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Create your own beautiful floral table arrangements with expert advice from this team of master florists, brimming with professional expertise and the desire to share it. Featuring over 35 designs in a wide variety of styles, each flower arrangement is beautifully photographed to provide maximum inspiration for your floral designs. Step-by-step guidance on how to create each flower arrangement is given, with tips and techniques for working with silk flowers as well as fresh cut flowers. A helpful techniques section explains all the essential concepts of flower arranging, including soaking foam (oasis), selecting flowers, handling and conditioning flowers, advice on using containers and advice on the best flower arranging tools. The projects in the book are presented in three skill levels so you can start at Level 1 with simple table centrepieces and work up through Levels 2 and 3 to create more ambitious floral designs. There are flower arrangements to suit many different occasions including weddings, Christmas, vintage tea parties, mother's day, birthdays, family get-togethers, dinner parties and more, in a diverse range of themes and styles including pretty, clean, contemporary, bold, romantic, bright, zen, warm, sculptural and rustic. This book is a fantastic introduction to creating contemporary and beautiful flower arrangements at home, suitable for beginners needing step-by-step guidance and more experienced flower arrangers looking for some fresh ideas and inspiration.
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INTRODUCTION GETTING STARTED LEVEL 1 Candle magic Modern simplicity Linking the line Round and wound Pretty pail Crisscross callas Floral cupcakes Orchid rock pool On the beach Little pots Vintage vase LEVEL 2 Floating grasses Hazel twists Country basket By the sea Sunny meadow Fields of gold Flower sushi Hazy days Pretty in pink Flowers in a teacup Lighting the way Orchid heart LEVEL 3 Ring of roses Summer bouquet Along the fence Square within a square Calla romanesque Hearts and flowers Horizontal blaze Festive ring Eye-catching elegance Myrtle hedgerow On the champagne trail Woodland tranquility Wild twigs TECHNIQUES Equipment Selecting containers Soaking floral foam Wrapping foam in cellophane Preparing flowers and foliage Making hay containers Working with artificial flowers Spiralling stems Maintaining designs Disposing with a design USEFUL CONTACTS AND SUPPLIERS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHORS INDEX

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Julie Collins and Tina Parkes are Master Florists who run the Academy of Floral Art, a unique school offering both professional and recreational floristry courses and workshops in London, Bristol and Exeter. They have trained 14 new Master Florists (the top British qualification in floristry) in the last two years, representing 40% of the UK's total number of Master Florists. A quarter of the floristry entries to Chelsea in 2012 were former Academy students and all six won medals.

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