Sunday, July 24, 2011

Kanzashi In Bloom......

A while back I purchased a book called Kanzashi In Bloom by Diane Gilleland.
I had seen really lovely jewelery made using a method called Kanzashi tsumami which is the Japanese art of folding squares of silk into three-dimensional flower petals. This book was one of the better ones for showing how to do the folding and had really great pictures to guide you along.
You see these types of flowers in traditional hair ornaments worn by Geisha.......
Images from Google
In the book they are used for jewelry and decoration.....
Images from Kanzashi In Bloom

So I was really pleased to see some videos (plus pictures) about the folding basics from in their recent newsletter. Here are the links.....

Kanzashi Folding Techniques
Kanzashi Blooms and Centers

There are a lot of videos on YouTube that show how to make these flowers's one....
Kanzashi Pointed Petal

And, if you Google the word.....Kanzashi.... you can find lots of pictures for inspiration. 

By the way...making these flowers can become addictive:)

Take care:) can also make them with tissue paper for card making and scrap booking.


  1. Oh Mary Ann..these flowers are lovely!I love making flowers, and I can't wait to make some of these.Thanks!
    Judy XX

  2. I have a quilting book that shows how to make fabric flowers of all sorts. They can be difficult, but they are lovely!

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