Recently I learned to make Kanzashi flowers two ways. I first read about the Japanese art of folded fabric flowers in a book called Kanzashi in Bloom by Diane Gilleland. I practiced the origami-like method of shaping flower petals and combining them into a flower. Then, I made several flowers using the Clover Kanzashi Flower Makers. To read my recent blog about the Sampler Wall Hanging I made with both methods, click here.
While my father was in the hospital for a few days, I also made a variety of Kanzashi flowers with batiks. The only exception is the white flower made with silk and satin. I had a collection of button jars with lids just calling out to be adorned with a matching flower! When all the button jars were decorated, I gathered them in my quilt studio and told them they would get to visit Connecting Threads and see where I work. They were so excited!
So, one day recently, all my button jars accompanied me to work. After riding up on the elevator (their first elevator ride!) they proceeded into the Connecting Threads part of the CraftsAmericana building.
The group had fun perusing the fabric wall where we keep fabric from past collections. The neutral button jars were so happy to find Neutral Love II – a large collection of neutrals just like them. They are a little sensitive about being colors not found on the color wheel, so this made their day!
The group even got to meet our reclusive Dust Bunny.
They spent the rest of the day hanging out in my cubicle watching me work. So many people stopped to say hello…it was really fun for them.
Ann’s Button Jars want to say a huge thank you to all the staff at Connecting Threads for a totally awesome adventure. They also want to says thanks to the CT intern, CJ, who took most of these great photos!
After making so many Kanzashi flowers, I will probably take a break from them for awhile! However, someday I think it would be fun to make a bouquet for a bride in the family, using white and/or cream silks and satins with a vintage rhinestone button/jewelry in the center. What a great way to incorporate family jewelry, buttons, and fabric from old wedding gowns into a keepsake treasure to pass on through the generations!