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« on: July 24, 2009 06:50:12 PM »

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The following is an excerpt from the new craft book...

Kanzashi in Bloom: 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects to Wear and Give
by Diane Gilleland


Kanzashi tsumami is the Japanese art of folding delicate squares of silk into three-dimensional flower petals. In the United States, the online craft culture has sprouted a renewed interest in making Kanzashi with American crafters devising simplified ways to create these gorgeous fabric flowers and incorporating more user-friendly materials like cotton and synthetic fabrics along with the traditional silks.

Kanzashi in Bloom takes the American interpretation of Kanzashi a step further, presenting modern, more easily executed flower designs as elements in a variety of fun, fashionable, hip craft projects. Kanzashi in Bloom offers advice on materials, three petal-folding styles, and techniques for assembling a Kanzashi flower. Youll also find instructions for 20 projects to wear and give as gifts, including:

- Tiny blossom earrings
- Flowers-in-your-hair clips
- The happiest belt buckle ever
- Elegant floral gift topper

Handbag Candy

Kanzashi look so cute dangling from your handbag or tote!
This flower-charm is designed to be easy to move from bag to bag as the mood strikes you. It also makes use of a fantastic design technique you'll be learning here: layering two Kanzashi together to make one elaborate flower.

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Before You Begin
- Depending on the size and shape of your handbag, you may opt to shorten or lengthen the chain a little.

Skill Level

Best Petal Styles
Round, Pleated, Pointed

Best Number of Petals

Best Square Size
You can use any size you like, depending on the design of your flower. I've used 31/4" and 11/2" squares here.

Glues Needed
Hot glue, embellishment glue, fabric glue

Additional Supplies Needed
- Scrap of wool felt
- Two 24-gauge eye pins, at least 1" long
- Three 8-mm jump rings
- Small lobster clasp
- 3" medium-width link chain
- Sharp scissors
- Wire cutters
- Needle-nose pliers

Making a Layered Flower

1. Fold and assemble two flowers, using the Basic Instructions in Chapter 2. One should be at least 1" smaller in diameter than the other. Don't put any centers on them just yet.

2. Take the larger flower and gently adjust its shape so that its top surface is fl at. If your larger flower is made with Round petals, then you won't need to do this step; but Pointed or Pleated petals are taller at the center than at the ends, so they tend to be domed in the middle and require a little adjustment. Once you've completed this step, the back of your larger flower will be slightly dome-shaped.

3. Now that you have a fl at front surface on the larger flower, you can glue the smaller flower on top of it. Apply fabric glue to the center of the larger flower and gently press the smaller flower on top. Allow the glue to dry. Then use embellishment glue to add a center to your flower.

Making a Bauble

1. Using needle-nose pliers, carefully open a jump ring. String one of the eye pins onto it and close the jump ring. Do the same with the other eye pin and jump ring.

2. Cut a 2"-diameter circle from wool felt. Apply a thick ring of embellishment glue to the felt, keeping the glue about 1/4" from the edges. Position the two eye pins on the felt, as shown. The eyes should stick out just beyond the edge of the felt, and the bottoms of the pins should meet but not cross. You may need to trim your eye pins a little before you glue them to get them into this confi guration.

3. Press the felt to the back of the flower. Make sure that the eye pins and jump rings are positioned so that they are on either side of the topmost petal of your flower. Allow the glue to dry completely before proceeding.

4. Cut a 3" length of chain. Using needle-nose pliers, open a new jump ring. Thread the ring through the end link of the chain and then through the lobster clasp. Close the jump ring.

5. Reopen the left-hand jump ring that's attached to the back of the flower, thread it through the other end link of the chain, and reclose it.

6. To attach this bauble to a handbag, simply wrap the chain around one handle or strap and fasten the lobster clasp to the jump ring.

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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2009 01:05:44 AM »

Sweet! I am totally going to get this book.

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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2009 08:07:41 AM »

Thanks for review .... This is so cute.
I'll check it out Smiley
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2009 12:29:33 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2009 10:17:00 AM »

Yeah!  This book is on my list to get.  I have done this before, using silky material and it's SOOOO hard to do.  Everything slips around.  I didn't even think to use other material, so now I'll have to try this.  btw, I totally mess up pronunciations, so I run around calling this ka-na-shi (phonetic).  Kind of sounds like a kosher dumpling, eh?  anyway, thanks for the tute!!

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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2009 08:22:20 AM »

Defo going to get this book for my girlfriend she loves doing these sort of things.

« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2009 04:45:38 PM »

Thank you for featuring the book on here.  I finally made my first Kanzashi after buying this book.

The petals aren't as uniform as I like hopefully I get better with more practice.

Serenity modeling the Kanzashi...

« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2010 06:17:39 AM »

This book is on my wishlist at Amazon. So glad to finally see a review for it!

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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2010 09:59:43 AM »

Pretty cool collection.

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