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faycharlotte
« on: May 20, 2010 09:44:09 AM »

ok, so, somehow, I developed the idea that I wanted to make my wedding bouquet and my bridesmaid's bouquets (much to my mother's concern). Maybe it's to do with the fact we don't have much money, and flowers are expensive and don't last, and maybe it's just my creative side coming out.

So I did lots of internet researching for making flowers. Originally I thought paper flowers would be cool, but then I remembered that it always rains in Manchester, so they might end up dying quicker than real ones!

Then I found a tutorial for kanzashi flowers. I liked them and they weren't hard to make. I originally thought that I'd just add green gardening wire for the stems. That is until I found this website http://thegloss.com/fashion/your-green-wedding-fabric-bridal-bouquets/?utm_source=splendicity&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=b5hubs_migration and I was inspired.

This is a prototype... The flowers aren't stuck on yet, just balancing! I've got 10 flowers in this bouquet, which might be enough for one. I've made 50 flowers, and I have 5 bridesmaids, so I should probably make a few more.

Please let me know your thoughts and opinions, comments and concerns, worries and criticisms...!








UPDATE:

Some of you said to add different flowers. So I added some I'd made at the beginning when I was trying out flower designs. These ones, yes, are frayed, very frayed in fact, but I think it looks like stamen, like a lily or something. (If you want to know the tutorial let me know - my bookmarks are full of flower tutorials, might take me a while to find!). Do you think it looks better? Do you think it looks more "alive"?!

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2010 09:55:00 AM »

I like them - I think they are very pretty and you could use them to make a wreath out of later.
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2010 09:59:19 AM »

oooooh, very pretty! i think they need some greenery though! I used silk flowers in mine, and we got them at a wholesale place for about a 10th of the cost of real ones, and then a friend of mine made them into bouquets, boutonnieres (sp?) and corsages

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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2010 11:04:03 AM »

i'd add a little something to the center to finish them off a button or some seed beads?
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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2010 11:08:54 AM »

I think it is adorable and a great idea.
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2010 11:58:18 AM »

Super cute!  Love the flowers.  Consider using 2 or 3 different fabrics for the bouquet to add some depth.  Or change up the sizes of some of the flowers.  Great start! 
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2010 12:57:11 PM »

They are very pretty.  And I like the idea of filling them in with greenery or the like.
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2010 02:32:21 PM »

I also think they are great flowers.  The bouquet would look nice with some greenery
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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2010 09:43:16 PM »

hmm... thanks for your encouragement  Cheesy
Those of you suggested greenery, what would you suggest?
I was thinking of sewing on a button or bead, but then I thought maybe not. I can't decide! I'll perhaps experiment!
Thanks guys!
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2010 05:18:35 AM »

wow yours turned out so well. and you made 50! wow
i am slow when i make them as i learn off a japanese lady and its all hand sewn no glue technique.i wish i could make them faster lol do u have the tutorial you used on line link handy?
well i think mixing up the fabrics, a crystal centremight be nice or the button say a pearly one, and i th ink some leaves would look nice on the stems you have, i like the woody look. very clever
hope your wedding goes well.
do post a finished pic with the bridesmaids one day
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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2010 06:04:33 AM »

I really love the simplicity of them and the cute flowers. 
You could add to them, or you could keep them as they are.
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« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2010 06:58:55 AM »

Cute idea. My only concern is that the fabric flowers will fray (like in the picture.) I also like the idea of a pearly bead/button in the middle.

Congratulations!
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« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2010 07:08:14 AM »

cyndiq, I used this website http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/tsunami_kanzashi_flower_2 but I haven't used starch on them. They hold together really well and keep their shape. The more you do the quicker you get - I just cut out lots of squares at one time then got going. And I would make one when I had 5 minutes to spare, waiting for the bathroom or the hot water to heat!
I will definitely post a picture when I have one, but the wedding isn't until August!

sunshinekitty, they haven't actually frayed. There's just a thread hanging off each one from where I sewed it together ; I left it there in case I decide to sew on a button or bead.

I might experiment with using different sticks, to see if any are better, so they don't look so dead. I might try some long grass or something in between the flowers... hmmm  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2010 07:47:46 AM »

I just did a quick Google search and found this link
http://www.artdolls.info/how_to_make_a_fabric_leaf_1.html

You could do any shape leaves I think. I also like the idea of using buttons in the middle of the flowers!
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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2010 08:24:59 AM »

I think they need to have centers to help separate them for each other. Other than that...Awesome!
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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2010 04:42:45 PM »

This is a cute idea!
Here are my thoughts:
- I agree with adding a center
- I also agree with adding a little somethin'-somethin'. I don't know if it should be
greenery or some different fabrics/flower types. But it needs more "fluff", I think!
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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2010 07:21:33 PM »

Thanks for posting that tute.... I have seen these around blogs but never knew how to make them!
Good luck with the wedding!

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« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2010 07:35:55 PM »

i agree that you should put a button or bead in the middles.  you could even make some with two layers (like a smaller flower inside a bigger one).  this website has directions for pointy petals if you want more variety: http://gabriellepollacco.blogspot.com/2009/11/kanzashi-bloom-tutorial-fun-handmade.html  as for the greenery question, maybe you could make some "branches" out of thick wire and red glass beads?  i love the fabric you used, and i think it would look nice to add more red to it.
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« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2010 05:38:10 AM »

what do you think about it with the red flowers in it? Undecided
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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2010 07:05:46 AM »

what do you think about it with the red flowers in it? Undecided

In all honesty I like them better with just one colour of flowers, but it really is up to you, and if you like them with the brighter flowers added, go for it.
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« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2010 11:59:56 AM »

I really like the second batch very nice! could I get the tut for these if possible?
I think they would be more realistic if you had some greenery around then but kutos on the flowers!
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