Meeting Schedule

December 2023

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

In-person Workshop

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church

23925 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 

(see map below)

Morning Workshop  10:00 a.m.

Using Birch Branches

Liz Larwa, Ichiyo Associate Master 


Have you noticed that birch branches are showing up a lot this year in holiday displays? I don’t ever remember them being this prevalent. Maybe it is because I have been planning this workshop since last March when my neighbor’s birch tree came down, and I scavenged lots of the branches! 


Join me as we explore ways to use them in centerpieces. Each attendee will receive two birch sticks (free!) about 1 inch in diameter and anywhere from 1.5 to 2 ft. long. I will be teaching both symmetrical and asymmetrical centerpieces using low containers. The containers can be any shape or size (not too small) as long as they are low. Think about what you want on your holiday table. I will bring clippers and my mini chainsaw if you want your branches shortened.


Alternative: If you are feeling dramatic and adventurous and want to break away from the low arrangement, you may bring a taller container and try something a bit different on your own. The container can be freestyle, nageire, or something holiday-ish. But be sure to think about mechanics you might need to help secure the branches, such as wire, skewers, floral tape, chicken wire, etc. Floral materials in red, white, and/or green: evergreen branches of any kind, poinsettia, large mums, large carnations, campanula, lilies, roses, and small spray carnations, winterberry, hypericum.

Please Bring:


As an added bonus, I have been able to acquire mizuhiki in white, gold, and red that you can purchase to add to your arrangements. I will be selling bundles of 50 strands for $5.00 a bundle.

NOTE TO ALL:

Before the pandemic began, our Detroit Chapter instituted a $5.00 per person per month fee to help offset costs for our venue. We  have restarted this again as we meet in-person. To add to this, we will have a door prize each month, so, as you pay, you will receive a ticket for a chance to win an ikebana related item.

Afternoon Potluck Lunch

End of the year Party

Our Chapter will have a Potluck Lunch to Celebrate!  Please bring a dish to pass.  Anything goes! 

Bring your favorite dish to share and serving utensils, if needed. Eating utensils will be provided. Electrical outlets are available for hot food containers.

Make sure your name is on all belongings so they can find their way back to you, if left behind.

NOTE TO ALL:

Before the pandemic began, our Detroit Chapter instituted a $5.00 per person per month fee to help offset costs for our venue. We  have restarted this again as we meet in-person. To add to this, we will have a door prize each month, so, as you pay, you will receive a ticket for a chance to win an ikebana related item.

If you are interested in attending any of the meetings, or for any questions,

please contact us at ikebana.detroit@gmail.com

Schedule is subject to change.