As we tried to get the hang of it, I thought of using these lively materials for a judges’ exhibition class in “Shall We Dance”, a GCA flower show produced in October by the Rusticus Garden Club. The class was titled “Jitterbug”!
The long wire is covered by straws. At the workshop, we used colorful plastic straws from IKEA. The Rusticus Flower Show had strong black, white and red graphics. I searched for black and white straws online and found these paper ones on www.amazon.com. It is easiest to bend them all first.
Straws, lots and lots of straws….the wire form is very pliable and can be bent into interesting lines. Once one section is stapled, I begin to think of the final shapes and their relationship. The ‘stem’ end of the Y slides into dry foam or Oasis in a container.
Two black ceramic containers from Target (11”H & 9”H, available online) suggest two dance partners. These hold two wire structures, with red satin ribbon winding in and out of the straws over which are lengths of white dendrobium orchid ‘leis’ strung on red wire. Be sure the orchids are well hydrated so they will last. I had mix results.
There are many wonderful decorative straws online which will create lots of jaunty ideas. Coincidentally, the Rusticus GC’s judges’ lunch used the same straws in red and white! Wouldn’t they be fun in a Christmas wreath, like striped candy canes.