Creative Bliss

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Kanzashi Flowers...

Happy Thursday to you! I've had to wait a week to try this and I've been so antsy! A couple of months ago I saw, on a blog somewhere of course this really neat looking flower. I was instantly smitten. I discovered there was a somewhat newly published book called Kanzashi in Bloom by Diane Gilleland. I tried to find it in the library, but none of them had it. A week or so ago, I found it, in stock, at Barnes and Noble. (I know I could have ordered it online, but I was too impatient to wait for it to show up...plus, I like to try to look through a book first before I order it, just in case). I snatched it up. I was all set to try it out last week, but then Jessica got sick and wanted me right by her while she rested. Today I finally got a chance to play and look what I made! I am so tickled!


I found some links online by Googling Kanzashi flowers, which led me to a few tutorials. I found one this morning and since it's on the web, I think it's okay to post it here. This is from the book. I like the book because there are some pretty neat projects in there to inspire you, so I really think it is worth it (if you like this flower) to pick up a copy for yourself. The first flower is made with 3 inch fabric squares, the size recommended to start with. The next flower is made with  2 1/4 inch squares and the smallest flower is roughly an inch or 1 1/4 square (I trimmed it before folding and didn't measure again. You can pick up Fat Quarter fabrics at Joann's for a decent price and you can definitely create several flowers from one piece. I want to buy lots of fabric now. LOL









Here's another link for you that I found that has a video if you are interested. I can see making these to add to cards (when I get back to card making). It's not hard and it's definitely fun.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great day. Now, I must get back to knitting Jessica's project.
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7 comments:

Sparkle said...

These are darling! I'm scared to even attempt this, lol.

Jena said...

Those are just darling! I have a bunch of fabric that really should get used - maybe I'll try some of these - TFS!

Sarah said...

Jeanne!!! these are just stunning! Maybe I could actually make a flower finally without having to have you mail them to me ;0)
LOVE these!!!

Kathi Carlson said...

These flowers are so cute! I LOVE them! They'd be great on cards or decorative pillows or handmade totes/bags, etc. Lots of things! I so want to get back into some type of fabric crafting. Maybe after the holidays and after I've completed the Serenity course... Get my house in order and start something new! A girl can dream. LOL.

Jen said...

those are way cute, thanks for the link!

Kim Burmeister said...

Jeanne, as you can see I am catching up on my blog reading.

THESE are FABULOUS! I love the color you choose. Wow! Magnificent!

I hope Jessica is feeling better.

Jackie said...

ok...these are seriously too cute...is the rest of the book worth purchasing cuz the one that the link showed and the video are great!