leather sunflower brooch

❀ NEW ❀ Leather Sunflower DIY kits

New Leather Sunflower DIY kits just in time for summer.

Summer is in full swing and handmade sunflowers are all the rage right now. Silk or leather, these bright summer flowers look great anywhere from a beach to a wedding reception. Talking of which, one of my latest custom orders was a collection of sunflower brooches for a weddingleather sunflower party in the New York area.
Leather sunflower is one of my earlier tutorials. Relevant today as it has ever been before the flower itself has experienced some transformations over the years. That’s why I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the Leather Sunflower Tutorial , revise it  and update it to enable you to create even better sunflowers.
As you remember the original Leather Sunflower Tutorial was about making a headpiece. The new 25+ minute BONUS VIDEO I am offering today is focused more on a brooch version of this best selling flower.
I am demonstrating how to add stamens in a neat and efficient way and what to do to make them look even more attractive and realistic as well as other tips and tricks to help you achieve the best result possible.
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leather sunflower kit stamensI have received a number of requests for Leather Sunflower DIY kits.  And for the first time ever I am happy to offer them in several finishes to go with this tutorial. They are available separately, so it is up to you whether to get them together with the Leather Sunflower Tutorial or not.
With one of these kits you will be able to create a Leather Sunflower brooch about 12 cm in diameter with (or without) stame

Leather Sunflower Tutorial

ns in the centre (as seen on a straw basket above).
Leather sunflowers are great not only for brooches or headpieces. Play with the scale of your templates and create smaller sunflowers for shoe clips or miniature stick pins etc.
The options are endless.
The striking centre, bright petals and a very recognisable look of the leather sunflower make it an ideal gift and a beautiful summer accessory.
This is a sort of flower where with minimum effort you achieve a great result and instant impact.

 

To receive access to the new BONUS VIDEO simply leave your review on this tutorial on my website here.
In case if you have not had a chance to purchase the Leather Sunflower Tutorial , you can do it now and receive access to the BONUS VIDEO. I can not recommend it enough as a beginner friendly flower.
If you are lucky enough to already own this tutorial but somehow you have not come round to actually making sunflowers now is the time! Treat yourself to one of the leather sunflower DIY kits in case you have been waiting for it ☺
Leather sunflower shoe clips
denim flowers

Denim Flowers

Denim wedding buttonholeAt 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. denim hat with roses

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.

However more elaborate roses can be easily achieved with denim. The rose pictured on the right is based on my popular Silk Cropped Petal Rose Tutorial.

The contemporary design of straight cropped petals together with the recognisable look of classic blue denim make this rose unusually modern and visually attractive.
The tutorial on Silk Cropped Petal Rose is aimed at artists with previous experience in flower making. You will deepen your knowledge further and learn to

denim camellia brooches

 use a soft pad for shaping petals, learn to make complex rose leaves and an unusual beaded centre for your roses.
The denim theme in weddings has been going on for a while now. Over the years I have created groom’s boutonnieres, bridal hair pieces and corsages using a range of different flower templates.
Because of the nature of denim and its thickness flowers with a smaller number of petals work best. Camellias are one of those flowers that can be easily recreated with denim.
denim flower brooch
You can simply follow my Velvet Camellia Tutorial to make your own denim version of this classic Chanel inspired flower.
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.
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 Velvet Camellia tutorial and in the Silk Butterfly Tutorial).
For this job you are free to use either some plain silks like pongee, organza, lightweight habutai. Or you can throw in a touch of sparkle with metallic fabrics if you fancy it.
Both lightweight and medium weight metallic fabrics work well with denim. Furthermore you can dye them in the right shade of blue to match your denim completely should you wish.
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?
If you wish to shop my denim designs visit the Denim Flowers section here.
denim butterfly
fabric for flower making in black

Black fabrics for flower making

black rose hair combIn fabric flower making we tend to dye fabrics by hand. This technique helps us achieve a more realistic or more unique look, match the colour of the flower to that one of the outfit, do the gradation etc etc…
However there is a number of colours that are tricky to dye and you are better off purchasing fabrics in those colours to work with.
One of such colours is BLACK.
Black dye can range from black-green-grey to black-blue-purple and it is difficult to achieve the true soot black colour when dyeing by hand.
Luckily for us some key professionally stiffened fabrics come in …black and can be used straightaway in your favourite designs and for custom orders.
They include such staples as smooth rayon satinthin rayon backing fabric as well as luxurious cotton velvet and rayon velveteen. Another great fabric is rayon organza in black.

