Flower Duet Workshop – Arch Sprays

I had a wonderful opportunity on Sunday to take a workshop from the team of floral designer and educator sisters Flower Duet.  The focus was sprays for arches or easels – a type of arrangement of which I’ve never been 100% sure of all the mechanics, even though I knew those nifty caged foam blocks were somehow involved.   The class met in the duet’s new Torrance, California studio space, which is shared with a photographer.   I have to say I loved that it was on a Sunday afternoon.  I’ve taken a few workshops and classes around town now and I was so relaxed this time for not having come straight from work on a weeknight! 

These classes, like the classes I took from Sarinya Villanueva through West LA College, are a great value (they’re $75 per 2 hour workshop including all materials) and are geared towards serious DIY enthusiasts or those beginning to consider a career in floral design.  They’re much more practical than the champagne social type of classes at boutique floral studios, and are perfect for people who want to take a whole series and really get a comprehensive working knowledge of the craft, but who aren’t ready to drop everything and go to a professional certification program.   Flower Duet also offers private lessons and private group lessons in more of a party/social environment, as well as kids and adult programs through the Huntington Museum in Pasadena.

For this arrangement we used 7 stems of vendela roses, 5 stems of dendrobium orchids, 7 stems of purple stock, about 4 stems of spray carnations, and we filled in with variegated pittosporum and limonium.   Of course I’m conditioned to prefer arrangements with zero “filler” because that’s what you see in magazines these days, but that’s not really practical for all of your student work!  And I must say that I really liked the pittosporum – the variegated look combined with the purple in the arrangement almost looked like ornamental kale to me from a ways away. 

Here are some photos from the workshop, followed by pics of my finished product:

orchid vendela roses spray wedding diy flower design classes south bay los angeles torrance pittosporum dendrobium purple white green wedding arch candelabra

Our flowers sit in buckets ready for some action:

orchid vendela roses spray wedding diy flower design classes south bay los angeles torrance pittosporum dendrobium purple white green wedding arch candelabra

Teacher Kit’s sample arrangement for our reference:

orchid vendela roses spray wedding diy flower design classes south bay los angeles torrance pittosporum dendrobium purple white green wedding arch candelabra

Kit’s reconstruction of the sample, in stage 1:

orchid vendela roses spray wedding diy flower design classes south bay los angeles torrance pittosporum dendrobium purple white green wedding arch candelabra

orchid vendela roses spray wedding diy flower design classes south bay los angeles torrance pittosporum dendrobium purple white green wedding arch candelabra

Kit shows us how to affix the sprays to candelabras (more appropriate for weddings than the easels) – zip ties!:

orchid vendela roses spray wedding diy flower design classes south bay los angeles torrance pittosporum dendrobium purple white green wedding arch candelabra

My own arrangement, half complete and hung on an easel for reference:

orchid vendela roses spray wedding diy flower design classes south bay los angeles torrance pittosporum dendrobium purple white green wedding arch candelabra

My workstation:

orchid vendela roses spray wedding diy flower design classes south bay los angeles torrance pittosporum dendrobium purple white green wedding arch candelabra

My spray, almost complete – hung on the easel again for finishing touches:

orchid vendela roses spray wedding diy flower design classes south bay los angeles torrance pittosporum dendrobium purple white green wedding arch candelabra

My spray at home, hung over the fireplace.  I kind of loved this placement! Such a great pop of color in the home.  I could get used to having a large colorful fresh floral spray here at home all the time!

orchid vendela roses spray wedding diy flower design classes south bay los angeles torrance pittosporum dendrobium purple white green wedding arch candelabra

orchid vendela roses spray wedding diy flower design classes south bay los angeles torrance pittosporum dendrobium purple white green wedding arch candelabra

orchid vendela roses spray wedding diy flower design classes south bay los angeles torrance pittosporum dendrobium purple white green wedding arch candelabra

orchid vendela roses spray wedding diy flower design classes south bay los angeles torrance pittosporum dendrobium purple white green wedding arch candelabra

September 7, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Jess D. - This is gorgeous – but I am dying to know how you actually hung the foam box onto your fireplace ???

September 7, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Kate - The foam cages you use have mounting holes in the back and I just hang things on our fireplace (paintings, stockings, etc) by wedging a long nail in between the stones – it would be hit or miss otherwise, it’s not really an official way to mount something there but there are stones with a gap just the right size for nail wedging in the middle on ours! : )

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