I was recently sent a review copy of Kanzashi in Bloom for the blog book tour and was excited to be included. I've known Diane Gilleland (author of Kanzashi Bloom) for at least two years now from her site Crafty Pod. As I've mentioned before here, I always enjoy craft books from blogs I read. You know what to expect and you have a little background about the author before you even pick up the book. I have always been impressed with Diane's creativity and attention to detail when it comes to her craft tutorials. So of course, I expected nothing less from her new book.
Kanzashi in Bloom is based on the traditional Japanese art form, kanzashi. Kanzashi are traditionally hair ornaments made from squares of fabric folded much like origami. In the book you will find a more thorough explanation of kanzashi and it's origins. The chapters include, Origins of the art form, Materials and Core Techniques, Projects to wear, and Projects to give. In the book Diane shows six different designs for the petals alone. There are 20 unique projects to create with the kanzashi such as hair accessories, earrings, Christmas ornaments, and more. What I personally enjoy about the projects is that they are contemporary and applicable for today's use. Below are a couple examples from the book.
Stretch & Bloom HeadbandPlease leave in the comments your thoughts about kanzashi and if you have ever heard of it before at the bottom of this post no later than Wednesday, August 5th, 2009. One entry per person. Please leave a way for me to get back to you if you win(enter your email address in the comment form). The email address is only used to notify the winner, I do not save the addresses. I'll choose one winner at random and post their name Thursday. Good Luck!
I tested out the petals in the flower above and was able to duplicate them with ease from the instructions.
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