Designing with Silk Flowers - 2013

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Held Wednesday 10.00 am to Noon

call or text John 0274720700 for more info

class is held at the
"Quarter Acre" Paradise Gardens Venue
21 Vine Street Mangere East 2024 Auckland
Students from previous classes will be joined by several new students therefore I will concentrate on designs that will be easily adapted for the novice to the more experienced student. All are welcome...

8 Best Designs of 2013

Week 1:

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Foil Bow on Gift Box

Beginning with an introductory presentation to the course with a show and tell of the weekly projects for the coming term.

I will be focusing on showing students other ways of using silk flowers and introducing accessories, showcasing gift ideas, wrapping and ornamentation.

Included in this week’s introduction students will learn to make a foil Bow for a gift box.

Students need to bring:

Students will be given a length of foil ribbon and shown how to create Foil Bow.
1 dry oasis block
Several corsage pins
Hot glue gun


Making Flax Flowers
Please bring several flax strap leaves
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Week 2:

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Celtic braid floral gift box lid

Students will learn to create a Celtic knot and design a floral scene on the lid of a gift box.

Students need to bring:

1 cardboard box – ie: shoe box
1 metre wrapping paper or material – student’s choice
4 x 1 metre plastic tubing
3 stems of lavender anemones – or student’s choice
8 small purple pomp pomp’s – colour student’s choice
1 can spray adhesive – or similar
Approx 40 medium gage florist wire
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Week 3:

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Horizontal Rose Design

This week's design enveloped in a horizontal palm husk supported with an upside down glass vase to one end giving the optical illusion that the arrangement is floating. Simple by using 5 red roses, 1 branch of grape ivy and some berries and wood roses this proves to be a quick and easy arrangement to do with the extra added bonus of a stylish and contemporary professional design to enhance your dining table.

Students need to bring:

1 container - tapered - glass, ceramic – student’s choice
1 palm husk - or similar - students choice
5 roses - colour or variety – student’s choice
1 stem of berries - student choice
1 length of grape vine - artificial or organic – student’s choice - or similar
1 box of pot-pourri – student’s choice - choice one that has the wood roses in them
1 small block dry oasis (the grey one)
1 packet blue tack or oasis fix
some coco fibre - students choice
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Week 4:

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Floral Clock

Students will learn the mechanics of building a design using wall clock and a polystyrene wreath ring plus their choice of silk flowers. They will be working with a hot glue gun for this project.

Students need to bring:

1 wall clock – K-mart at the cost of around $5.00
1 polystyrene wreath ring – sized to fit wall clock inside
Assorted flowers – multi headed and small blooms best – student’s choice, colour and variety
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Week 5:

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Large Tropical Design

Students will learn to create a presentation 360° large SILK Floral arrangement using only single SILK Flower Stems along with other natural materials like coco fiber, wires, stone.


Students need to bring:

1 shallow container – clear glass
30cm chicken wire
2 contrasting tropical flowers – student’s choice
2 stems of bamboo
5 Large spike or column SILK Flowers Stems ie: Anthiriums, Heliconiums etc.
5 decorative nuts – student’s choice
Coco fiber
Stones – or shells – student’s choice
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Week 6:

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Vertical Design

Students will learn to build and construct a different structure using chicken wire and aluminium decorative piping. A simple design using Gerberas, foliage and succulents create this 3 dimensional arrangement. This design gives the student the opportunity to work with many different textures and materials.

Students need to bring:

1 container – student’s choice
5 Gerberas - colour student’s choice
3 succulents - or similar
approx 2-3 metres coloured aluminium decorative piping - colour student’s choice
assorted foliage
1 metre green plastic coated chicken wire
1 block dry oasis
bag of loose sisal or coco fibre - colour student’s choice
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Week 7:

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Students Choice

This is an opportunity for the student to bring and design a SILK Flower arrangement of their own choice. This is challenging the student to reflect over the past 6 weeks and interpret what they have seen and learnt.

It can be as small as a Men’s buttonhole to the Large Urn Arrangements for Home, Wedding, Church or Corporate Functions as long as it is thought out and put together by the student.

Technique, design and construction will be evaluated with a one to one consultation with each student. This will give the Tutor time to watch and interact with every student individually in a work situation offering direct hands on advice and helpful hints.

Students need to bring:

all products
all accessories they feel they will need to create the vision of their arrangement.

Important Notice – Limited product and items will be on sale that day...
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Week 8:

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Simple Illusions

This weeks design is to help students think about the objects and different materials they can use to enhance their design. Pictured is a simple yet elegant 360 degrees table arrangement that can be viewed from all sides and above. From the side view it looks like the silver sisal material is just sitting inside the vase with a live candle burning - yet on closer attention you can see that there is another glass vase inside the first vase separating the candle from the sisal material creating a safe environment and a perfect arrangement for a dinning table or mood lighting for a romantic evening. The base is a small round dish with oasis covered with green moss.

Students need to bring:

2 Vases - 1 large and 1 medium size – student’s choice
same shape but 1 must be smaller to fit inside the other - preferred - tapered, square, round
5 silk gerberas - colour – student’s choice
3 buds of stock - or similar – student’s choice
12 medium green glossy leaves
1 piece of sisal to suite size of vase – student’s choice - colour, design, fabric
1 base to suite – student’s choice
1 dry oasis
1 bag moss – student’s choice - sphagnum, coco fibre
1 bag acrylic stones – student’s choice - colour, shells, pebbles, sand

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Mangere East 2024
Auckland New Zealand

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