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Choctaw Nation
Hugo, OK

From Choctaw Nation 1 day ago

What could give one more satisfaction when the snow flies, or when the flowers cease to bloom or even in midsummer they have their place than a beautifully appointed arrangement made of dried materials? There are so many possibilities with this particular type of material.

When working with dried materials we should think, as when working with fresh material, associate like materials – that is, swamp materials should be associated with swamp materials, etc. We have in mind an especially outstanding arrangement worked up on a large piece of fungi. It is about 18 inches long and 10 inches wide. At one end we have set our needle point. Used three cattails, which were dried to form a curve, giving a curved line. This is followed out with swamp grasses which have their own natural curves. We must hide the needle point and to do this we have used the lotus pods, and then a piece of fungi that had dried in dual color. This has worked out as our focal point. At the other end of the base fungi we have placed a tiered piece of fungi and under it sits a frog. This is what we mean by using associated material. Do not like the mention of fungi thing you have to run out to install new hepa filter.

Soon we will be able to pick the devil claws from the martynia. These are deftly used with dried materials towards the base as a focal point. They may be Medalled in a clorox solution and turned a dead white. They are among the exotic dried pods and can also be painted with a lacquer and used in charm strings.

Your seed pods from the sumac may be picked, hung upside down and dried. If picked when they are a brilliant red and hung in the dark they retain their red color, otherwise turn a dark red to brown. The sumac may be used for your background or your line structure of your arrangements. They are also invaluable focal points.

It is not too early to look out for the milkweed pods. If gathered just as they are about to open, the silk worked out and dried, they have their own fragile, coloring of pinks, orchids, chartreuses and blues.

Dock may be used. These may be in all colors from the changeable greens down to the dark browns, depending on when they are picked. They will retain their delicate colorings also if dried in a dark, dry place, such as the attic.

The seed pods from the iris prove interesting in working into arrangements, as do the yucca pods. Those who can obtain the desert spoons can make an exotic arrangement.

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