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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fabric Flowers... as usual ;) NOW WITH A TUTORIAL on: July 26, 2011 01:13:36 PM
It's been some time since I discovered Kanzashi. Today I've tried to search for the site where I saw a really nice tutorial for the pointed Kanzashi, but I couldn't find it. Instead I've found a lot of other tutorials, which however show a different way of making this pointed petals flowers. Maybe they are better, but more difficult to me too. You can check out this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qklBs138xtk

and this site shows practically the way I make them:

http://bellflowercostuming.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/kanzashii-and-a-modern-empire-dress/

Basically, it's a square that is folded diagonally in two, which will give you a triangle. Then that triangle is also folded in two and fixed with thread.
Hope this will help  Wink
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fabric Flowers... as usual ;) NOW WITH A TUTORIAL on: July 25, 2011 01:59:52 PM
I discovered Kanzashi flowers over the internet, just the basics. But now I simply like to add something really mine to the design, so I just experiment, like inserting a different color fabric into the petal:



or combining various fabrics types



What can I say - I love fabric flowers!
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fabric Flowers... as usual ;) NOW WITH A TUTORIAL on: July 24, 2011 12:33:27 PM
Thank you guys so much!
I'm planning to make some white and black flowers of that style, but I haven't got organza of those colors yet. I'll be sure to show you the pics when I find the fabrics.

Ivanna
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Learning to Solder - Pendants and Earrings on: July 24, 2011 12:07:29 PM
Beautiful work! I love the earrings most, but the pendants are also great!
I'm always attracted by silver wire, but have no idea how to solder and have no tools for that. I have 21g half hard wire and I wanted to try simply bending it in the shape of a free form flower to make a pendant, but I think it's too soft for that. Perhaps I should use thicker wire or hard maybe? What would you recommend?
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Here Comes The Bride - Freshwater Pearl and Sterling Tree of Life Pendant on: July 24, 2011 11:52:31 AM
Exceptionally beautiful! Love your works  Wink
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fabric Flowers... as usual ;) NOW WITH A TUTORIAL on: July 23, 2011 03:18:52 PM
Thank you! I'm happy you liked it! I'll be happy to see your flowers. They can make great hair accessories, but my mom prefers to use my flowers as brooches.
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fabric Flowers... as usual ;) on: July 23, 2011 04:15:53 AM
Hi,

I'm back with a little tutorial!

So, the materials:
- Organza fabric
- Either matching or contrasting seed beads
- Candle, matches
- Scissors, matching thread and needle

1. Cut off two stripes of organza 1 inch wide and 10 inches long each.


2. Then cut them into squares, the side of which will measure 1 inch. You will need 20 pieces.


3. The petals of the flower are roundish, so we should cut the corners of the squares to make them more or less round. As this is kinda free form flower, I dont really try to make the petals all absolutely similar and perfectly round.


4. Now singe the edges of organza pieces. All the petals are ready.


5. The way we assemble the petals will define the looks of the flower. Here is how to make it fast and easy: place all the petals on the table in two layers; the upper layer should be placed on the junction of the bottom layer petals, like on the photo.


6. Gather the petals on the thread just the way they lay on the table.


7. Now just pull all the petals towards the thread end where the knot is made.


8. Then fix that bundle of petals with the thread.


9. To finish the flower, sew as many beads as you want at the base of the flower between the petals.


10. The flower is ready. And it shines so nice in the sun!


Hope it turned out understandable!
It is also at my blog with some more pics.

Thanks for watching!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flowy dresses on: July 21, 2011 09:44:39 AM
You look sunning! You just inspired me to make the same dress for myself, I just have to find the scarves with a nice pattern.
Wonderful job!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dhoti Pants AKA Cowl Pants on: July 21, 2011 09:36:27 AM
Your pants are just awesome! They look great on!
I love sewing pants for myself, but I'm not sure if I can make the ones of this style. They seem quite difficult to make.

Anyway, you did a great job!
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fabric Flowers... as usual ;) on: July 21, 2011 09:27:29 AM
Thank you so much for your kind words!

The yellow flowers are really easy to make. I actually kinda played with fabrics before they turned out like this. I didn't use any tutorial, but I'll gladly take some pics of how to make these flowers and post them here. So, I'll be back in a day, I guess!

Have fun!
Ivanna
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