24

Feb

2014

DIY Tutorial: White and Green Hand Tie Bouquet

DIY Tutorial

A few weeks ago I got sent a gorgeous book called Simple Flower Arranging. This book is FULL of amazing flower arrangements as well as incredibly useful hints and tips to create the prefect flower arrangement just like the professionals. Some tutorials are simple and traditional, while others ae more creative and harder. On flicking though the book I instantly wanted to go off and buy a whole load of beautiful blooms and create some flowery masterpiece! It really is jam-packed with beautiful and imaginative arrangements and certainly something for everyone!

Luckily for me and you Mark and Stephen the authors of the book have agreed to share with us two of their beautiful arrangements. I have chosen a fairly simply one for this week and coming up in a few weeks time is a slightly harder one! I hope you like them as much as I do!………Happy Flower arranging! xxxx

Green White Hand Tie

Loose and informal in style with a deliberately minimalist colour palette, this bouquet is arranged using a straightforward but impressive-looking spiral technique. The “binding point”, where the flowers are tied, is fairly high so they sit beautifully in the vase.

The soft country look of this bouquet is determined by its harmonious green, white, and creamy yellow colour scheme and the fact that it doesn’t contain stems of foliage (alchemilla mollis is used here as a variety of flower); foliage in a bouquet produces a sharper, more striking look. As with all our mixed bouquets, no two
flowers of the same variety sit next to each other; they are all evenly dispersed throughout the arrangement. The absence of leaves below the waterline, and the
stylish swirl of clean stems that results from using a spiral technique, are aesthetic details that help to lift and refine this design.

Insider Tips

  • Strip all the leaves from their stems below the binding point before you start arranging. This makes the bouquet easier to hold as you build it, prevents leaves sitting below the waterline and turning the water murky, and gives the stems a clean look.
  • Arrange the different flowers (and foliage, if using) into separate piles before you start so you can pick up each variety in turn to distribute the flowers properly.
  • Turn the bunch slightly in the same direction after you add each stem tocreate the correct spiral stem effect.

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STEP 1) 1 Hold 1 hypericum stem and place 5 alchemilla and 4 more hypericum around it, adding 1 stem of each variety in turn. Angle the stems slightly as you arrange them.

  • The binding point is where you hold the stems and tie the bouquet. The higher the binding point, the more compact the design.
  • Hold the bunch at the binding point with your left hand if you are right-handed, and vice versa if you are left-handed.
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STEP 2)  Add a rose, inserting it at an angle into the bunch where your thumb rests, so the stem points towards you and the flower points away. Turn the bunch slightly in one direction. Repeat with 2 more roses.

  • The flower heads sit about 15cm (6in) above this binding point. Any leaves below the binding point should have been stripped off.
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STEP 3) Intersperse 5 stems of camomile at the same angle around the outside of the bouquet. Turn the bunch slightly after adding each flower. Then twist the bunch round to face you – or hold it in front of a mirror – to spot any obvious gaps and check you are happy with the distribution of blooms so far. Adjust a few flowers slightly if needed.

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STEP 4)  Add 3 stems of guelder rose, working the stems into the centre as well as around the edges. Guelder rose naturally curves down, enhancing the rounded shape of this bouquet.

  • The spiral of stems should now be evident. Roughly trim the stems if the bunch becomes top-heavy, but don’t trim them too short.
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STEP 5) Add 5 stocks, then add one more of each bloom around them, angling these flowers slightly lower around the edges of the bunch to build its rounded shape. Check the look of the bouquet from the top again.

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STEP 6) Angle the remaining flowers so they sit even lower around the edges to complete the domed shape. Secure the bouquet at the binding point with garden string,
twine, or raffia and tie in a knot. Trim the stems into a neat curve, cutting each end at an angle.

 

Simple Flower Arranging, by Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks, published by DK, £16.99, dk.com / Buy on Amazon 

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