At PresentPerfect Creations studio experiments never stop. I try and test different fabrics, colours, shaping and assembly methods to create unusual yet wearable designs.
One of the less traditional fabrics for flower making that has always attracted me (and my customers!) is cotton denim.
Robust enough for everyday wear, so familiar and loved by many it lends itself well to a variety of flower shapes, simplistic and more intricate alike. Add skilful shaping with tools, backing with metallic fabrics and you will receive a beautiful flower accessory perfectly suitable for casual wear and beyond.
Perhaps, knowing my love for this material you are not surprised to learn that I have a whole 7 day step-by-step video course devoted to a denim rosebud (pictured above) which is recommended as your beginner fabric rose course.
The denim rosebud can make a perfect groom’s buttonhole. Complemented with other flowers it effortlessly becomes a more sophisticated corsage or a hat trim.
Some of my tutorials on leather flowers can be adapted to be used with denim. Both dahlias and gerberas are a good example.
I will be teaching how to make these denim dahlias at the Millinery Meetup 2020 in September later this year Friend. If you are interested to book this class visit Millinery Meetup website here.
Poppies have always been a very popular flower. Made of leather, velvet, silk, cotton, organza or other medium, they always look attractive and often carry a special meaning as well (think Remembrance poppies). Guess what, these flowers can also be made out of denim. In my live online demonstration on the Wild Velvet Poppies I have explained the process of creating a simple (not so simple 🙂 ) wild poppy with only 4 petals using backed petals that are sculpted in an attractive way. Plus you learn how to make a very recognisable seed box for the centre of your poppy. To learn more about this video demo and purchase you access to it visit the Wild Velvet Poppies Online Demonstration page.
I have even made my signature butterflies in denim!
To make sure the shape stays sharp and the flowers and butterflies are wearable, I do back denim flower parts with another fabric (as it is shown in the
Recently I have added another denim flower to my collection, this time a flower that can be made without specialist tools. Meet my denim lily, a perfect project for a beginner in flower making.
You can learn how to make this flower by purchasing the access to a recording of the live demonstration I help a couple of weeks ago. For more information click HERE.
One more rose that I have been revisiting lately is my Velvet Sweet Briar Rose (here pictured in black denim version).
A striking design, the velvet Sweet Briar Rose with its plush hand sculpted petals is stunning and indeed very sweet.
Do not underestimate this misleadingly simple rose. With so few petals, there is nowhere to hide imperfections. You will learn how to create impeccable velvet petals that look so live and moving when in fact they are rock solid hard and very sturdy. The tutorial is aimed at brave beginner and improver flower makers with a set of flower tools.
Denim is a popular and affordable fabric. I am quite sure you probably have some of it in your stash right now. Why not use it to create something beautiful to give as a little gift, to wear yourself or to offer to your customers?
I wonder if there is ever going to be a moment when I say to myself: I have tried and made all the flowers imaginable. For some reason I do not think this is going to happen and you know very well why: there are sooooooooo many flowers out there that it is virtually impossible to make them all. Every time I come across a flower picture in a book or online or I see a plant in somebody’s garden or at a garden centre, I make a mental note “I should try to create this one soon!”. One of such flowers, hydrangea has been on “to do” list for a while. Last summer I was admiring its faded pink blooms in my own garden, the colour I would like to call “antique pink”. Here is the photo of it:
Hydrangea from my garden
So last week I finally sat down and created my own version of hydrangea blooms using silk and … denim! Yes, good old cotton denim worked out perfectly for this hydrangea and a rose bud buttonhole. Such buttonhole is ideal to be pinned onto a groom’s lapel at a denim-themed wedding.
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