Botanical Shoe decorated with Spring Flowers

Stiletto covered with satin pathos foliage and decorated with small succulents, enkianthus, muscari, brodiaea, hellebore, sea star fern and texture.

botanical shoe; Francoise Weeks

botanical shoe - detail ; Francoise Weeks

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Botanical Necklace & Ring

Last week I received a message from a lady in Delaware; she had seen the pictures of the botanical dress and necklace that I had posted a few days earlier. I was delighted to craft a necklace and ring for her; both are made with a variety of small succulents and seasonal textures.

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Art Beat Video


Video: How to Make a Woodland Bouquet

Video made by Joni Photo


Video for Mexico Workshop on February 26 & 27


Announcing the 2015 Workshop Schedule

It was a total leap  of faith when less than two years ago I finally had the courage to take the workshops on the road. For a long time many encouraged me to do so, but  there were so many unknowns that held me back: Who would host the workshops? How would I be ensured that all the product I needed would be available? What would be the best way to market them… Not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine what this decision would lead to. This past year I have had the good fortune to teach from California to New York and from Texas to Michigan. In June Holly Chapple and I co-taught in Sydney, Australia and in October I went to Hawaii for the first time.

I wanted to extend a huge thank you to all of you who hosted the classes: Florabundance, Brooke HowsleyHolly Chapple, Alexandra Jusino, Trisha MalysStudio ChooMichelle Van Eimeren, Susan McLeary and Lisa Giamoyris Almeida – you all  were so incredibly helpful and made teaching a workshop at your conference or  in your studio a memorable experience.  I met so many talented students and had the opportunity  to visit quite a few flower markets and flower farms. In Australia and Hawaii I was delighted to discover many flowers and plants that I never had seen before.

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workshop in Sydney – photo: Jonathan Dear

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Botanical Purse

boanical purse 1, Francoise Weeks

Joni Photo

materials to make base of purse, Francoise Weeks

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Wedding/Event Workshop in the Studio on January 19, 20 & 21

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photos: Jamie Bosworth

Interested in learning different styles of bridal bouquets? Learn the mechanics behind woodland bouquets and other styles. Join us for the wedding workshop in my studio in Portland, OR .

Be inspired by many different techniques and tricks to make bouquets, ceremony and reception flowers that are ‘out-of-the-box’!

This Wedding/Event Workshop is intensive and inspiring, providing insights and techniques developed over many years of European floral design. Classes begin with a lecture and presentation, where your input and questions are welcomed.

After a demonstration of floral techniques and mechanics, you will design your own pieces. You will hone your artistic talents, and will be encouraged to listen to your intuition and further your own vision. Classes are limited to five students to ensure valuable individual attention.

Dates: Monday January 19, Tuesday January 20 & Wednesday January 21

Time: 9:30am til 4:30pm (1 hour lunch break)

Where: At Françoise’s Studio

Cost: $1,000 – A 50% deposit is requested to reserve your space; the balance is due January 5.

For more information or to pay via paypal, please call 503-236-5829 or visit my website

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Botanical Dress and Necklace for the Holidays

When Monica Mayer, owner of Divine Designs Bridal Boutique, commented a week ago that she would like a botanical dress for the window in her shop, I immediately contacted her.

Making a dress had been on my wish list for quite a while and this was the perfect opportunity to figure out the mechanics. I went to the shop and came home with the mannequin last Friday.

My friend Elizabeth, owner of Rose Hill Flower Farm, brought a variety of evergreens and some other treasures and I found lots of different mini cones and other woodland elements in the studio. Tiny succulents, myrtle and pepper berries added seasonal colors. Never have I used as many tubes of oasis glue for one project!

Thank you so much for capturing these images Ted Mishima!

botanical dress for Divine Design Boutique, detail 1, Francoise Weeks

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Woodland Bouquet and Hairpiece

When Portland Bride & Groom  Magazine contacted me last summer , I was thrilled that they invited me to make an all green bouquet and hairpiece for the Winter 2015 Issue.

Photographer Margaret Jacobsen took these lovely images.

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