Flower pressing was a popular hobby during the Victorian era, as a means of capturing the loveliness of a particular season and preserving it for years to come. Flowers with particular resonance were also pressed as keepsakes of special moments, and it’s not unusual for old books — bibles, music tomes or volumes of romantic verse maybe — to fall open at a page where once a flower was placed. These floral treasures may be faded and fragile, but they are redolent of a nostalgic beauty that age can never dull. Pressed flowers, leaves and grasses, are also used for craft projects such as greetings cards, bookmarks or pictures, all created by first arranging the flowers onto paper, silk, cotton or linen before gluing each into position.
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