Japanese Inspiration for the Flower Power Challenge

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Here is a hand-stitched purse given to me by one of my sewing friends in celebration of my fashion show in May of 2007.
The bud purse is an example of the kind of folded flower projects that can be found in this great book by Kumiko Sudo.
Here is a hand-stitched purse given to me by one of my sewing friends in celebration of my fashion show in May of 2007.

Here is a hand-stitched purse given to me by one of my sewing friends in celebration of my fashion show in May of 2007.

Photo: jen stern

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! 

posted in: Omiyage, Folded Flowers, Amy Butler Fabric

Comments (2)

wildenfunky writes: I have this book and have done a few of the creations in it. It is quite stunning and great for pressies that you have left to the last minute. I have to confess though, I use a sewing machine!! :)!
Posted: 5:25 am on November 1st
LostAndFoundObjects2 writes: very nice!
Posted: 9:43 am on September 20th
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