Here are a couple of points I’d like to draw your attention to before you watch the video:
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Let’s have a look what the Pantone Team has prepared for us this coming season, shall we?
Which tools to choose?
To make the most of the flower making tutorials I and other tutors offer one must have a set of flower shaping tools.
Flower shaping or otherwise known as millinery tools… We use millinery tools to shape fabric or leather in order to create realistic or artistic petals and leaves which we then assemble into
However there is another option available to us, flower artists, now. I am talking about an electric iron and millinery tools that are inserted inside it to be heated.
Which flower iron to choose?
Whilst I offer flower tools on my website, I do not sell flower irons. This happens for several reasons. First of all, soldering irons are not a particularly specialist piece of kit and can be easily obtained (although you will need to know which one to buy!).
For the month of January I have picked out for you the Camellia flower. And, since camellias come in different shapes and sizes TWO Camellia tutorials are awaiting you this month (the offer is valid till 31 January 2019)
If there are any seasonal fabric flowers, this metallic fabric backed velvet version must be one of them.
Rumors have it that Chanel's camellias have 26 petals. My version features 33 of them. It is a little stylised version of the camellia flower with its near perfect geometric shape and a flat back, which makes it ideal in many projects ranging from jewellery to millinery. You can make it oversized like I did with the black one in the photo collage below and turn it into a hairpiece. Small camellias will look great as shoe clips, small stick pins or corsages. This flower can be made with a wide number of fabrics (think heavy satin, denim, linen, cotton, tweed etc) as well as LEATHER . In the tutorial you will learn how to work with velvet, which can be challenging if you have not tackled it before.
There are different ways of attaching your couture silk or leather flowers to a headband.
Here's one of them that I like using in my work. This way your flower (s) is not permanently attached to a headband, therefore can be taken off at attached to a hat or used in another way.
First, cover the headband with a strip of velvet in the chosen colour (hand dyed or otherwise).
Prepare a strip of velvet about twice as wide as the headband (my headband is 7mm wide, my strip of fabric is 15 mm wide) and long enough to cover the headband + about 3 cm ends allowance.
Start by covering the headband with a layer of glue and glue the strip onto the headband (the headband is right in the middle of the strip).
Using a matching thread or an invisible one sew the edges of the velvet strip all along the underneath of the headband. Make sure the velvet strip covers the headband very snugly (see the photos).
Neatly sew in the edges, try to make the seams in this area as flat as possible.
To make them even flatter, apply a small dot of glue onto the seams and then rub it in either with your fingers or better still against the worksurface by pressing hard on the headband.
Next, to hide the seam and finish the headband prepare a nice ribbon in the appropriate width. I am using a golden lame ribbon here.
Apply thick HARD glue onto the ribbon and glue it to the underside of the headband all along its length (see the photos).
Leave the finished headband to dry completely.
Next, you need to make the 2-3 velvet covered wires that will be used to attach the flowers to the headband.
To make these velvet covered wires prepare 3 cuts of wire #24 about 15-25 cm long and strips of velvet about 1.5 cm wide and as long as the wires.
Apply a layer of glue onto the wrong side of one of the strips of velvet. Then, place a wire right in the middle of the strip (see the photo on the
Fold the strip and press the edges together to hide the wire well in the fold of the fabric.
Then, lay the wire on the work surface and using a sharp object (tweezers or awl) press its tips along the whole length of the wire slowly but steadily (see the photo on the right).
The wire should be snugly hidden inside the fold of the green velvet fabric.
Next, using the line that you have just pressed with the tweezers as your guide, cut off any excess fabric in one smooth cut (the left picture). BE CAREFUL here and do not cut too close to the wire to avoid exposing it. The right picture shows the 3 ready velvet covered wires. Leave to dry completely.
To attach the flowers curve the lily stem slightly to sit well over the headband. Using your velvet covered wires attach this stem in 2-3 places by wrapping the wires around the stem and the headband as shown above.
You can curl up the ends of the wires with a pair of pliers to turn them into additional decorative elements as shown in the photos.
The photo below shows the finished velvet lily headpiece from the back.
The last but not the least thing I wanted to talk about is the KNOWLEDGE.
Did you know you could make your own flower stamens to be used in fabric and leather flowers in case you do not have access to factory made or for some reason they are not suitable for your project?
Often tiny stamens for small and blooms can be difficult to obtain. That’s why today I am showing how to make very small stamens similar to those most roses have. You can also use them for cherry blossom, apple blossom and other small flowers.
What you’ll require is some PVA glue (or other stiffener), thick cotton
thread and some acrylic paint in brown , yellow or other suitable colour.
First, the thread needs to be stiffened. That will give it some body and let the stamens hold the shape in a flower once assembled. You can starch it or use your preferred stiffener. I simply cover a length of thread with PVA. To do that apply a blob of glue on your index finger and run the thread between the index finger and thumb to coat with glue as shown.
To make sure the stiffened thread dries straight I like using a weight and hang it to dry (I am using a large wooden star as a weight in the photo). Because you will need to make a considerable amount of small stamens for each flower, try hanging several long threads at a time and leave them to dry.
Once the threads are dry and stiff (if you use PVA it dries rather quickly), cut them
up into individual stamens. The standard length of a double sided stamen strand is around 5 cm, but you can always adjust the length to suit your project and make them either shorter or longer.
Now squeeze out some acrylic paint onto a piece of card, fold a piece of thread in half and dip the tips into the paint. To get enough paint onto the tips try dipping a couple of times. The thicker the thread the more paint will stick to it and stay on the tips.
I am using a very thin thread here so the drops of paint on the tips are quite small after one dip. For more impact please use a thicker thread (and / or more paint).
Now the freshly made stamens need to dry. I am using an improvised rack created by placing a couple of thick wires across a box or a box lid (pictured). Simply hang the stamens in rows over the wires and leave them to dry completely. Make sure to space the stamens well apart to prevent them from sticking to each other when the paint is still wet. In a couple of hours you have got your handmade stamens ready to be used.
Now you know how to make flower stamens. However, this by no means is the only way of making flower stamens. We might be exploring other options in our forthcoming blog posts and tutorials.
Below you will find some tutorials that cover the use of different stamens in flower making.
Which thistle corsage do you prefer: s furry fantasy or a more realistic one? Some customers can’t decide and so they order both versions of our leather thistle corsage.
These pieces of leather thistle jewellery have been very popular lately so we decided to offer an in-person workshop on the leather and fur variation. Moreover, as a BONUS you will be given additional instructions on how to make and assemble a more realistic version with purple flowers.
What you’ll learn in this workshop:
❀ making the stiffening solution for leather flowers
❀ stiffening and shaping leaves by hand
❀ stiffening leather flat
❀ shaping parts of flowers with millinery tools
❀ assembling flowers in different sizes
❀ arranging foliage for the design
❀ assembling all the elements together into a wearable corsage
To order your leather thistle corsage in either variation please visit our online shop.
Whether you are relatively new to flower making or you have been creating blooms for a while you know that tools and supplies for making flowers can get rather pricey. In case if you ever wondered whether there is something you could spend less on without compromising the quality of a finished item, this article would be of interest to you.
Let’s talk about bare necessities for a flower making artist and find out where it makes sense to save some money, and where it is advisable to invest in the best possible tools or supplies for making flowers.
Pictured is the extended set of tools I use for making my flowers and flower pieces..
Then naturally you will need fabric (or leather) to make petals and leaves out of. This is a vast subject. But what ever you choose, be it natural silks that you stiffen yourself, some vintage re-purposed fabrics or professional factory made flower making materials go for the best quality you can.
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