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Old 05-15-2010, 11:07
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Default Rounded (Cupped) Kanzashi Flowers HELP

I have seen some of this style flower that were soooo BEAUTIFUL posted here and I have searched for the instructions for MONTHS...even though I think they probably have been posted somewhere (or maybe a link for them). OK I finally found instructions...I know how to fold the square of fabric to make the petal so it cups YIPPEEE. And it took me about an hour to make 2 flowers to put on a pair of flip flops. I need HELP putting these things together...I know I must be doing something wrong when I string the petals on my thread and "try" to make them look like a flower. My directions say I can either pin or take a few stitches to hold them together till I get all my petals completed for the flower. I pinned the first ones (7 petals for each flower)...then cut off the excess at the bottom and started stringing them to make the flower...but what a mess I ended up with...It was difficult to get them to actually come together to look like a flower. If I pulled it tight they would not lay flat and the petals would not open up. If I left them looser they wouldn't really stay like a flower and the thread showed inbetween them and they were really flimsy and floppy. It seemed like each petal needed to be stitched to each other rather than like beads and strung together, but the directions didn't say to do that. Can someone tell me how you do it PLEASE. I LOVE these flowers and want to make more. Actually I want to use the gazillion squares of fabric I have already cut but I am about to pull my hair out. It should not take over an hour to "try" to make one flower...I still don't have my 3rd flower done and even though I put the other two on the flip flops they are not my best work. I hope all my gibber jabber makes some kind of sense and someone can figure out what I'm doing wrong.
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Old 05-15-2010, 04:00
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Default Re: Rounded (Cupped) Kanzashi Flowers HELP

Anyone???? Or did I make this totally too confusing????
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They should be strung together like beads, yes. When you go to tighten it do a fishermans know, wrap through your loop 3-4 times. This will help kep it tight while you tie your second knot. this tutorial is how I sew mine together, just not the fold.
http://kindawonderful.typepad.com/pi...fty-flo-3.html
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:36
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Thank you for the link. I'm not sure what a fishermans knot is but I think I'm getting the hang of it. My flowers are starting to look a little better (not perfect like I would like them to be...but I'll keep practicing). I have just started stringing mine as I make each petal instead of making all the petals and then stringing them. I don't know if is more time consuming this way but it seems to be working. I know it would be nice to just sit down and fold petals when you have a few free moments, but for now I'll just do it this way.
Thanks again for responding and the link.

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Old 05-15-2010, 10:38
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I string them as I make them. The cut for the rounded flowers are squares. There is a nice youtube video Ill try to find for you.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOM3zxRsiIA
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:42
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Default Re: Rounded (Cupped) Kanzashi Flowers HELP

Hi Diane,

Funny I was doing a search for a tut for the same flower. Would you mind sharing the link to the rounded cupped flower? I always make the pointed petals, but I just bought some new fabric to make this style. Thanks!

~Jennie
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:16
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Default Re: Rounded (Cupped) Kanzashi Flowers HELP

This is the tutorial I used for the flower... the Round Petal Bloom Technique one, however the YouTube link that LulaFairy posted above is very good and there are lots of videos showing how to do these flowers. I have not watched them all because I am on SLOWWWW dial up and for me to watch a 3 minute video it take almost 3 hours to download so it's very frustrating...but if there is one I really HAVE to see...I let it download while I'm doing something else like the dishes or making bows, lining clips, etc...then I come back and watch it. YouTube is wonderful....living in the boonies with slow dial up is NOT.

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Old 05-15-2010, 11:21
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Thank you so much. I love YouTube....YouTube hates me...lol...not really...I'm just on slow dial up and it takes forever to watch even a short video...but I let it download and go do something else then come back and watch it. I love this flower so much, but the putting it together was drving me nuts. For some reason it isn't as easy as the other fabric flowers. Yup you cut your fabric in squares and I have a gazillion squares cut for them already.
Thanks again.

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I string them as I make them. The cut for the rounded flowers are squares. There is a nice youtube video Ill try to find for you.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOM3zxRsiIA
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Default Re: Rounded (Cupped) Kanzashi Flowers HELP

thanks for sharing the links. i am going to try and make these.
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:30
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Default Re: Rounded (Cupped) Kanzashi Flowers HELP

I've made a lot of these now. Once I finally got them strung and tied into a circle(not too loose and not too tight) so they looked like a flower it was easy. Good luck and thanks to everyone who responded with help. The YouTube videos are great. If you have high speed internet I envy you. I started one video...I think it was about 9 minutes long...at 7:00 and it finally finished downloading at 11:00. I know I have mentioned several times that I hate slowwww dial up...but I really do...but I LOVE making these flowers.

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