Monday, September 30, 2013

FALLING FOR FLOWERS

Whether you pick flowers in your garden or you create flowers because you enjoy crafting, autumn is a great time to select, arrange and display wonderful fall floral designs. The Monrovia Library has many books to get you started.

A terrific new book by Judith Blacklock called Flower Arranging: The Complete Guide for Beginners offers step-by-step instructions and color how-to photos on how to select and arrange flowers. Even those who pick their flowers at farmers markets will learn how to choose flowers that look lavish and last in vases. Novices and those with experience will be inspired by Blacklock’s suggestions. 

If your floral cup of tea leans to simple designs or you grow more leaves than flowers, try Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arranging) Simplified by Olive Scofield Bowes. Learn how to make formal and informal arrangements using the principles of Japanese design. 

And, what is more traditional for fall foliage than a wreath? Wreaths: Techniques and Materials, Step-By-Step Projects, Creative Ideas for the Year Round by Richard Kollath shows how to make a round backing and how to decorate it with dried flowers, ribbons and other craft items. Whether you like simple or opulent wreaths, this book will get you started. 

For crafters who love flowers there are two fabulous newer books to help you realize your dreams of picture perfect floral arrangements. Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations is an absolute winner of a craft book. Arranged by holiday, including the autumn ones we love, there are simple and more complicated ideas that come with step-by-step written and photo instructions. 

Paper to Petal: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell reimagines making paper flowers by offering original ideas, instructions and templates. Whether you want to make a centerpiece, a bouquet for your desk or a flower to wear on a favorite dress, this wonderful book will get you started. And, these two beautiful craft books are worthy of just browsing if you are a couch crafter who enjoys just looking.

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