How to dye velvet leaves

Learn some tips and tricks on how to dye velvet leaves for your projects. I have talked so many times before about velvet and its uses in flower making, it is clear I like working with this gorgeously soft and very tactile fabric. In flower making we are only really interested in the velvets that are made using natural fibers like silk, viscose or cotton. And there’s a good reason for that. These natural dye fabrics dye well with Procion … Read More

Flower shaping tools, part 7: COMBINATION FLOWER SHAPING TOOL

For 2019 I have planned a series of short videos demonstrating how to works with different types of flower tools. I believe this will help you understand your tools better and use them to their full potential achieving great shapes and lines on your petals and leaves. This is the seventh video in the series, for which I have chosen the newest addition to the flower shaping toolbox: the combination flower shaping tool. You can successfully use the combination tool … Read More

Make eco-friendly fabric feathers

A tutorial on a fabric feather has been on my to-do list for a while now. Today I am happy to present my tutorial on handmade eco-friendly fabric feathers to you.  I feel quite excited about it and I think you should, too. Although I do not see handmade feathers replacing natural ones completely any time soon (but who knows, right?) there are definite advantages to this handcrafted feather that I am so pleased to share with you. It is … Read More

Flower shaping tools, part 6: TUBE MAKING TOOL

For 2019 I have planned a series of short videos demonstrating how to works with different types of flower tools. I believe this will help you understand your tools better and use them to their full potential achieving great shapes and lines on your petals and leaves. This is the sixth video in the series, for which I have chosen the rare but intriguing tool: the tube making tool. In fact in the video I am showing 2 styles of … Read More

How to finish your handmade flowers

Variety is the spice of life. I am sure you’ve heard this expression before. Luckily, there are so many different flowers in the world, there’s no problem with the variety here. But what when it comes to finishes of our handmade flowers? What can they be turned into to become wearable accessories? Do we have a variety here? Let’s have a closer look. Brooch is the first one that comes to mind probably. Indeed, brooches are very popular. So are flower corsages as … Read More

Flower shaping tools, part 5: rat tail tool

For 2019 I have planned a series of short videos demonstrating how to works with different types of flower tools. I believe this will help you understand your tools better and use them to their full potential achieving great shapes and lines on your petals and leaves. This is the fifth video in the series, for which I have chosen an old and rather common tool that can be found in most sets, traditional or more modern: the so called … Read More

Making leather flower shoe clips

Britain is (finally!) enjoying a bit of sunshine and warmth, which can be a perfect time to sport your summer style … and flowers ☺ Whilst leather flowers might not be necessarily associated with summer, one of their applications is particularly great for summer. I am talking about leather flower shoe clips, a firm favourite of mine. Leather flower shoe clips are ideal for decorating plain court shoes or peep-toes, or in fact any pair of your favourite shoes that … Read More

Flower shaping tools, part 4: knife tools

For 2019 I have planned a series of short videos demonstrating how to works with different types of flower tools. I believe this will help you understand your tools better and use them to their full potential achieving great shapes and lines on your petals and leaves. This is the forth video in the series, for which I have chosen another popular tool that can probably be found in any set, traditional or more modern: a knife tool, the sharpest … Read More

Flower shaping tools, part 3: ball tools

For 2019 I have planned a series of short videos demonstrating how to works with different types of flower tools. I believe this will help you understand your tools better and use them to their full potential achieving great shapes and lines on your petals and leaves. This is the third video in the series, for which I have chosen a very familiar flower shaping tool, or, in fact tools: ball tools. I wouldn’t be far off, if I said … Read More

Flower shaping tools, part 2: TWEEZERS

For 2019 I have planned a series of short videos demonstrating how to works with different types of flower tools. I believe this will help you understand your tools better and use them to their full potential achieving great shapes and lines on your petals and leaves. This is the second video in the series, for which I have chosen the oh-so-ambiguous and not-so-specialist tool: a pair of tweezers. It’s true, the tweezers we are using are not a specialist … Read More

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