Kanzashi Flowers

At the weekend I bought a couple of Clover flower makers and I have developed a real crush on making these gorgeous (and easy) Kanzashi flowers. You make them petal by petal then gather them together and tie them in a circle. The fabric in the pic is fairly sheer as it has to be doubled over in the flower template so I think bulkier materials would be difficult to work with. They make for really pretty flowers and I can see a bunch of these being stitched onto all sorts of things. The one on the left is sewn onto some wired, spotty netting with a brooch mount on the back.The centre is a bead from my stash of broken up necklaces and things (usually charity shop finds). You can see how easy it is to dress them up.

And here is a pic of the clever little Clover Kanzashi maker. It opens up to clamp a small piece of folded fabric inside. Trim the material by cutting the excess from around  the template then start sewing. The template has Start and Finish positions and numbered channels with holes to guide you through the stitch order. At the end, open the template and push the petal  along the thread without cutting the thread.  You then start on the next petal and so on until you finish up with five or six petals on a single line of thread.

Pull the petals together and tie the ends of the thread together. Primp and tweak the petals then stitch them together to keep them nicely spread and lush in a ring. All done except for a bit of a gussy up with buttons, beads, ribbons, etc.

I have some gorgeous fine fabrics that are now earmarked for a flower make over. I can see them making pretty poinsiettas for Christmas embellishments as well. This little doodat will definitely earn its keep.

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