Wreath making season has started and it’s time to invest in super strong hand cream as hands get some hammer!  Twisting, weaving, wiring and wiggling all take their toll but despite all that, I can’t wear gloves.  Somehow, you just don’t get the same dexterity and connection with your materials when separated from them by a pair of thick gardening gloves.  So… bring on the scratchy stuff and take a deep breath!

Fresh Christmas Wreaths made to order by Tuckshop Flowers, Birmingham UK
Christmas 2015

I do draw the line at working with lots of holly though.  I find that a good mixture of green foliages is the thing you need to bring a wreath to life with texture and form; blue furry spruce, flowing curves of conifer and nuggets of ivy flowers all make me happy enough to overlook the state of my digits.

Last night I ran a wreath making workshop for a group of friends who had decided that getting creative was a great way to come together and catch up before Christmas, and they all left clutching some stunning wreaths – all very different, and all very lovely! Some participants  were quite taken aback by the fact that they’d created something so gorgeous, having started the evening saying

“I’m no good at crafty things” or

“I’m not very artistic”.

Given a pair of snips, a mossy base, a whole heap of different foliages and sundries ranging from robins, scandi-style wooden Christmas ornaments, sprouts and pine cones, even the most reluctant and inexperienced apprentice florist was soon well on the way to making something lovely.  I’d be happy to hang any of their creations on my own door!


If you’d like to try your hand at making a Christmas wreath this year, I’ve just added an extra workshop date, by popular demand on Wednesday December 16th from 7.00-9.30pm.  To book, please email me to reserve a place.


Winter hands

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