365 Days of Ikebana-Day 66

Every day presents a challenge in getting an arrangement done, some days I am pretty worn out and I am afraid of hitting the wall. Despite the fact that I have had one of those long days I still did it. It’s due to the success of developing a daily habit of creating, and that was my ultimate goal (and I hope to keep at it). This ikebana is done without a kenzan, using the flowers to form a standing arrangement. The crocosmia pods were perfect for this as they have nice long, light branches that can almost be woven together to form the standing bouquet. I added a few rover chrysanthemums to finish the design, the colors of fall standing tall.

  4 comments for “365 Days of Ikebana-Day 66

  1. Margo MacFarlane
    September 26, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Keith…
    I just discovered ikebana and it intrigued me. Then I discovered this website and I am beside myself with the beauty of this. They say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks but I am so interested in learning this art form. I live in the Niagara region of Canada so I figured the odds of finding a class or even just buy an arrangement would be impossible. I googled ikebana niagara and a site popped up. Ikebananiagara.com or .ca whatever. Iam stunned. It appears a master who teaches classes lives 20 minutes away. This must be kismet. Thank you so much for inspiring me.
    Margo

  2. Keith
    September 27, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Congratulations Margo for finding someone so close to you! It was meant to be!

  3. karin popkin
    November 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Hi, again

    Can you tell me how you got this plant material to “stick” without a kenzon? Is it like leaning straws against each other to make a tower? or did you bend the stems and lodge them along the inner sides?
    I love this!

  4. Keith
    November 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Basically I find ways to use the branches against each other for support, You should find ways to connect the pieces and create enough tension to make the structure support itself. The crocosmia stems have some natural forks at het top which helps a lot! Just practice using some branches in a suiban to get the feel for it.

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