Saturday, May 14

Kanzashi flowers

Blogger went a little bit crazy, was down for a good long while and "unpublished" this post yesterday. Mpff! I wanted to share with you my latest fabric flowers. I've been trying my hand at the Japanese art of Tsunami Kanzashi which is to make flowers with folded fabric (traditionally silk). I'm a humble grasshopper in this technique. The marvels created by Kansashi masters are incredibly intricate and stunning. Of course the technique has evolved and you can make really pretty Kanzashi flowers with quilting cotton, which mean they have to be fairly large but I want to learn the traditional way.

In a traditional flower, the petals are folded with 1" squares of silk. I found very light weight satin to try out the folding, which allows me to go much smaller than cotton. My squares were 2" , which makes them HUGE. The flowers I made are still pretty uncomplicated and you can see the petals are not very regular.  Once I get better at the folding technique, I will try to go smaller. Then maybe more complicated designs.





17 comments:

  1. nice job! I love the gray and yellow one!

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  2. I like the flower that looks like a blue daisy with a yellow center.

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  3. Those are beautiful. Definitely a step or two above grasshopper.

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  4. I love your fabric flowers. They are just beautiful!!

    Nancy

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  5. brilliant my dear! thanks so much for partying with whipperberry!!
    kisses

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  6. Always looking for new fabric flowers to make! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. Such intricate designed flowers, very pretty, you are rockin' it!

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  8. Your flowers all turned out beautiful! Thanks for linking @'Sew Cute Tuesday'!

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  9. what beautiful flowers, great job

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  10. Very beautiful--it must take great patience and skill to do that!

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  11. The flowers are really cute...I am always wanting to make fabric flowers like this, I should probably just learn. Yours turned out great!

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  12. Very pretty-I like the ones with the round beads in the middle. Thanks so much for linking to my Share the Love Link Party!
    Mary

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  13. So cute!! I would love for you to come by Sassy Sites and link up at our Flower Power party today! xoxo!

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

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  14. Lovely flowers! thanks for sharing this with us!

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  15. So pretty! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I would LOVE if you could link up your awesome post to my very first crafty linky party! This is the first week of Delicately Constructed Fridays and I would really appreciate the link!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  16. I love those flowers!! You did a great job! Stopping by from Chic on Shoestring.

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