Designing with Silk Flowers - Term 1 - 2015

Best Designs 2012 - Best Designs 2013 - Best Designs 2014 - Best Designs 2015
intro class 3 - 13a-230x173 Designing with Silk Flowers 8 week Workshop

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...

Term 1 - 2015

First Term Description

Term 2 - 2015

Second Term Description

Term 3 - 2015

Term 4 - 2015

Term 1 - Introducing Organics

Term 1 - Week 1:

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Silk Flower Garland

This week we start with a simple garland. This multi purpose garland can be used as a doorway decoration or placed on the front of a wedding table, wrapped around columns or garden arches just to mention a few.

Using large White Real Touch (foam) Lilies with small Purple coloured Asters Blooms. Then complimented by a background collar of Mauve coloured Tulle (netting).

This is an easy decoration to make with high impact.

(Please note extra coloured Lily blooms have been added for display purposes)

Students need to bring:

2 stems of lilies - (each stem has 4 blooms and 1 bud) - colour or variety – student’s choice
2 metres tulle - colour – student’s choice
1 x 2metre garland of purple aster  blooms - colour or variety – student’s choice
1 roll floral tape - paper molding tape preferred
floral wire
white plastic cable ties (small)
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Term 1 - Week 2:

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Basket Weaving using Plastic Flax

This weeks task uses all the same principles of traditional basket weaving with real flax.

We are substituting the real flax for a plastic flax with a central wire spine. This wire spine will help hold the baskets shape.

Working from the base up there are no seams or joins - it is all one woven item just like the real flax baskets.

Students need to bring:

16 x 1 metre lengths of plastic flax
8 cloths pegs (4 one colour & 4 another colour)
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Term 1 - Week 3:

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Posy Bouquet to go into Basket

This week we are making the Posy Bouquet that sits inside the Woven Basket we made last week.

With our collection of stems and small multi stemmed posies we begin by dismantle and rewire them into single stems. Moving foliage up and down the stems to create depth and contrast plus bulk to our design. Once all stems have been rewired and taped we put the posy bouquet back together again adding our own style and design.

Most of the multi stemmed posies have 5 stems = 5 main flowers, foliage and sometimes grasses - this is all up to your personal taste of colour and textures to choose from.
(some multi stemmed posies can have up to 12 stems - buy wisely)

Students need to bring:

2 multi stemmed posies of orange tulips
2 stems of orange zinnias
1 muliti stemmed posy of white daisies
1 multi stemmed posy of peach chrysanthemums
1 multi stemmed posy of white chrysanthemums
1 stem of green pods
1 roll floral tape - paper molding tape preferred
18 gauge floral wire
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Term 1 - Week 4:

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Weaving Real Flax Lily Flowers

Many of the students enjoyed the weaving so much they asked to add a new project to the program. I was able to show them 2 simple floral designs using real flax. 1st. was the common flax flower and the second was a flax lily, pictured. Now they wanted to know how they could use them in an arrangement or bouquet.

Using the real lily flax flowers and silk rose blooms I created this Trailing Wedding Bouquet. Demonstrating how to place the flax lily flowers in a central design with the white silk roses nestling deep in the heart of the design trailing downwards to the wispy trails of the flax below.

It is best making the flax Lily flowers several days in advance - this helps with the drying of the flax and any moister staining the silk flowers.

Students need to bring:

7 straps of real flax
9 stems of silk roses - colour or variety – student’s choice
1 roll floral tape - paper molding tape preferred
floral wire
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Term 1 - Week 5:

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Tropical Design on Bamboo Stand

This weeks project falls into 2 parts
1st. is the construction of the Bamboo Stand that supports the Tropical design
2nd. is the floral design it's self.

Pictured is the bamboo stand used - the stems are plastic coated and have several artificial bamboo leaf stems added to the front 2 stems. The third stem has no bamboo leaf stems added.

1st. erect the bamboo stand - drill all bamboo stems at the same height required - with hacksaw cut excess bamboo off stem with no leaves - this excess becomes your cross bar at base of design - use plastic cable ties to hold in place. Cut oasis block in half and attach one half on the lower cross piece with 2 plastic cable ties. Place the other half of the oasis on a thick skewer and feed into the 3rd. hollow bamboo stem. If one of the knuckles of the bamboo is preventing this use the hammer and screwdriver to pierce through it. Once you have the Bamboo stand and Oasis in place you can start your floral arrangement.

Tools needed:

Stanely Knife

Students need to bring:

2 bamboo stems
1 bamboo stem
9 red anthiriums
1 stem large dahlia (3 blooms per stem)
5 birds net fern stems
5 ladder fern stems
2 stems green cymbidium orchids
5 stems cycad palm leaf
2 large maranta leaves
5 deep green boston fern leaves
1 bunch green trailing sphagnum
5 black thick plastic cable ties
1 block dry oasis
1 thick bamboo skewer
thin bamboo skewers
1 roll floral tape - paper molding tape preferred
floral wire
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Term 1 - Week 6:


Real Touch (Foam) Frangipani Posy Bouquet

This weeks project in using Tropical Real Touch (foam) artificial flowers.
These are available everywhere these days - markets, $2 shops etc. but not alot of people know what to do with them other than just wearing them in their hair.

