I always come back to owers: Any time I’m learning a new crat technique, I try someower-based design orpattern to practice on. When I design beautiulobjects, oral elements alwaysseem to creep in somewhere. Soit’s no wonder I ell head-over-heels or
.Kanzashi are beautiul Japanese owerscreated by olding small squares o silk into petalsand then gluing them together. You may haveseen Kanzashi adorning the elaborate coiureo 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
reers tothe hair ornaments worn by Japanese women, while
translates as “ower,” and
reers to the process o olding the silk squaresto make these owers. However, as the onlinecrating community has begun to discover andembrace this crat, olded abric owers are otencasually reerred to simply as
, and that ishow I will reer to them in this book.Speaking o online crating, 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 dierentrom 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 crating 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 crat. Te owersare so elaborate and so beautiul 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 wonderul time dreaming up waysto incorporate Kanzashi into jewelry, clothing,bags, home decor, and gits, 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!