patterns at play

Coordinating ribbons adorn this trio of fresh design options for a springtime wedding.

     Coordinating striped and plaid ribbons in a trio of spring hues add modern charm to a classic table setting. A mass of simple two-loop bows dresses up a princess basket filled with seasonal flowers, including fragrant hyacinths and Freesias, Viburnums, Hydrangeas, Lisianthuses and tulips. On a smaller scale, the same ribbons and flowers are featured in a ribbon-wrapped water tube atop each place setting as well as in monobotanical accompaniments, which make great party favors for guests following the reception.



MATERIALS:
tulips, hyacinths, Freesias, Viburnums, Hydrangeas, Lisianthuses, princess basket and pots from favorite suppliers; ribbon from Berwick Offray and Lion Ribbon Company; Flat White Colortool® Spray from Design Master Color Tool; Aquatube® water tube from Syndicate Sales.

HOW TO 1:
Wrap 11/2-inch-wide ribbon around the rim of a painted clay pot, and tie a knot. Cut inverted "V" patterns (a.k.a. dovetail or chevron cuts) into the ribbon ends.
HOW TO 2:
Lay a piece of ribbon along the bottom 1 inch or so of a water tube, parallel to the tube, then begin wrapping the ribbon upward around the tube in an overlapping spiral manner. Secure the ribbon at the top of the tube with hot glue. Cap the tube, and tie a two-loop "shoestring" bow around the cap with a separate piece of ribbon to finish.
HOW TO 3:
Tie an end of a 11/2-inch-wide ribbon into a knot at the base of one side of the basket handle, and tightly wrap the handle, overlapping the ribbon. Secure the ribbon with a knot at the base of the opposite side of the basket handle. Tie several lengths of coordinating patterns of 11/2-inch-wide ribbon into two-loop "shoestring" bows around both handle bases, positioning the bows close together to give the illusion of a single bow. Trim the ribbon ends with diagonal cuts.

These designs were excerpted from the book Ribbons and Flowers, which combines ribbons with flowers in 40 floral design projects for a variety of seasons and holidays, with easy-to-follow step-by-step how-to instructions. Softcover. 98 pages. $24.95.

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