For the rose in the photo above I have used rayon organza, thin rayon fabric and rayon velveteen. Another great addition can be black lace.

Plus these black fabrics make a perfect combination with silver and golden metallics (another firm favourite of mine!). Use them for evening and special occasion flowers and trims.

Over the years the above mentioned fabrics have appeared in a great number of tutorials: Silk Peony Buttonhole TutorialMiniature Velvet Roses TutorialSilk Calla Lily TutorialSilk Orchid Necklace Tutorial , Advanced Silk Rose Video CourseVelvet Sweet Briar Rose Tutorial to name a few.
In case if you wish to try these wonderful fabrics in your work, I have a number of packs on offer at the moment. fabric for flower making in black
Each pack includes a fat quarters of each of the following fabrics:
❀ smooth rayon satin (black)
❀ cotton velvet with short pile (black)
❀ rayon velveteen (black)
❀ rayon organza (black)
❀ thin rayon backing fabric (black)
These fabrics can also be purchased individually (not as a pack), please see the links below.
Use the for either leaves or flower petals, butterflies and berries, anything you would make from hand dyed or white fabrics.
I hope you will find these black gems useful in your work and can’t wait to see your noir masterpieces!
dye velvet leaves

How to dye velvet leaves

Learn some tips and tricks on how to dye velvet leaves for your projects.
dye velvet leaves
Procion Dyes

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 and other silk dyes and can be shaped with millinery tools.

In my numerous tutorials I have used velvet for some parts of the designs, whether it be foliage, petals, orchid lips, passion flower coronas etc.

flower girl headband
Velvet Strawberry Tutorial
Velvet is simply perfect for making leaves, but whole flowers can be created out of it too (remember the Velvet Camellia Tutorial, the Velvet Lily Tutorial, the Velvet Strawberries Tutorial , the Velvet Sweet Briar Rose and the Miniature Rose Tutorial to name a few?).
Today I have prepared a video which shows how to dye velvet leaves using several shades of green as well as other colours for a realistic look that goes well with your flowers.

Learn to layer your colours onto the fabric to bring your foliage to life with a play of light and shadow.

In this video I am using 3 different shades of green from paler lime one through to dark olive green.

Sweet Briar Rose dye velvet leaves
Velvet Sweet Briar Rose Tutorial

I also add a little blue and purple to my foliage. This is done to tie the leaves with the petals of your flower and is often a very good idea to bring the whole flower piece together.

Because of its heavy weight, thickness and pile velvet absorbs a lot of water when being dyed. When left to dry on a paper it will also lose a lot of water together with the dye. To achieve a brighter colour with velvet I recommend drying flower parts on non porous surfaces like glass or plastic.
Velvet is always dyed from the right side. Try to be gentle with your brush strokes not to mess up the pile too much. It is VERY important to consider the pile direction when tracing and cutting parts out of velvet and other similar fabrics.
As you can imagine velvet dries quite slowly too, especially on a plastic/ glass surface.
Below are the links to the fabric section with several kinds of velvet, special fabric brushes as well as some relevant tutorials available from my website.
I hope you enjoy the little video on how to dye velvet leaves below and from now on will be able to dye your own velvet leaves ideal for your projects every time! ☺
combination flower shaping tool

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 for shaping flower parts made out of different types of fabrics as well as natural leather.

