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As long as there have been celebrations, there have been wreaths. Sitting under a shady tree on a summer's afternoon, a young miss in Shakespeare's day would wind halos of daisies (then known as day's ease) into garlands for friends' birthdays. Victorian brides, fluent in the "language" of flowers, decked pews with wreaths of rosemary hoping to ensure marital fidelity.
Until the advent of hot glue guns and Styrofoam bases, wreaths were made entirely by hand, with straw, twigs, flowers, and other natural materials twisted into circles, then fastened with strings, vines, and rope. Even though wreath-making is an ancient tradition, fortunately for the present-day wreath-maker several modern conveniences exist.
This chapter addresses the technical aspects of wreath-making. It's not a complicated process; in fact, there are only three basic elements -- the base, the material and the means of attachment. Included here is advice on how to assemble wreaths, how to hang them, and how to care for them. In addition, this chapter has tips on drying, preserving, and pressing, and flowers and herbs so that you can build up an inventory of materials.
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