The frame technique for making a bouquet is one of the most difficult and time consuming. But the result is very impressive. This was brilliantly demonstrated by the florist Zhanna Semenova, having created 8 creative compositions at the show at the Floreal Training Center.
When creating a frame bouquet, it is important not only to develop a concept for a future piece, but also to think over every step of its production. The composition is kept taking into account the nature of the flowers: you cannot take protea, rose, anthurium, etc. at the same time. The choice of flowers should correspond to the general concept of the bouquet and the character and texture of the frame. Only in this way will she acquire the necessary integrity and mood.
When working on frame bouquets, the use of glue is often required, but at the same time an important principle must be preserved: to work with floristic material, always use only special glue, and only work with non-natural material is normal PVA glue.
Flowers for frame bouquets require preparation: they are almost completely cleared of leaves, leaving only the inflorescence. Some stubborn flowers require pre-taping.
The frame for the first bouquet is made of soft long needles of Weymouth pine (Pinus strobus). The needles are attached to the cardboard base in the form of a ring with the help of double-sided tape and floral glue, then a wire frame, which is again covered with needles and stitched with wire. Above and below the frame is decorated with beautiful white floral paper that creates a winter mood. By the weight of the frame, it is easy to determine how many supports are required for the bouquet to maintain balance. In this case, the frame is quite heavy, so 7 supports are needed. The supports in this bouquet have not only a technical, but also a decorative function. The nervous texture of coniferous needles is balanced by calm peonies (Paeony), lisianthus (Lisianthus), pittosporum (Pittosporum), and their delicate pink and white tones are perfectly set off by bluish needles. Ivy shoots complete the composition, uniting it into a single whole. The needles retain their decorative qualities for a long time, therefore, replacing the flowers, you can experiment on it and come up with a completely different bouquet.
This frame consists of bleached twigs that are drilled with a drill and wired together. For roses or other significant flowers, such a frame is too rough, but for greenery and delicate spring flowers it is very good. On a one-legged support we fix the bottom - a round cardboard, tinted in black, to match the color of the earth. We set the sprouted grass at the bottom, pierce the cardboard and insert buttercups (Ranunculus) yellow-red in color, reminiscent of chicken-pockmarked chickens. We glue the quail eggshells with floral glue. The result is a fresh and elegant Easter composition.
For the next composition, I used a frame of branches, tinted black. Using floristic glue, we glue large sunflower seeds onto it. We attach the halves of the pomegranate. A rigid frame feed dictates the use of exotic plants with rich colors. First, install the black calla lilies. Anthurium (Anthurium) we pre-temp to give the flower the desired position. Red roses "Grand Prix", bright pink nerine inflorescences (Nerine), pink sweet pea flowers (Lathyrus) dilute the dark tones of the composition. Since all flowers are without leaves, let's add some trachelium (Trachelium), greens of pittosporum (Pittosporum), cattail leaves (Thypha) and ivy shoots (Hedera).
The fourth composition uses a wire frame in the form of a flat cylinder. It must be carefully braided with cattail leaves. (Typha), so that the wire is not visible. The top can also be closed with cattail weave, but in this case, purple yarn is used. We close the central hole with a piece of floristic wire mesh and start placing flowers - half-open pink peonies (Paeony), lilac blue hyacinths (Hyacinthus), white lisianthus (Lisyanthus), Nerina (Nerine), sweet pea (Lathyrus) and twigs of photinia (Photinia).
And one of those present aptly called this composition "Alpine Hill". The frame for it is made in the form of a tape consisting of pine needles stitched between two layers of paper. Outside, we decorate the surface of the white openwork floral boomay. We lay the tape in the form of a spiral and sew it with wire so that spaces of different shapes remain between the turns, which will be filled with flowers. We pierce with a diametrically wire and attach white beads to the protruding ends with a hot gun. The frame is finished, and you can start decorating it with flowers. Trachelium is ideal for this purpose. (Trachelium) - it is voluminous, airy, but not significant, will serve as a good filling. The main thing here is the hellebore (Heleborus), which is assigned the top of the composition, the pedestal.
The "openwork nest" for the next bouquet is made of curved willow branches. The shape of the frame dictates the use of plants with flexible stems. First, we install the shoots of scindapsus into it. (Epipremnum) and ivy (Hedera), from which it is necessary to remove part of the leaves, since the vines evaporate too much moisture. We place orchids in the recess of the frame - phalaenopsis (Phalaenopsis) and miltonidium (Miltonidium). On the outer part of the frame, thread the leaves of the cattail (Typha) and graceful white calla lilies (Zantedeschia). We complement the composition with pink sweet peas, which enhances the feeling of lightness. The flow of flowers in this bouquet is natural, all flowers are on live stems, they are not teppated.
The material for this unusual frame is pine needle sausages. Bergras is also suitable for their manufacture. (Bergras), in summer you can use cereals. We put bunches of needles (or grass) on a wire 1.5 mm thick and wrap them with a thin wire, adding more layers. The length of the "sausages" is about 60 cm. We decorate the finished sausages with white mohair yarn. We give them a twisted shape and make a frame out of them, connecting together with pieces of wire. The ends of the "sausages" go up, where the flowers will be integrated, the middle will form a plane. To give the frame rigidity, we fix a round wire base on it, to which the thick wire supports are attached. We place flowers on the frame - first Buplerum(Buplerum) and trachelium (Trachelium) as fillers, then white tulips and lisianthuses (Lisianthus). Cover the bottom of the frame with short sprigs of buplerum. The effect of this composition is unexpected - white flowers and mohair tips of "sausages" make it airy and transparent, without leaving even a hint of a heavy frame. This technique is applicable to a wide variety of floral designs, including hats and dresses.
The last composition is based on a tapered wire frame. The rules of good taste in floristry require that the wire is not visible, so we wrap the frame with soft gray-beige yarn, including the top. Then we tightly braid it with cattail leaves (Typha), giving the look of a basket. We fasten the leaves together with floral glue. The very shape of the frame dictates the theme of the composition - you want to fill it with flowers and fruits. First, we wrap the basket with lashes of maiden grapes (or other vines) and ivy shoots. We also surround the opening for the bouquet with a bunch of vines. Place flowers in the center of the composition - roses "Grand Prix", green chrysanthemums "Anastasia Green", white Alstroemeria (Alstremeria), a couple of nerine inflorescences (Nerine), a little bit of buplerum (Buplerum). Since there is a basket, there must be abundance, so we add fruits - green apples and apple peel spirals.
When the bouquet on the frame is ready, cut the stems at the same level, while making the “legs” of the frame a little shorter than the flowers. When placing bouquets in a vase, we maintain the water level 2 cm below the place of the bundle.
You can learn the secrets of floristic skills from Zhanna Semenova at the Floreal Training Center (//www.florealcenter.ru/). Registration for courses by phone: (495) 728-04-27, (495) 916-37-21, (495) 916-34-40.