So whether you make fabric or leather flowers (or both!) this tool is perfect for you.
Basically the combination tool represents a combination of 2 tools: the knife tool and the medium sized Japanese style cat paw tool put together (hence the name).
Although you may wish to try and use the above mentioned tools separately to achieve the desired effect, it might not work as well as using the actual combination tool.
Due to its extra width the tool brings extra volume and instant shaping to large and small petals (think roses, peonies, poppies etc) and leaves (especially water lily and lotus pads, but also large poppy and rose leaves as well as others).Work with it on medium pads for best results.
Using this tool you can enhance the shaping of other tools, deepen concave petals, curl up foliage and add interest to flower parts in seconds as I am demonstrating in the video.
We have used the combination tool countless times at my workshops as well as in several tutorials on both leather and fabric flowers (Leather Butterfly tutorial, Leather Daisy and Forget-me-nots tutorial, Silk Water lily tutorial).
Currently the combination tool can be purchased separately from my online shop. So whatever set you have at the moment you can enhance it with the addition of this wonderful tool in time for your new creations.  

Meanwhile watch the video I have prepared for you today (see the button below) where I am demonstrating how to use this cool tool with petals and leaves, and (hopefully) discover something new for yourself.

combination flower shaping tool
Combination flower shaping tool
handmade eco-friendly fabric feathers

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.  handmade eco friendly fabric feather tutorial
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 always good to have options. Well, now we have one for feathers too.
So, WHAT makes these handmade eco-friendly fabric feathers SO good? Is it the fact that it’s handmade? Realistic? Cruel free? Versatile? Fragile? Or all of the above?
Yes, there is no mistake, a rather realistic looking feather, this amazing nature creation, can be made by hand using fabric and a sprinkle of knowledge. I won’t hide, the process is a teeny-weeny time consuming, but all the good things come to (s)he who waits.And the result is well worth it. What’s more is you can create a bespoke feather or two for your design and they will be an absolute match and a perfect fit.
handmade eco-friendly fabric feathers
❀ NO millinery tools are required for making fabric feathers
❀ you can use different types of fabric for different results (I am showing 3 in the tutorial)
❀ the tutorial is suitable for all skill levels
❀ bespoke designs to match your projects every time
❀ video of me talking through best practices in feather making
❀ suitable for all skill levels
❀ bespoke designs to match your projects every time
❀ learn to dye your feathers and make a neat quill
❀ cruelty and allergy free feathers
Imagine what you feel when you are holding one in your hand? Are the barbs soft?Are the feathers stiff enough to stand on their own? How fragile is the fabric feather? Can you steam it? Can you curl it? So many questions… The answers are waiting for you in the HANDMADE FABRIC FEATHER TUTORIAL.
For more information on this detailed step-by-step fabric feather photo tutorial click on the button below.
If you wish to explore the specialist fabrics we offer visit the fabrics section on our website HERE

 

tube making tool

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 this tool, a European and a Japanese. You can also come across it in other shapes but the principle of use will be exactly the same as I am demonstrating in the video today.

You can successfully use the tube making tool for making tubes out of different types of fabrics (feel free to experiment here) as well as natural leather.

tube making tool

 

I prefer to work with stiffened materials and recommend you [[name]] do the same for neat and consistent results. 

Although the process is pretty straightforward, to achieve nicely looking smooth and even tubes some practice will be required.

In case if your fabric has the right and the wrong sides make sure your tubes display the best side of the fabric on the outside (think of satin).
 
Use these tubes in your brooches, corsages and headpieces to imitate grass, stems and add interest to flowers alongside foliage, berries etc. The tubes have been featured in one of our previous tutorials, the Leather Cornflower Tutorial.
 
Currently the European style tube making  tool can be purchased as part of the 14 pc European set of tools or the more extensive 22 pc set of tools. The Japanese tube making tool is sold on its own and can be acquired to enhance the set of tools you already own.
 

To purchase the tube making tools, either as part of sets, or on its own use the links below the video.

