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layered sheaves

Multisheaf wall or door décor artfully embraces any season.

Sheaves of bayou grass, cattails and rye are bundled into tiered layers to create this exquisite piece, which can hang on a wall or door any time of year but is particularly appropriate for the Thanksgiving holiday. Toward the base of this fabulous multisheaved hanging, a band of moss covers the outermost mechanics securing the tightly bundled rye. A ring of sand-daisy medallions tops the moss and creates the primary focal point in the design. The uppermost sheaves, comprising cattails and grasses decorated with a quartet of rare Lady Amherst pheasant feathers, composes a second focal point and draws visual attention from bottom to top. 

MATERIALS: sand daisies, rye, bayou grass, giant cattails, mood moss, reindeer moss and honeysuckle wire from Knud Nielsen Company; Lady Amherst pheasant feathers and hot glue from favorite suppliers.

Design by Paula DeClerk

Excerpted from Florists’ Review 101 Silk & Dried Designs with How-To Instructions. To order, call (800) 367-4708, or visit the Bookstore.


 
HOW TO 1:
Assemble grass into a fan-shaped bundle, and bind with
honeysuckle wire. Place
a cattail sheaf atop the grass,
and bind again. Lay rye atop
the sheaves, and bind it just
beneath the grain heads.
HOW TO 2:
Trim a 4-inch band of mood
moss, and hot-glue it around
the grouping of sheaves just
beneath the rye grains.
Hot-glue bits of reindeer moss
beneath the mood-moss band.
HOW TO 3:
Hot-glue sand daisies into the space between the grain heads and the top of the mood-moss band. Finish the design by tucking Lady Amherst pheasant feathers into the grasses.

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