Today I have a guest post from Moe at Five Sixteenths, she's been here before. :) I've been getting a little backlogged with the book reviews so she's kindly helping me out. I"ll be sharing some news about Moe next week, until then take it away Moe!
Hey there, it's Moe again from Five Sixteenths
& I want to share with you a lovely book on handmade flowers! When Marilyn popped this book in the mail to me, I expected to get just another little craft book. But when I opened the package & saw the front cover I knew I was in for a treat.
I have another whole set of friends who are planning weddings & after helping two friends with flowers and hair pieces this book gives me more inspiration! Being artsy in a group of friends means I get to try out a whole load of things I've never done before. Using premade flowers in the last few weddings, it will be awesome to see if any friends are interested in some flowers from scratch
Handmade Fabric Flowers
, authored by You-Zhen Lu, is filled with beautiful pictures and
excellent instructions. The first part of the book gives lovely images of the handmade fabric flowers in different color combinations, a little bit about the flower, & an insight into the supplies to make it. It reminds me of a crafty, botanical encyclopedia!
The second part of the book gives you insight into tools that I didn't even know existed. You'll need simple tools, like a hot glue gun & more advanced tools, like a flower iron to shape the petals. This tool is essential to the creation of these flowers. It helps you shape & form the flowers around different heads & the options seem limitless!
After a bit of an introduction to flower making, you jump right into the simple instructions on making each of the 32 flowers mentioned in the front of the book. With simple worded instructions supplemented by diagrams & photographs, its like you have the talented You-Zhen Lu there with you assembling these flowers...no, works of art!
As I thumbed through the book I filled my notebook with flowers to present to friends, color combinations, & ideas. Heck, even if they choose to go another route I'll show up with a lovely hair clip made by me!
This book is great for someone who is looking for a new hobby & can take the novice flower maker on a journey into creating beautiful shaped petals.
Thanks Marilyn for sending this over I can't wait to see what I'll be able to whip up!