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Book Name: Fresh Ideas in Dried Flowers

Author: Terry L. Rye

Publisher: North Light Books

ISBN: 1-58180-569-1

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 128

Illustrations: Color photos

Experience Required: Beginner/Intermediate

Book Review

Fresh Ideas in Dried Flowers is full of unique and unusual arrangements. The actual arrangements are divided into four chapters, Classic Centrepieces (10), Hanging Arrangements (7), Seasonal Favorites (5) and Gallery of Gifts (7). There is a handy Flower Drying Chart at the back of the book, which outlines the best methods for drying the various types of flowers you will be using for the arrangements in this book. There are also resources for equipment, florists, and info on commercial drying methods available (i.e. freeze drying services you can purchase) and additional supplies and methods you can find out about online.

Following the introduction there is an important section with descriptions and photos of Materials and Equipment you will need for the arrangements in the book. When you are ready to begin working with flowers and fruit, it is important to read the Getting Started chapter which is all about methods of preparing the fruits and flowers for making the arrangements. Step-by-step instructions explain a variety of methods for you to choose from for preparing flowers and fruits from the small-scale pressing and air-drying of flowers to the large scale freeze drying of fruits and flowers

Once you have prepared the flowers and/or fruit for arranging it is important to learn the Basic Techniques of flower arranging demonstrated in the next chapter. There are clear, helpful photos illustrating the step-by-step instructions for portions of the arrangements in this book (preparing a holder, securing flowers into foam, wiring small flowers and clusters, wiring dried fruit, making a bow and removing unwanted foliage from stems).

The best parts of Fresh Ideas in Dried Flowers are the interesting and unusual assortment of materials used in the distinctive, beautiful arrangements explained in step-by-step instructions accompanied by clear, helpful photos. The unique arrangements include dried flower art, a hanging dried fruit arrangement and the incorporation of candles. The arrangements also combine materials such as Exotic Lavender Artichokes, Flowering Red Oregano, Japanese Lanterns and Silver Dollar Luminarias as well as candles with other flowers and fruit. The arrangements are beautifully displayed in square, round, rectangle shaped containers made of tin and glass including mosaics as well as baskets.


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