Another chapter in the DIY Wedding. After lovely daughter found her wedding dress for a 100 bucks, we took it to a local (and fabulous) seamstress for some alterations. A bit of pink chiffon here and there and all it needed was a few pink chiffon flowers.
"Oh! No problem," says daft mother of the bride. I've made simple five petal Kanzashi flowers before using (fused interfaced) silk and cotton. Kanzashi flowers are a traditional Japanese craft. Some can be very intricate. I binged on them a couple of years ago using the simplified instructions in Kanzashi in Bloom. Diane Gilleland uses glue for the flowers. I use needle and thread. Crazed purist.
Chiffon is a totally different beast. There were some swear words, there was some sweat. I found this little gadget and the language and temperature improved. I love the Clover products and this is a neat tool which would be pretty simple if you are using cotton and handy with the needle and thread.
If you have some kind of crazy gene and you want to do Kanzashi in chiffon, here's what to do. First get a big bottle of fray check. Follow the instructions on the flower maker, remove the sewn petal from the gadget and trim the excess seam allowance down. Run a bead of fray check around the piece. After the 5 flowers are on the thread and you've pulled all the petals in tight, run more fray check around the center. Tie off and stitched a bead in the center. A flower an hour and head shaking from the husband and son.
The dress looks beautiful. But you'll have to wait till after the wedding to see the whole thing.