Sunday, 24 January 2010

My modern flower arrangement

I went on a workshop Friday afternoon, and made a modern flower arrangement

As you can see it is large semi circle which I made using three Oasis foam blocks glued together, then cut up to shape.

The other ladies were lucky as they had seen the arrangment before, but I had no idea of what it would like like. 

Since I took the above photo I have finished filling in all the gaps with roses and foliage

I had to collect 100+ leaves all the same.  Everyone except me brought ivy leaves to cover the sides.

Silly me picked bay leaves from my tree, and took a great deal of time trying to get them a uniform shape and size.  Instead of just placing the leaves on at random - as you can with ivy, those being all different shapes and much bigger too - I decided that the bay leaves would look nicer following the line of the semi cirle, and made a 'fan' shape.  Patrick says that it reminds him of Roman 'things'. (They were made out of laurel though, but I didn't tell him)  I had both sides to do and each one is pinned into shape, and I used more thatn 100 leaves - and I was the slowest!  Why do I make things hard for myself?  It just comes naturally he he.

The next bit usually makes people gasp when you do it.

To fill the middle of the 'sandwich' I used roses - just the tops -
so the long stems were snipped right off!

It is infilled with tips of yellow conifer and pittosporum

With carnations, dried pink berries
and creamy pearl beads.

The flowers and rosebuds are all opening up in the warmth of the room making a really striking display.  And oh those bay leaves - they do smell wonderful.

It was quite a challenge doing a 'modern' arrangement, and I was surprised that I had the patience to pin every single leaf symmetrically - not like me at all!


Carol Ann said...

What an unusual arrangement Lottie well worth all the time and patience the flowers are stunning.

Carol Ann xx

Claireabelle said...

Wow Lottie, its gorgeous!! You can see alot of work went into it but it was well worth it

Anonymous said...

it looks stunning Lottie! I'd be well chuffed if I could make anything like this.

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Sally H said...

That is stunning Lottie! I can almost smell it! This is one form of pink I love - flowers, especially roses. You are so clever!

Lynne K said...

Agreed, it's stunning, and most unusual. As soon as I saw the first picture I thought of a peacock's tail on display.

alcoholinky said...

wow - how beautiful and definitely a lot of patience needed for that.

Momiji said...

these are fabulous..very striking. I would love to know how to do that...

stampdiva said...

You have the ability to turn your hands to anything. I must show my mum as she adores flowers. So beautiful. Lynne M x

LazyKay said...

Stunning, stunning, stunning!


prashant said...

Lottie well worth all the time

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