Creating Fabric Flowers For Your Home

fabricflowersFabric flowers are fun to make and will give you hours of pleasure producing them. Man made fabric polyester is the best choice of fabric to use in this flower making hobby. It’s easy to work with and will retain its colour.

Nursery bought artificial flowers are very realistic, you feel you have to touch them just to make sure they are not real. Once you have made your own bouquet of flowers, put them pride of place in the centre of your dining table. They are much more cheerful than candles. A small bouquet on a small table in your entrance hall will add a welcoming presence during the cold and dark winter months.

Don’t forget, children can help too and whilst the designs will not be realistic looking, you can make some interesting and vibrant designs with a variety of different fabrics. You can even use a button for the centre!

The art of making flowers from various materials began hundreds of years ago. It is believed that the Chinese were the first to master the craft, creating detailed replicas out of silk. The art spread to Europe, probably sometime in the twelfth century. For the first time, the making of fake flowers was done to make money. The popularity of fabric flowers boomed in the Victorian period, when a lavish style of decorating was the mainstay. Today, artificial flowers can be made of silk, plastic, and paper; often they are a combination of multiple materials.

To create fabric flowers, it is a good idea to begin with a pattern. Over time you will get good enough to design your own, but for beginners, start with a design created by someone else. Felt is an easy fabric to work with; it holds its shape and doesn’t fray. It is much easier to work with than other fabrics, such as silk. A basic pattern can be created from paper or even interfacing; interfacing is durable and will last longer than paper. The pattern can then be pinned to the felt, traced, and cut out.

Easy flowers can be made from rick rack, this does require a bit more finger dexterity to put together and a sewing machine for part of the process. You can also make them from old clothing, such as sweaters. These can be easily made and require just a bit of hand sewing. If you have leftover quilting materials, you can create some eye-catching flowers with different patterns and colors, using beads or parts from old costume jewellery to create the flower’s middle.

The only potential difficulties are manual dexterity and a lack of basic sewing skills. However, there are so many possible designs and patterns that it is fairly easy to find something that you can put together in a short amount of time. Once you have mastered the basics, you can move on to more elaborate designs, created with different fabrics. Handmade flowers are durable and can be made to match any color scheme, such as for a wedding or home décor. Creating flowers can give you a feeling of accomplishment and pride. Don’t forget to show them to your friends!

A Look at Making Pressed Flowers

Pressed flowers are blossoms that have been dried and preserved. A nice memento to keep are pressed flowers, given to you on a special occasion, they can be kept for years and their colours kept fresh from pressing them.

For your first attempts at pressing flowers, I would advise you to practice on a the flat flowers such as pansies or violets. These are often given as gifts on mother’s day by children. This is a nice place to start. Make sure the flowers are dry and trap them between two pieces of white paper, making more than one set. Now place them separately in the centre of a large, heaving book and leave them for a few weeks. After three weeks, carefully remove them, tweezers are often better than fingers for this procedure, but be careful you don’t damage the flowers.

Making them into a picture behind a glass panel will keep them fresh and you could design your own special memento. Perhaps with a cut-out picture of the special day when the flowers were given to you.

History

The history of making pressed flowers dates back to the Victorian era of the late 19th to early 20th century. The hobby has seen a revival during the past decade, and pressed flowers are now incorporated into a variety of arts and crafts projects. Pressed flower petals can be added to watercolour painting, decoupage projects or creative calligraphy just to name a few examples.

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Quick Tips For Making Pressed Flowers

When first drying out a fresh flower, hang it upside down in a cool, dark, dry place. Depending on the size of the flower, most take two to three days to completely dry out. During this time, try to keep the drying flower away from direct light as much as possible. Once this step is finished, the petals can be carefully pressed between the pages of a book, and heavier hardback books work well for flattening the dried flower sufficiently.

Common Problems When Making Pressed Flowers

Breakage of dried petals is a frequent issue with making pressed flowers, so they need to be handled carefully. One of the best ways to preserve dried pressed flowers is to mount them to paper with craft glue that’s formulated not to damage the individual petals. Good types of paper to use include Ingres or Japanese bookmaking paper.

With care and some practice, making pressed flowers is a fun, creative and enjoyable crafting hobby. No two pressed blooms are exactly alike, which can add some flair to other craft projects.