Forget everything you thought you knew about dried flowers! If the thought of dried flower arrangements is conjuring up images of stuffy decor that hasn't seen the light of day in decades – think again. Preserved floral arrangements are cool again, and not only are they beautiful, they'll also last infinitely longer than fresh flowers. This gorgeous book offers a new approach to flower arranging with dried botanicals, exploring ways to preserve flowers’ beauty forever through drying and pressing, and then presents a catalogue of 30 flowers that are interesting for colour, texture and sculptural appeal in arrangements. 15 step-by-step projects then give you creative ideas for displaying dried flowers including bouquets, wreaths, wall hangings, wall art, flower crowns and buttonholes for weddings, terrariums, candles and more. These exquisite floral creations will give a bohemian and poetic touch to your interior décor and everlasting beauty to your home.
This is the most practical and most beautiful book ever produced on the subject. It contains a complete guide to the techniques of drying and arranging flowers--and also gives advice on how to grow flowers in the garden for drying.
Forget everything you thought you knew about dried flowers! If the thought of dried flower arrangements is conjuring up images of stuffy decor that hasn't seen the light of day in decades - think again. Preserved floral arrangements are cool again, and not only are they beautiful, they'll also last infinitely longer than fresh flowers. This gorgeous book offers a new approach to flower arranging with dried botanicals, exploring ways to preserve flowers' beauty forever through drying and pressing, and then presents a catalogue of 30 flowers that are interesting for colour, texture and sculptural appeal in arrangements. 15 step-by-step projects then give you creative ideas for displaying dried flowers including bouquets, wreaths, wall hangings, wall art, flower crowns and buttonholes for weddings, terrariums, candles and more. These exquisite floral creations will give a bohemian and poetic touch to your interior décor and everlasting beauty to your home.
Table of Contents Introduction How to Skeletonize Leaves Drying Flowers Naturally Traditional Drying with Sand Preparing Your Flowers for Drying Two Ways of Drying Flowers – Face up and Face Down Dry Filler Items Drying with Silica Gel How to Prevent Over – Drying Air Drying Methods and Glycerin Glycerin Assembling Your Flowers Dried Flower Projects Flower Frame Flower and Herb Leaf Ideas Appendix Conclusion How to Make a Rose Potpourri Crystallized Violets Author Bio Publisher Introduction The art of floral preservation has been en vogue for millenniums, all over the world, in some form or the other. You may have heard of dried flowers, dried herbs, dried seeds, bark, roots, and even potpourri. The only reason why I would want to live in the age of Cleopatra is that the ancient Egyptians knew all about a flower preservation method with which flowers kept their original color, shape, and looks for more than 6 months after they had been cut. Cleopatra’s rooms were full of these flowers. Unfortunately, we have lost this method of preserving flowers, with the burning of the library at Alexandria. However, even up to 1638, Signor Ferrari living in Siena – Italy – described how flowers could be preserved and kept everlasting and alive. Nevertheless, the flowers that we dry today do not have their original color not do they have the rich feel of a thing alive. What we have is something mummified because it has been dried in sand and silica gel. When I was a child, I asked my science teacher to give me a little bit of silica gel because I wanted to preserve all the flowers in our garden in all their colors, and that nice gentleman told me that the colors changed and turn brown, when the water content was removed from that particular plant. I believe that was the first disappointment in my young life, because I wanted all of those colors and their shapes to last forever. But, well, that secret has gone with the ancient Egyptians. Nevertheless, today we are drying flowers, through air drying processes, and this book is going to tell you all about how you can create things of beauty from dried flowers, and anything natural, which you can dry and turn into a thing of beauty and a joy forever.
Dried Flowers for All Seasons shows how to create dried-flower arrangements with the color, appeal, and just-picked look of fresh flowers. What's unique about this book is that it includes flowers not usually associated with dried arrangements -- including spring flowers such as tulips and daffodils. The book is arranged by season and there are several types of arrangements for each, including wreaths, sprays, and traditional bouquets. -- Features in-depth information on drying techniques. -- Includes more than 300 color photos. -- A glossary lists more than 60 flowers suitable for drying. -- Step -by-step instructions show how to arrange flowers.
