put the heating on in November and wear a sensible warm coat!
I adore crisp, sunny Autumn days.
When writing this post, I was sat on a train on my way back down to Devon with the autumn sun shining through the carriage, it was blissful. I rarely ever get rains, I always associate them with crowded smelly, long and uncomfortable journeys (that has been my only experience of them) and I have to say it was more than pleasant, probably something to do with the fact I was travelling in the middle of the day on a Tuesday. Hmmm. Make note: Continue to travel during the day and week and my perception of trains may change.
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I had the delight of attending my college course this last weekend back up in Warwickshire – here are the two designs I created;
A hand tied bouquet influenced by Per Benjamin – here is one of his beautiful Carnation ring bouquets.
As Per Benjamin, we used a very simple threading technique with the use of Carnations creating ‘the perfect circle’. First and foremost, decide on the length of Aluminium wire. Florists Aluminium wire is incredibly flexible meaning (in the words of my dear floristry friend….)you are able to modulate it into any shape you’d like(!!) Once the aluminium wire is manipulated, it can be quite hard to get it back to its a smooth, straight form so keep that in mind!
I then went onto pierce the heads of the Carnations and thread carefully onto the aluminium wire until I filled the length. Then joined the two ends together securely by piercing the ends of the wire through the final two heads of Carnations. The stems of the flowers will probably be in a tangled mess, try to even these out as carefully as possible as they are prone to snapping at the nodes , the little bumps all the way down the stem.
We then went onto place the other flower material through the middle of the Carnation circlet continuing to spiral as we go. If you have read previous floristry blog posts of mine, you will know that I am heavily influenced by texture, so the first given moment, I find all manner of wonderful different textures pieces to include into my design.
Ingredients in my design:
Florist aluminium wire (you can buy this here)
Second Design – Novelty Wedding Design
The Second design was a novelty design, where we were forced to use our creative juices and create any shape or size wedding design to be held. Many of us were influenced by a handbag shape with a handle, easy to hold for the bride.
We used coloured foam as the make up of coloured foam is stronger than wet or dry foam.
I then went onto shape the foam carefully using a knife and smoothed it down with my hands. Following onto attaching the wire handle, covered in lime green wool secured with hot glue.
Strip the pretty patterned paper roughly and paste onto the foam shape using wall paper paste. This will dry clear and secures the paper onto the foam.
Leave for a few hours to dry, this can be aided by the use of a small travel hairdryer!
Soak the top section of the foam with a misting bottle and place in the selection of flowers, ideally in groups to give impact of texture.