Meanwhile watch the video I have prepared for you today (see the button below) where I am demonstrating how to use this mysterious tool with fabric and leather, and (hopefully) discover something new for yourself [[name]].

flower shaping tools
14 flower shaping tools incl tube making tool
flower making tools 22 piece set
22 flower shaping tools incl tube making tool
tube making tool
tube making tool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

finish handmade flowers

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 well as buttonholes.
Over the years I have released a number of tutorials which cover this type of finish. Some of the popular ones are listed below:
silk iris tutorial leather grape tutorial cover leather corsage tutorial
Hair accessories with flowers are ever so popular. They include but are not limited to headbands, hair clips, hair combs and flower circlets (see below).
Moreover, most, if not all handmade flowers can be used for hat and fascinator trims.

 

lace flower tutorial

Making silk and leather flowers into necklaces and chokers is another great idea. Depending on your choice of flowers, colours and material you can get anything from a delicate bridal necklace to a bold statement leather piece.

Flower shoe clips is yet another, possibly less obvious but nonetheless very effective way of using handmade flowers (see the tutorials below):
silk orchid tutorial silk marie antoinette rose tutorial leather shoe clips tutorial

 

Leather Anemone Collage

 

In my tutorials I have also covered a flower bracelet.

 

However, handmade flower applications are not limited to the ones mentioned above.
You can also try making flower earrings, flower bow tie brooches (for shirts and blouses), hair wreaths, flower sashes, flower rings and flower stick pins, as well as other wearable flower pieces (I bet I have not listed them all).
Feel free to experiment and share the results of your trials. I am sure there are still a lot of new ideas to be discovered and tested in flower making.

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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 rat tail tool aka the hook.

flower making tools full set

I am demonstrating how to work with the rat tail tool in the video where I am shaping a variety of petals, small and large. As a rule the rat tail tool is used together with other tools when shaping flower parts to achieve best possible results.
It can be used for shaping both leather as well as fabric flowers, you will see it in the video.

Normally the rat tail tool is used with medium pads as shown in the video.
In skillful hands this simple traditional tool can produce a range of different effects, a number of which I am showing in today’s video, where I am shaping a fine cotton rose petal, a leather lily-of-the-valley flower and a leather dahlia petal circle.

The more different flowers you learn to make, the better you become at using your rat tail tool. You will find it particularly useful if you do not own any of the Japanese style cat paw type tools as it can be a kind of a substitute for them in some cases.

Currently the rat tail tool can be purchased as part of the 14 pc European set of tools or the more extensive 22 pc set of tools (check out the flower making tool section here).

Meanwhile watch the video I have prepared for you today (see the button below) where I am demonstrating several ways of using this traditional tool and (hopefully) discover something new for yourself.

leather flower shoe clips with gerberas

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 could benefit from jazzing up.
making leather flower shoe clips
Although not all types of leather flowers can be successfully used for shoe clips from the technical side, there are a lot of them that make stunning leather shoe clips. Think sunflowersdahliasdaisiesgerberascornflowerscertain roseschrysanthemumscamellias and many others. In other words the suitable flowers have to have a relatively flat underside to stand a chance to be successfully transformed into shoe clips.
To make your first pair of leather flower shoe clips follow our detailed step-by-step tutorial on leather gardenia shoe clips. Not only do you learn how to make leather gardenias, the tutorial will reveal the mystery behind turning flowers into wearable shoe clips once and for all.
Once you’ve mastered the leather gardenia shoe clips, you can start creating other flower shoe clips, like Leather Dahlia, Leather Chrysanthemum, Leather Sunflower, Leather Gerbera or Camellia to name a few.
Press the button below to add the leather gardenia shoe clips tutorial to your library of flower making tutorials and start creating your very own leather flower shoe clips. For more  ideas on suitable flower tutorials for shoe clips see the pictures below.
making leather flower shoe clips

Although we’ve been talking about leather flowers for shoe clips, it’s worth mentioning that silk flowers are perfectly suitable for this too, same rules about the choice of flowers applied.
Velvet camellias, silk sunflowers, satin daisies and gerberas – the sky is the limit here. Think about embroidering the centres of your flowers like daisies with beads for a more elegant and sophisticated look.

 

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