tributes in Europe are often expressed with wreaths. Wreaths symbolize
the circle of life, and offer a sense of eternity as well as completion.
The Profil design team brings their sense of contemporary style to this
ancient form of tribute. The
results are beautiful expressions of the
joy of life and honor for the departed.
The book begins with application of color as a means of conveying
White becomes the vessel of unity as well as purity. Purple not
only connects in faith, it prepares for coming glory. Each color is
illustrated with a beautiful arrangement.
Sometimes a large wreath is just too much. Smaller wreaths are
given special treatment because they convey a more personal message for
A large portion of the book is given to wreaths using seasonally
available flowers. A surprisingly diverse section, these lovely,
colorful arrangements could be used to commemorate a birth month, the
favorite flower of the deceased, or just an expression of the bounty of
The team pauses here to show you various ways to attach tribute
ribbons to wreaths. These instructions can also apply to
any type of
large ribbon used as a design feature.
When a wreath is too big, but a bouquet is too small, a bound
floral arrangement may be just right. These stand alone pieces are
unique forms of casket sprays or arrangements with natural bases like
leaves or bark instead of a vase or container. These can be mounds of
flowers, flowers bound into shapes like teardrops, hearts or crosses, or
upright arrangements that resemble flowers in their natural settings.
The last chapter featuring new arrangements focuses on
personal floral gifts, for family,
attendees, or the gravesite. These small but powerful tributes convey
emotion on a truly personal level, and consist of single bloom
treatments or arrangements small enough to fit in one hand.
Finally, the book includes an index which covers the diverse floral materials used. Written in
German and English, all materials are identified by design and page
number, and any special tips for creation are included. Throughout the
book, special phrases and quotations are listed to personalize sympathy
cards or ribbons. This is a beautiful book that expresses the full
range of emotions experienced at a time of loss, and a wonderful
addition to any sympathy consultation library.
Table of contents:
4 Wreaths that
use symbolic colors
22 Small wreaths
40 Wreaths with seasonal flowers
90 Ribbons attached to wreaths created
with fixed bases
94 Bound floral arrangements
108 Designing ribbons in floral arrangements
110 The creation of floral arrangements
120 Attaching cards stylishly and securely
122 Small personal gifts
148 Flowers and other components, materials and
tips for flower