SMP Craft
6 Aug

Create a Bouquet of Beautiful Fabric Flowers

Handmade Fabric Flowers (click on cover to buy)
32 Beautiful Blooms to Make
by You-Zhen Lu
$24.99/$28.99 Can.
160 pages, trade paperback

Handmade Fabric Flowers is the latest book in our Spring-Summer 2013 craft book list. This unique book shows you how to create gorgeous flowers using a range of fabric, and flower irons to manipulate and shape the fabric. The techniques are clearly explained using step-by-step, close-up photographs and clear diagrams and illustrations, so even newbies will never get lost.

A complete overview of flower irons is given, showing you how to use your iron correctly and safely. And as sizing is a big component of these fabric flowers, different sizing options are covered as well. Applying sizing to the fabric before you use your flower iron will not only make the fabric easier to form, but it will also help your finished flowers keep their shape.

Summer Wine Rose using cotton and voile

 

The range of fabrics you can use and the flowers you can create is truly stunning. Variation suggestions are given throughout the book, so you can make bouquets of all kinds using endless combinations of unique and interesting textures. For example, check out the Carnations below. The first one uses a pale purple cotton, while the second Carnation was made using delicate white eyelet fabric for a completely different look.

 

A Carnation made using cotton and chiffon ribbon

 

A Carnation made of white eyelet fabric

 

And the lush Peony below uses a mixture of satin and basketweave fabric for an interesting visual impact.

 

Peonies using satin and basketweave fabric

 

The gorgeous photography in the book gives you tons of ideas for how to use your beautiful, new floral creations. Personally, I’d love to attach the Peony above to a headband for an eye-catching fascinator. Also, with a wedding coming up, I think that the Orchids below look  like the perfect understated centerpiece, with a tasteful bit of bling: a gorgeous rhinestone chaton acting as the Orchid’s stigma.

 

Satin Orchids with a rhinestone chaton “stigma” are attached to a branch to make up an elegant decoration

 

What will your first fabric flower creation be?

 

A Gerber Daisy made of faux leather, cotton, cotton slub fabric, and pearl trim makes the perfect brooch

 

An adorable, little nosegay of Forget Me Nots made of cotton slub fabric with beaded stamens

 

I'm an assistant editor at St. Martin's Press. I caught the crafting bug when I was little and I wouldn't let my parents leave the store without buying me a crafting kit---any crafting kit! I wove baskets, folded origami, made jewelry, and painted glass. I'm an avid, but impatient knitter, so I'm always choosing projects that I can finish over a weekend. I also love to cook and bake. When I'm not working in the office working on craft books, my weekend consists of , well...making something with my hands. I'm usually scouring whatever's fresh at the farmer's market or food co-op, trying out new recipes, and working on my latest craft project.

Tagged with: Fabric, Flower Irons, flowers, Japan, Sewing

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