Following on from the simple tied buttonhole, here's this weeks tutorial - a wired buttonhole. These buttonholes are a good starting point to wired wedding work and once practiced a bit, will lead naturally onto corsages and hair flowers. They can be fiddly and I've tried to show you how to tape using fame-by-frame shots, however, if you're struggling a bit have a look on YouTube, I've downloaded a couple of short clips showing you how to wire and tape. The link is http://www.youtube.com/CampbellsFlowers
When I first set up Campbell's Flowers, it was always my intention to use my teaching experience and post regular tutorials, at the time, I naturally thought it would be best to start with the easier designs first. But then I thought that if you miss a couple, or if you've already had a bit of floristry experience, it might be good to 'grade' each one, so you can dip in and out as you wish. The categories I've chosen are Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced - let me know if you think they are accurately graded (or indeed easy/difficult to follow!).
Anyway, for a simple wired Buttonhole, here's what you will need:-
.21 silver floristry wires
.46 green floristry wires
.71 green floristry wires
parafilm floristry tape
Flower material of your choice, I've used:
2x buds of Eustoma (lisianthus) piccolo pink
A small sprig of Tree fern
1 x medium Ivy leaf
Push the hair pins into each of the sepals to secure the rose. Even if you are using a open 'blown' rose, this is good practice as it stops the flower from shattering and losing all its petals.
Cut the rose stem at an acute angle and gentle push a green .71 wire into the stem, until you feel resistance. Don't push to hard or far, or the wire will pop out of the top of the rose! Next, using a silver .21 wire, push this downwards to meet your vertical green wire and stem.