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Perfect Wedding Magazine - - Contents -

WHAT YOU NEED FO­CAL FLOW­ERS

1 PERUVIAN LILY STEM 5 ROSES OF DIF­FER­ENT VA­RI­ETIES (WE USED THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL, MOODY BLUE AND PROPER JOB) 3 NIGELLA STEMS

FO­LIAGE

3 HORNBEAM BRANCHES 3 CHI­NESE FOR­GET-ME-NOT STEMS 5 AP­PLE MINT STEMS

FLOW­ER­ING STEMS

3 ASTRANTIA STEMS 2 MILKY BELLFLOWER STEMS 3 ROSEBAY WILLOWHERB STEMS RAFFIA OR TWINE

MAKE IT!

Re­move any leaves and thorns from the bot­tom half of the stems. Lay out all of the pre­pared ma­te­rial on a surface. Take a fo­cal flower and hold it in your wrong hand. Add fo­liage and flow­er­ing stems al­ter­nately, think­ing about how their colours and shapes in­ter­act. Hold the flow­ers in place in your palm us­ing your thumb and fore­fin­ger. Do not use the woody hornbeam branches un­til step four. Loosen your grip to in­sert new stems at an an­gle. Place each new stem be­neath the ex­ist­ing flow­ers so that a dome shape forms. Turn the bou­quet anti-clock­wise af­ter ev­ery third stem to cre­ate the spi­ral twist. Use your fi­nal stems to fill any gaps in the cen­tre, in­sert­ing them from the top and nestling them be­tween flow­ers that are al­ready in place. En­sure that the stems are be­ing worked in the same di­rec­tion. Fin­ish with the wood­i­est stems (in this case the hornbeam), which will sup­port any softer stems, pro­tect­ing them when the bou­quet is tied off. To tie the bou­quet, loop the piece of raffia or twine around your fore­fin­ger, then wrap it around the bou­quet above your hold­ing hand and pull the ends through the orig­i­nal loop. Sep­a­rate the two ends, rest the bou­quet on the edge of a ta­ble, and tie in a dou­ble knot. To fin­ish, cut the stems so that they are uni­form and neat.

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