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Topic: Brain Twisting Stamens - No peeking, nabi! SOLVED - with great collaboration!  (Read 2020 times)
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« on: March 28, 2006 05:45:57 PM »

I don't know what topic to put this in because I don't know how I'm going to make it...

I've been twisting my brain trying to come up with ideas for teeny tiny stamens for the fabric flowers I'm making for a swap. My partner likes asian things, wanted a tote bag, and seems to like flowers (from the fabrics she showed me) so I'm embroidering a cherry blossom applique branch onto the tote. The embroidery is done and all the petals are made for the flowers but I can't seem to find anything that will work for the stamens (the little stalks in the middle of a flower with the pollen on the tips).

The flowers are made out of a polyester "satin" type fabric and are about 2-3 cm wide (an inch to an inch and a half). Nothing I have thought of will fit in this scale. The only idea I have that might work is somehow knotting or braiding strands of thread with a seed bead on the end. Cherry blossoms have a lot of stamens so I'd hate for them to get twisted together during use.

Does anyone have any better ideas? Or suggestions on how to try the thread idea?

Here it is with one of the stamenless flowers (I'm still adding the flowers, hence some unfinished looking embroidery edges that will be covered, plus this is my first attempt at this)

The color is very washed out but you get the idea. The stamens are going to be a raspberry color, hopefully.

I would really appreciate any thoughts on this. I've been brainstorming this for a few weeks and am now going in circles. I've got craftsters block.

Also, I'm still working on perfecting my flower buds so any ideas there would be appreciated as well. the ones I have are ok, but I'd love to try a new idea.
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2006 06:31:10 PM »

Oh! Oh! Eureka! How about that clear plastic monofiliment stuff? With a bead on the end. It's kind of stiff so it won't droop or get twisted up, as long as your bead isn't too heavy.

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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2006 07:11:51 PM »

Oh! That would be great- perfect! Thanks jshires, I have some clear stuff but would like it to be some shade of pink/raspberry, has anyone seen colored stuff?

Ooh - just thought of this - In lieu of that I can dye it since it is nylon! if only I knew where it was after the move...

Thank you - Thank you! This is the perfect thickness and stiffness.

I can't believe i didn't think of this before

I'm still open to other ideas, so bring them on - but this is great!

« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2006 05:53:55 PM »

Thanks again - I dyed some as soon as I got home from work tonight and it turned out great!

Hooray for late night brainstorming.

Here are the results -

« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2006 06:00:38 PM »

I just love the usual problems and clever solutions one finds on craftster. Your combined solution is brilliant.  Cheesy Can we see the finished product?

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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2006 06:18:23 PM »

I just love the usual problems and clever solutions one finds on craftster. Your combined solution is brilliant.  Cheesy Can we see the finished product?

Sure, I'll post it here after I finish. Do you want me to PM you minouette?

And totally agreed - awesome brainstorming. I love craftster, and this is a great example of collective brainpower, something I'm a huge fan of. It's a tribute to you that you also see the beauty in this, and wanted to comment. So, thanks.

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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2006 06:38:35 PM »

oh, and I found out you could dye nylon in the yarn dyeing thread here - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4268.30 it's post #30 on page 4.

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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2006 01:14:31 PM »

Oh, that was supposed to read "unusual problems" above. It's not everyday that someone asks how to make coloured stamens! I'd like to see the nylon as a stamen- the finished blossom. Posting here is fine (or a link to the swap gallery)... I'll see it. Thanks Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2006 08:06:03 PM »

OK - here are the results -

The color is a little off but you can see the stamens

And the bag looks like this:
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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2006 08:36:09 PM »

Those look so good!  I am so jealous!

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