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Tips & Techniques > Kanzashi flowers -Kanzashi blooms are an ancient technique used by the Geisha girls in Japan

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Posted on: 5/29/10 9:10 PM
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I've been making the sweetest flowers after I saw someone selling Kanzashi flowers. I tried to replicate one and could not figure out how in the world it was done.

After some hunting, I found both a website with a tutorial and then a wonderful book on it and I immediately ordered the book.


(This tutorial does not mention adding fusible interfacing to a thin fabric, like cotton, as an option. )

cut and paste this to see the book~

Get the book, it's only 15 dollars and you will learn a lot more.
The tutorial is just the basic technique.

Copy and Paste this to see more Kanzashi flowers on Flicker~

more flowers

BEWARE - these are addicting as they are quick and easy to make once you figure it out (takes a couple of flowers to get it right). They require very little supplies.

Also, If you want a 3 inch flower - cut out a 3 inch square- etc.
On your first fold iron that but not the other folds.
The smaller the flower, the more petals you need (try 8).
The leaf is made by using the other side and by cutting out a much larger square.
Iron fusible interfacing to soft fabrics for a stiffer petal

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2011 sew girl said... (4/4/11 5:05 PM) Reply
the links are amazing! I may have to try this when I make purses for next Christmas. Well, I can dream, yes?
Aroura said... (9/24/10 2:26 AM) Reply
Thanks so much for the links and your own tips as well. I'm about to embark on making a hairpiece or 2 with these, and this is extremely helpful!!
quiltingbird said... (6/10/10 8:03 PM) Reply
Hello Ryansmum. Thank you for your review of Kanzashi. I feel confident I can follow the excellent instructions in the book and look forward to stretching my imagination to create a tasteful but fun group of flowers. Thanks. I appreciate that you take the time to help others.
RadarRadiance said... (5/30/10 10:35 AM) Reply
Love it! I like these special touches and the blooms are perfect! Very pretty and so in style.
MegquiltsinVT said... (5/30/10 5:30 AM) Reply
WOW. This is going to be dangerous... And especially so with the book being so affordable. Here I go!
paulakiss said... (5/30/10 1:43 AM) Reply
Thanks so much for posting about these pretty flowers! I've been looking for an easy pretty flower to make. I have been wondering what to do with the tiny bits of fabric from my wedding dress and brides maids dresses! I'm gonig to make flowers for loved ones as a momento and thank you for anniversary gifts/cards!
SandiMacD said... (5/30/10 0:52 AM) Reply
They are adorable flowers. Thanks for the website link showing how to make them.
sewsally said... (5/30/10 0:35 AM) Reply
Thanks for the link to the interesting tutorial. I will definitely try this and use the flowers on a fancy knit t shirt like I see in the stores.
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