had lots of people coming through making wreaths in our studios the last few
weeks- it's been fun. So many of you have asked for a wreath making class; we
thought we'd share a few wreath secrets and making tips online with you. I hope
this translates on the Internet...here goes!
Making a wreath is similar to making an arrangement - you want to
bring together a variety of textures, shapes and colors that compliment each other before you
get started. This could happen from cuttings from your own yard. At our farm we pulled lots of
tamarack cones, various evergreens, dried queen annes lace and grasses for these
wreaths. We added some of Fallon's beautiful pumpkin-like rosehips and a few
special sheep bells from a client who was lucky enough to visit Majorca this
past year. Anything goes! Lichen covered branches...artichokes from the grocery
store...kumquats, tangerines. You can wire just about anything into a wreath.
way I start most evergreen-based wreaths is a with a wire wreath form. You will
also need a spool of wire (a medium gage is best) and a pair of snips
or clippers. Start by mounding a fistful of green clippings on the bottom of
the form. While you hold the first bunch on, start pulling the wire around the
bunch and form; looping the wire through the center of the wire form (see above photo). No need to cut the wire - you're going to keep wrapping it around the form and
greens until the whole circle is complete.
you're done with your base-wreath or foundation, you can start adding a second
layer of greens and/or some of the doo-dads you've collected to decorate the
wreath. This is the fun part.
I like to concentrate my fancier botanicals
toward the bottom of the wreath, letting them sort of spray out horizontally
like a big collar. Do yourself a favor and clean up your stems; clipping off
thorns and cutting the end of the stem at a sharp angle. This will make it
easier to poke, jam or ease your pieces in. If you've made a nice tight base
with your greens and wire, then a lot of your second layer material can just be
tucked into your base without needing it's own wiring. Heavy pieces like the
tamarack branches you see above I would wire in. No one wants junk falling out
of a wreath when someone slams the door!
course, there are more than one ways to skin a cat! You could evenly distribute
your materials around your wreath. Or make the big statement at the top. Keep
in mind where your wreath will hang -- I have a bad habit of making big wild
wreaths that later need to be trimmed back heavily in order to avoid poking
people in the eye as they walk through a doorway.
last step would be to wire in big pinecones or ornaments. And of course
the right ribbon! You can slip wire right through the knot of a bow to
adhere it around the bottom of the wreath. We’d
love to see what you make-- send photos!
Winter Masterpiece Class
Downtown Los Angeles
Saturday, January 5th 2013
In this open level class, students will learn the basics of arranging in the Little Flower School style using seasonal California-grown product. Ranunculus, anemones, citrus, scented geranium and gardenias will constitute a majority of the stems used to build low, sprawling and lush centerpieces. Emphasis will be placed on color blending techniques and using a variety of textures and scent to create complex gestural arrangements. Participants will leave with knowledge of basic floral preparation practices, the concepts of layering and form and handy tips on how to gather the necessary materials to create masterpieces on their own down the road. Limited to 20 students.
Clippers, vases, flowers & refreshments included.
$450 REGISTER HERE
This is an intensive weekend-long symposium for those looking
to further their floral work specifically in the realm of weddings and events. Individually
in their own respective floral studios Sarah and Nicolette have designed and
produced hundreds of weddings and parties. Their goal in this advanced level
class is to share the methodology, tips, and tricks that have made their
studios successful. Topics covered include:
Planning... In a
relaxed round table approach, we’ll discuss client relations, consultations, proposal
writing, budgeting, and the art of working with wedding planners.
and Sarah will share case studies of events and review practices on flower
budgeting and ordering. In addition, they will discuss in depth the advantages
of working seasonally, share tips on flower conditioning (and when not to
condition), ideas for containers, and discuss props and rentals.
A large portion of the
weekend will be devoted to hands-on floral lessons. Nicolette and Sarah’s
wedding designs are known for their loose, romantic and somewhat unstructured
approach. Special emphasis will be placed on the nuances of layering color and
Lessons included: The art of composing distinctive bridal
bouquets (students should expect to make a bouquet, and then make it again)
building centerpieces, crafting boutonnieres, tricks for constructing hair
pieces and crowns, and techniques for avoiding wrist corsages.
The weekend’s work will finish Sunday afternoon with a photo
session aimed at capturing student’s hard work for their portfolios.
Cost of workshop including materials, lunches and coffee
breaks is $2,600
Summer Down Under: Flower Arranging 101
Monday January, 14 2013
In this class we'll introduce the techniques and approaches to creating lush and wild arrangements in the Little Flower School style. Emphasis will be placed on building loose, gestural compositions that focus just as much on the negative space as the more densely layered flowers. We'll discuss construction techniques, color blending and the importance of scale. All materials and refreshments will be provided. Class is limited to 20 students. REGISTER HERE.
I was digging around in my photo archives today when I found these images from our Dutch Masters Class that took place this past spring. I know it has been a while since we've updated, please forgive us!
Nicolette and I have a few ideas about new ways of teaching. We're not ready to release anything just yet - but in the meantime, here is a tease of classes coming out for the end of 2012 and 2013...
-September 9th at the New York Botanical Garden; Sign up starts Monday on their website.
-November we're traveling to Tacoma for the ASCFG conference and might throw a class together in Seattle or Portland...
-December we're going to Australia to teach
-January we'll be back in the city with a winter class
-February we'll make our second annual Valentine pop up shop...somewhere.
-This Spring we'll be on the west coast for our annual California tour
So there it is, our wish-list. We will try our hardest to make all these happen. There's a lot on both our plates right now but teaching with the Little Flower School is the one thing we do collaboratively and it's too much fun to let slide...plus I like the snacks.