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Back-to-Back Ornament Project from Kanzashi in Bloom by Diane Gilleland

Back-to-Back Ornament Project from Kanzashi in Bloom by Diane Gilleland

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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. You’ll 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
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. You’ll 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

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KANZASHIIN BLOOM
 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects toWear and Give 
DIANE GILLELAND
 
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I always come back to owers: Any time I’m learning a new crat technique, I try someower-based design orpattern to practice on. When I design beautiulobjects, oral elements alwaysseem to creep in somewhere. Soit’s no wonder I ell head-over-heels or
Kanzashi 
.Kanzashi are beautiul Japanese owerscreated by olding small squares o silk into petalsand then gluing them together. You may haveseen Kanzashi adorning the elaborate coiureo a Japanese geisha, because that’s their mosttraditional use. We’re not exactly going to betraditional here, but we are going to learn to makeKanzashi. Actually, it’s important to note thatKanzashi are more correctly called
Hana Tsumami Kanzashi 
. Te Japanese word
Kanzashi 
reers tothe hair ornaments worn by Japanese women, while
Hana
translates as “ower,” and
Tsumami 
 reers to the process o olding the silk squaresto make these owers. However, as the onlinecrating community has begun to discover andembrace this crat, olded abric owers are otencasually reerred to simply as
Kanzashi 
, and that ishow I will reer to them in this book.Speaking o online crating, that’s where I frstdiscovered Kanzashi. One o the many beneftso the Internet is its power to introduce us tocreative ideas rom all over the world. I shouldsay, though, that my particular method o makingKanzashi is quite dierentrom the traditional Japanese method, whichyou can read more aboutin the frst chapter. Asmuch as I love to watchthe traditional process inaction, I’ve also ound it abit challenging to learn. Teonline crating community, beingthe inspiring and creative environment that it is,has ound some simpler ways to make Kanzashi,and it’s rom these methods that I evolved thetechniques in this book.I’ve taught basic Kanzashi classes or a ew years now, and it’s always un to see how besottedmy students become with this crat. Te owersare so elaborate and so beautiul that once youdiscover how simple they are to make, well, thatbecomes all you want to do. Tose classes arereally the seeds that started this book. In nearly every class I’ve taught, the question eventually comes up: “What can you do with these owers?”In my classes, we usually glue pins and magnetsto them, but a world o possibility lies beyondthat. I’ve had a wonderul time dreaming up waysto incorporate Kanzashi into jewelry, clothing,bags, home decor, and gits, to name but a ew applications.I hope you’ll enjoy learning to make yourown Kanzashi owers and that you’ll want tocover your world with them!
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