Craft Challenge Number 3

Better late than never comes craft challenge number three (I need to get a wriggle on to get 9 more done before 2014!).

For this challenge I used Kanzashi in Bloom by Diane Gilleland who also writes the CraftyPod blog . The book gives instructions on how to use cotton fabrics to create folded petals that come together to form a flower.

The basic technique uses square of fabric which are folded and then pinned. I used a rotary cutter and ruler to cut my squares but you could use a paper template. I did my best to cut a neat square but was reassured by the authors words:

 "If your squares aren't quite perfect, or the corners don't quite match up in folding, it will never show up on the finished flower. Take my word for it!"

There are lots of different projects in the book which use the same basic technique. As with many craft books there are some projects that I liked and some that I thought looked a bit dated and a bit like craft for crafts sake. 

My favorite projects in the book were: 
-Stretch and bloom headband - a small flower on elastic
-Bloomin' cute drawer knobs -  a pretty update for a car boot find

I also liked the idea of playing it safe and just making a pretty brooch. 

Anyway back to the make, squares cut I duly folded each of my squares and secured them with a pin before taking a length or thread and running it through all of the petals. 

In the pictures there are 6 petals and when I made the flower up it just didn't look right so I made two more and was happier with the spacing. 

Once the thread was through all petals it was tightened and secured with a surgeons knot. a new one for me but you can find out how to make one here.

I then dug out my button box, not that I ever really need an excuse to look at buttons, and I chose a coordinating pink button on a shank as I didn't want the stitching to show. And voila! Craft challenge 3 complete.

I must admit I'm not too proud of this effort and I definitely need some more practice but it was quite quick to do and a good way of using up fabric scraps. Next time I think I'll choose a less busy print as its quite difficult to make out the folds in this Liberty fabric. 


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