The one must-know technique you need when making a floraged bouquet...
BASIC tripod technique:
This is how you start a basic bouquet - with a tripod of clustered stems that you gather up in your hand to create the lovely splayed effect a bouquet has.
1) Using 3-5 stems of greenery or flowers (a cluster), lay them criss-cross on the table in front of you to form a tripod shape.
2) REPEAT this until you have 3 tripods laid out in front of you.
3) GRAB up the three tripods and lay them criss-cross on top of each other to form another, denser tripod shape.
4) PICK up the tripod - it should comfortably fill one hand . Give it a wee SHAKE to release it. You should see that the stems are spiralled out or twisted, NOT going straight up and down as you hold it.
TRAILY tripod technique:
A variation on the basic tripod technique, the traily tripod is used to create a droopy shape needed to make a hand-held trailing bouquet used in lovers' ceremonies:
1) Again, use 3-5 stems and lay them criss-cross on the table in front of you to form that tripod shape. One stem should be longer and traily,
the other two not. Repeat until you have 3 traily tripods in front of you.
2) GRAB up the three traily tripods and lay them criss-cross on top of each other to form another, denser tripod shape. Make sure all the traily bits line up in the same direction.
3) PICK up the traily tripod - it should have 9 tripods in it and fill your hand. Give it a SHAKE and wiggle the traily bits around so they look good.
You got this sussed!
Jill Titter - Florager | November 2022