Japanese Inspiration for the Flower Power Challengecomments (2) September 16th, 2008
Hand-stitch a vibrant folded fabric bloom...there are plenty to choose from in Omiyage by Kumiko Sudo. This is one of my favorite books. I've had my copy for several years now, and I still find myself pulling it off the shelf when I need floral inspiration. Whether you want to create a floral accent to add to a special project you're working on, or want to use the form of a flower to make an entire project, you can find great ideas in this book. Some of the blooms are very simple, with just a few stitches holding them together, while others are very intricate. If you can't find a copy at your local sewing or book store, you can find it at Amazon.com.
One of my friends, Ping, made me a whole garden of hand-stitched accessories for a fashion show I had in 2007. I used a collection of Amy Butler fabrics to pull the color scheme together for this show. The clothes I designed had a stylish Asian theme—so the headbands and purses that she created using this folded-fabric technique and bits and pieces of the Amy Butler fabric were perfect!