I think this book should be renamed! I picked it up thinking I was going to learn how to make a Christmas wreath, maybe a fresh one and a dried one, but instead I came away inspired to hang plant matter from anything with a beam or hook.
The book is broken down into four sections: fresh, foraged, dried and festive, each one offering inspiration and how-tos for wreath style arrangements (i.e. things you can hang). I've been a florist for years now and honestly thought I'd seen it all, but found myself getting excited by new ideas each time I'd turn the page.
There are very clear, specific and detailed instructions for how to use wreaths and "meadow balls" at weddings and events, embellishing geometric shapes and branches, making garlands for mirrors, natural chandeliers, flower walls, mobiles, hanging herb bundles, and so much more. This book is not just geared at florists but is very accessible (and encouraging) to anyone who wants to have a go at being creative with nature.
I love the philosophy of the authors; they talk a lot about the language of flowers, and the subtle meaning that is conveyed when certain flower types are used. They encourage the reader to work with the seasons, appreciate the imperfections in flowers, and most of all nurture a connection with the natural world around them.
Love, love, loved this book, which has now been added to my very long "Want" list.
Publisher's Blurb: Wreaths explores the art of creating wonderful floral pieces, to gift or keep, through a collection of 20 beautiful and natural designs.
Learn how to play around with colour, foliage, texture and architectural forms with a craft that is no longer just for Christmas.Packed with ideas, skills and techniques, Katie and Terri will inspire you to bring a touch of nature indoors as they offer a fresh and modern approach to wreath design.
Going beyond the traditional shapes, this book will equip you with the know-how to create impressive statement pieces, tropical and dried wreaths, as well as beautiful garlands and table centrepieces.
Presented through exquisite photography and step-by-step instructions Wreaths captures the true beauty of these botanical creations, while also showcasing how best to display them in your home and freshen up interiors.
Discover the joy of foraging, the secret to drying flowers with speed and master the art of making natural wreath frames. This irresistible book is a must-have for lovers of floral arrangements and interiors alike.