Jute twine is the natural choice for dried flowers
If you’ve made a hand-tied bouquet, sometimes a length of understated natural brown twine is all you need. The two images below are from the archive – the first is a Christmas arrangement I made a few years ago with dried roses, dyed lagurus and natural grasses; the second is a cluster of spring posies I tied using pale pink clover, caspia and some more dried grasses. I particularly enjoy informal bouquets because the relaxed nature of the arrangement means you can let the flowers do their own thing. The simple addition of a little string or twine doesn’t draw attention to itself.
Jute is a natural twine made in the UK for centuries and has been popular with gardeners over the years for tying back plants. With the advent of boho, country and wildflower bouquets, the use of twine in floristry has boomed. You can buy it in different thicknesses depending on your project. The most common one is 3-ply and is shown in all the images above. But you can also find single ply for delicate jobs such as buttonholes, or extra thick twine which we use in the workshop for tying lavender sheaves.
Coloured jute twine
Why stick to brown when there are so many other colours available? The image at the very top of the page shows tiny posies tied with a deep teal shade of jute twine.
If not twine then…
Well you’ve got to tie your bouquet with something! Of course for more formal occasions such as certain wedding bouquets, a wide satin ribbon is just the thing. But why not try string, natural raffia, or re-use ribbon from around the house? I have a little collection of ribbons I’ve kept from gift wrapping, clothing and birthday cakes!
Learn to tie a bow
If your bows are a bit unpredictable, there’s a particular way of doing that gives good results every time. See my blog post about making a DIY bouquet for the method.
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