How to Grow, Harvest and Create with Dried Flowers
Author: Bex Partridge
Publisher: Hardie Grant
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Everlastings is a celebration of the life of flowers, showcasing the ethereal beauty of dried and preserved flowers, those that are just as fascinating dried as they are fresh. Throughout the book Bex Partridge takes you on a journey, starting with practical advice on how to grow dried flowers, with in-depth descriptions of the many methods available for drying and preserving blooms, seed heads and foliage, before sharing her favorite ways to style with dried flowers in the home. Everlastings is so much more than a 'how-to' book, with knowledge shared on the ecological benefits of dried flowers, a chapter on foraging which goes to great lengths to show that this kind of flower arranging can be accessible to us all, as well as an inspiring chapter on the meditative benefits of working with dried flowers. The main section of the book features a number of projects to try at home, all accompanied with beautiful photography. Suitable for both those that have never worked with dried flowers before and the seasoned professionals, the projects span many levels of experience. Bex finishes this section by sharing ideas on how to capture the memories and moments of special days, though the gathering and preserving of flowers, to be treasured for years to come. Everlastings encourages the reader to embrace the ebb and flow of the seasons, with seeds sown in spring, producing flowers in the summer to be dried and arranged in the house as a stunning winter display. Filled with the stunning imagery that Bex has become known for, Everlastings presents a modern take on an age old pastime.
Learn how easy pressing and preserving flowers can be and then create spectacular, one-of-a-king arrangements. More than 40 original designs for gorgeous wreaths, centerpieces, picture frames, and more, all featuring plants that you have dried, will showcase your talent and brighten your home.--COVER.
Learn how to make stylish dried floral designs that will last longer than freshly cut bouquets. Do you adore having flowers around the house but they always seem to wilt and fall to pieces as soon as you place them in water? No longer! Join the trend of DIY drying and create stunning bouquets that will outlast fresh cuts while still adding that soft, romantic floral touch. Expert florist Carolyn Dunster breathes new life into the age-old art of growing, drying, and displaying blooms in ways that will bring a chic, natural vibe to any room. Whether you are looking for elegant DIY bridal arrangements or trying to add a little bohemian flair to a room's décor, there are dried designs that will complement every aesthetic and occasion. Written for a new, younger audience that is just discovering the art of drying flowers and from a popular British botanical stylist with a penchant for urban gardening, this book is a modern spin on a classic craft. For those who are concerned with environmental impact, dried flowers are also gaining popularity as a more sustainable approach to floristry. Dried flowers are perfect for: * DIY bridal bouquets and table arrangements * Stylish home décor * Sprucing up your place of business in an affordable, low maintenance way This book is an ideal purchase for anyone wanting to get started with the art of growing and drying flowers. Learn how to grow your own stems and the best combinations of color and texture to create floral sculptures that breathe new life into any space in any season.
Dried Flower Embroidery celebrates the craft of flowers-on-tulle. Discover how to create beautiful displays of your favorite everlasting blooms, grasses and foliage. Starting with the basics, Olga takes you step-by-step through how to master this craft - from techniques for drying flowers to making your own frames and embroidering onto tulle, using nature as your thread and drawing inspiration from the natural world. Expand your creativity and go on to create lovely designs of your own. Featuring a collection of 16 projects from wall hangings to homewares and wearables - suitable for beginners and seasoned professionals alike - Olga inspires you to bring a touch of nature indoors, as she offers a fresh and modern approach to the craft of embroidery. Presented through exquisite photography, Dried Flower Embroidery shows you how to create botanical artworks to display in your own home. Discover the joy of embroidering with dried flowers and make your own natural art with this irresistible book - a must-have for lovers of floral arrangements and interiors alike.
Table of Contents Introduction Making up Your Mind to Start! Begin Your Collection Pressing Leaves Steps and Tips Techniques for Pressing Flowers Grasses, Mosses, Lichens, and Ferns To Varnish or Not to Varnish – That Is the Question… Lacquer Traditional Gums Beginning Our Projects Floral Wreath Bookmark Cards Conclusion Author Bio Publisher Introduction Just imagine that you have a number of dried flowers and leaves, which you wanted to make into a thing of beauty and a joy forever. This, of course, is a challenge for anybody who thinks she or he has a creative instinct and talent. If I was living in the 19th century and had plenty of time on my hands, I would have studied young, under the tutelage of a teacher or a governess or perhaps my mother. But now, living in the 21st century world, tied up to my PC/laptop and my cell phone and my apps, who really has the time, and energy to spend some enjoyable man-hours in making some beautiful creative pictures, out of some dried flowers and leaves? On the other hand, if you are the sort who does not mind going outdoors, ever so often, looking at the beauties of nature from April to October, or later until it becomes the time of Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind, is it surprising that many of the treasures that you have carried home during the autumn or the summer, may be turned into a thing of beauty or a decorative item for posterity, when it is cold outside. In the 18th and 19th century, people loved to make decorations with dried flowers, leaves, and other dried items of nature, and even though it took a little bit of time and energy, the results were well worth it. The pictures that you are going to see in this book are more of instruction so that you can know how to make these decorations on your own. Naturally, I cannot tell you which flowers to use in your designs, because I do not know where you are, and I do not know which flowers you have at hand. At any given time of the year, my gardens are going to be full of nasturtiums, gardenias, Bougainvillea, Larkspur, pansies, delphiniums, sweet peas, pansies, forget-me-nots, baby’s breath, roses, and other flowers, depending upon where I am.