- it is a video course, which will allow me to explain the complex rose making process in a greater detail for you
- all the rose designs are new, never previously offered in other tutorials OR at my workshops
- roses are made from a variety of fabrics ranging from fine see-through organze to soft plush cotton velvet
- these new roses will enhance your SS’19 collection or designs before anybody else learns to make them
- it is the best way to learn advance level silk flower making when you can not attend live hands-on workshops
❀ Morning Mist,
What’s so different about this course?
For starters, unlike my regular flower making tutorials, this is a video course that will be running from a certain date (25th March 2019 in this case) for 4 weeks.
In case if you are wondering, I am NOT shutting it down after 4 weeks, so you will be able to finish all your roses at your own pace.
However if you decide you are very busy now and are unable to join this group, the next opportunity will probably arise in September or October 2019.
If you are determined to take your rose making skills to the next level this spring PresentPerfect Creations Studio, please do not miss this opportunity and book your spot*** now at the lowest price.
*** The number of spots for each package is limited. This way I will be able to give feedback and help each student.
I created this spring green crown with the silk dandleion for the 2019 Hatalk hat making competition, where the theme was Equilibrium.
My Tethered Butterfly Crown for a millinery competition: the why
“The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.”
― Ponce Denis Écouchard Le Brun
Nature is an endless source of inspiration for me. Its colours, shapes and textures seem to be in a constant contradiction yet represent a peaceful harmony of its parts.
For my headpiece trim I have chosen two very fragile representatives of the natural world: a delicate dandelion clock and a couple of dainty airy butterflies – and arranged them in a perfect balance. The complementary colours of the butterflies – yellow and purple – ofter occur in nature where they work well and make strong compositions. This is another example of how opposites attract and create a perfect equilibrium.
My Tethered Butterfly Crown for a millinery competition: the how
To make the silk dandelion headpiece I blocked the crown in 2 parts using buckram. Then I covered both parts with green cotton velvet (which I’ve found very fiddly)
As the dandelion is very fragile, I had to sew in the handdyed fabric covered stem folded into a bow at this stage, before joining the parts of the crown together.
Once that was done I joined the 2 parts of the crown together adding the millinery elasctic at the same time.
The next stage was to make the dandelion clock itself and add the butterflies. The dandleion on the crown is about 6 cm in
diameter and has about 200 organza parachutes which were all needed to be made separately. The 2 little btterflies were made using handdyed silk satin in contrasting yellow and purple colours.
Counterintuitively assembling the dandelion clock with the silk butterflies had to be the last stage of the headpiece making. If you have been inspired by the pieces of textile art and would like to create your own silk dandelions for jewellery, millinery and other craft projects, you are welcome to get my step-by-step tutorial on Silk Dandelion Clock available here.
My Tethered Butterfly Crown for a millinery competition: the result
And there we have it, a silk dandelion clock with dainty butterflies that seem to have just landed onto it in a whimsical dance as a perfectly balanced headpiece ready to be worn and enjoyed.
WATCH THIS SPACE: still waiting for the results of the competition… If you would like, you could vote for my silk dandelion headpiece here
Now with the help of this tutorial you can learn how to create your own anemone bracelet, corsage, buttonhole or another floral accessory with these vibrant blooms in the sizes and colours of your choice.
The striking centre and the serrated foliage of the leather anemone look really attractive and can be achieved with minimum tools although some patience and practice are required.
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Here are a couple of points I’d like to draw your attention to before you watch the video:
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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.
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