But by placing them on wire stems and adding interest to them like pearls, diamantes I have made been able to make several designs of Wedding Posy Bouquets.
Here is just one of those designs.

Students need to bring:

12 large frangipani blooms - colour or variety – student’s choice
36 small double frangipani blooms - colour or variety – student’s choice
1 roll floral tape - paper molding tape preferred
floral wire
12 large loose pearls
36 medium loose pearls
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Term 1 - Week 7:

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Vertical Grouping Design

This weeks vertical design focuses on groupings. Using a few selective flowers and contrasting textured foliage grouping the same items together can create an interesting arrangement. Dividing the arrangement into 5 sections i used flax, ferns, boxwood, ranunculus, dusty miller and a moss covered stone. Arranged in their groupings and staggered in height for tallest to shortest this arrangement is based in a complimentary coloured ceramic square pot.  .

Students need to bring:

7 different lengths of flax
5 different of ferns
a grouping of boxwood foliage
1 ranunculus - stem with 1 bud and 2 open blooms
1 moss covered rock
a grouping of dusty miller - silver foliage
1 stem of twisted willow or vine
3 larger leaves - added extra
1 ceramic pot - students choice
1 block dry oasis
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Term 1 - Week 8:

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Peach & White Rose front facing large Table Arrangement

The day before prepare the urn.
Wrap the cardboard around the long sides of the oasis - tape in place.
Insert oasis block wrapped in cardboard length ways in the plastic zip bag.
Fold excess plastic bag to the side and seal with tape - tape all folds flat.
Place water in urn and add plaster of paris - mix thoroughly and remove all lumps.
Insert plastic covered oasis into plaster, centre and weight with bricks.
After 5 to 10 minutes place twisted lengths of wire 1 on each side of oasis in the plaster.
Allow to dry - 24 hours - remove bricks. (weights)
pull oasis block out of plastic bag.
Then remove plastic bag from plaster.
Remove cardboard from oasis and insert into plaster cavity.
With 2 x 24 gauge wire tire oasis down using twisted wire loops.

The floral design is a front facing arrangement with a flat back. Place 1 ficus foliage stem flat up the back and cut the other 2 stems into 3 pieces and create a collar effect around the lip of the urn. Then place the lily buds as the points of the arrangement - height and width. Fill in with the larger more open lily blooms to make the main focus of the arrangement. Once in place use the white rose blooms to shape the whole design and then use the peach coloured roses to add contrast and interest to the design. Last add the eucalyptus. Use the bamboo skewers to add extra length to any stems that are to short to reach the oasis. When joining stems always use the paper floral moulding tape to secure the join.

Students need to bring:

9 long stem peach coloured roses - colour or variety – student’s choice
9 long stem white coloured roses - colour or variety – student’s choice
3 stems of white lilies - each stem to have 2 blooms and 1 bud - colour or variety – student’s choice
3 stems of ficus tree green foliage - colour or variety – student’s choice
3 stems of eucalyptus leaf foliage
12 large bamboo skewers (green if possible)
1 roll of paper floral tape
selection of floral wire - 18, 24 gauge
1 litre clean water
2 kg plaster of paris
1 urn (small to medium)
1 large plastic zip bag (large enough for the block of oasis to fit in)
length of cardboard (enough to surround the block of oasis)
1 box dry oasis (the grey one)
4 lengths or wire (bend in half and twist several times - bend ends out side ways
2 bricks (to be used as weights to hold oasis in plaster - or substitute weights)
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Term 2 - Out on the Table

About us

dale-john 01-100x66 Dale Harvey and John Newton met in Melbourne Aust. in 1981. Since then they both men have supported each others careers while also building and maintaining their own. Read about how they were able to turn their joint careers into one and creating a dream of a better world starting in their own local community.

Media & Publications

host daffodils-100x66The following articles are a small part of the many published editorials on or about both Dale Harvey and John Newton.

Plus the property affectionately nick named by the people of New Zealand, as the
"Quarter Acre” Paradise gardens.

Awards & Credits

HOPE Trust-100x66This is a collection of Appreciation Certificates, Local and Overseas Awards with Acknowledgments presented to Dale Harvey and John Newton over the many years of their joint careers.
Plus the Launch and Registration
of The H.O.P.E. Trust
The Healing of Planet Earth.

Contact Us

Quarter Acrea Paradise
23 Vine Street
Mangere East 2024
Auckland New Zealand

Text: 0274720700
Tel: +61 9 276 4827
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