Elegant handcrafted wreaths Make faux flowers come alive with breathtaking, natural designs

Stephanie Petrak

Book - 2021

"Make your floral dreams come true with this stunning collection of handmade wreath projects. Lorraine's Cottage founder Stephanie Petrak will help you build each striking, florist-quality wreath stem by stem. Between springtime buds, summer blooms, fall foliage, and winter berries, there's a whimsical wreath for every occasion"--

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Salem, MA : Page Street Publishing Co 2021.
Main Author
Stephanie Petrak (author)
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
151 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Introduction
  • 1. Getting Ready to Create a Wreath
  • The Right Wreath Base
  • Selecting the Best Faux Florals
  • Tools Needed
  • Hanging Your Completed Design
  • 2. Wreath Design Foundational Techniques
  • Trimming Materials
  • Design Techniques
  • 3. From the Garden
  • The Wedgemere
  • A whimsical take on a classic herb wreath
  • The Piper
  • Striking anemones with soft dusty miller
  • The Adelaide
  • Shabby chic pink florals
  • The Eccleston
  • Extra-large floral statement wreath for large spaces
  • The Florio
  • Ombré pink color story florals
  • The Avondale
  • A bumper crop of dahlia blooms
  • The Aria
  • Neutral fall florals
  • The Blomfield
  • Sunflowers highlighted by purple greenery
  • 4. From the Woods
  • The Kinley
  • A mixture of ferns focused on shape and movement
  • The Penley
  • Soft, mossy greenery with purple florals
  • The Cecily
  • Free-flowing spring blooming branches and buds
  • The Sulina
  • Leafy fall foliage
  • The Hollycroft
  • Classic winter pine and berries
  • The Biscay
  • Nordic-inspired evergreen branches
  • 5. From the Field
  • The Ashby
  • A lovely mixture of lush greenery
  • The Hillside
  • Summer wildflowers
  • The Cottesworth
  • Fall berries and pods
  • The Havenridge
  • Everything twiggy, dried and dead for Halloween
  • The Gloucester
  • Colonial Williamsburg-inspired apple branches among magnolia leaves and berries
  • The Bramley
  • Abundant pumpkins and squash
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author
  • Index
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Petrak, founder of floral arrangement site Lorrain's Cottage, turns wreaths into year-round projects in her lovely debut. The wreaths showcase long-lasting artificial flowers, as they're "more forgiving when it comes to designing... all without water and the threat of them withering and shrinking," and Petrak includes advice for making them look as real as possible. First comes a list of necessary supplies (which includes wire cutters, a hot glue gun, and a base made of "intertwined grapevine branches"), followed by a chapter that covers techniques, including trimming and various methods of arranging. Those techniques are then put to use in instructions for making 20 different wreaths, which are broken up into three nature-inspired sections: "From the Garden," "From the Woods," and "From the Fields." Highlights include a sweet summery beginner's project, "The Florio," with its "hints of pink peonies"; the intermediate-level, Halloween-inspired "Havenridge"; and a more advanced entry, "The Kinley," a fern-bedecked wreath that works year-round. Each design is labeled by season and skill level, and step-by-step photos will help crafters along. Full of tips and tricks, this has everything budding flower arrangers need to get started. (Sept.)

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