Kanzashi in Bloom: 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects to Wear and Give

Kanzashi in Bloom: 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects to Wear and Give

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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

Overview

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

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Diane Gilleland showcases the Japanese art of Kanzashi with craft projects that have an updated, modern style. You’ll find lots of creative ways to use up your scrap fabrics to make quick gifts for family, friends, or yourself!"
—Natalie Zee Drieu, Senior Editor, CRAFT magazine

"Diane Gilleland’s charming flower embellishments instantly bring the simplest accessory, garment, or decoration to life. Best of all, her beautifully photographed how-tos and helpful tips encourage us to add our own spin to these inspiring projects, for a lovely and very personal result."
—Susan Beal, author of Bead Simple and Button It Up

"Kanzashi in Bloom is a must-have book that does a fantastic job of demystifying this ancient Japanese art form for the modern-day crafter. The colorful projects will have you wondering what you can adorn with flowers next!"
—Jenny Ryan, Contributing Writer, CRAFT magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823084814
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
07/21/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
607,436
Product dimensions:
8.56(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.42(d)

Meet the Author

DIANE GILLELAND produces a popular blog and podcast, craftypod.com, and diyalert.com, a calendar of craft classes and events in Portland, Oregon. For more about Diane’s work and Kanzashi, visit kanzashi-in-bloom.com.

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Kanzashi in Bloom: 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects to Wear and Give 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
MyDoRyS More than 1 year ago
This book is OK if you are looking to learn some basics. However, it is not a good book if you are looking for traditional use of the kanzashi flowers. I will say it is an "Americanized" version, just like Taco Bell is a version of Mexican food :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The instructions were very easy to follow and she provided lots of examples. I highly recommend this for all you creative people out there.
caroline18 More than 1 year ago
This book starts out with a pretty extensive overview into the history of these hand folded flowers which is very neat. It then goes on to explain exactly how to make them and different uses for them. It shows A TON of different flowers to make and how to combine them and a bunch of different projects you can use them with. A lot of which I might not use but will use the flower they show you how to make in a different way, so all in all I'm very pleased! They are super easy to make once you read the diagram, which couldn't be easier to read and duplicate. It tells you how to know the size the flower will be and how best to pick fabrics for the flowers! It is a great book to have in your collection.
txagchic76 More than 1 year ago
I had tried fabric folding techniques on project is magazines a couple of times, and found the instructions unclear and/or incomplete and was not pleased with the results. I have completed 2 projects based on the techniques in the book with ease and am very satisfied with the projects. It takes careful reading of the instructions, but they are very clear and easy to follow. As a bonus, the book is beautifully illustrated and just plain fun to read and browse through.
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