I have a review today over on the Craft Test Dummies blog for the Clover USA Extra Small Kanzashi Flower Maker. Even though many of the projects I make these days aren’t especially sewing related, sewing is my first crafting love. Sewing, cross stitch and embroidery kept my hands busy from the time I was a tween all the way up until about 10 or 12 years ago when my life simply got too hectic.
It seems to be coming back to me now though. I work all day on other projects but if I sit down at night to relax I can often be found with a small stitching project of one kind or another in my hands.
And drug store eye glasses over my contact lenses… but that’s a story for another day.
I got this Extra Small Kanzashi Flower Maker template while I was at Winter CHA 2013 a couple of weeks ago. Of course I came home super exhausted and feeling kind of sickly. Because you know everyone at CHA was sick.
Crafting while sick and exhausted, for me anyway, usually means small projects and these extra small flowers fit the bill.
Once I started making them I didn’t want to stop.
Which is EXACTLY what happened just before Christmas when I used the Large Gathered Petal Kanzashi Flower Template to make Poinsettias in this post: Kanzashi Flower Maker Poinsettias for Christmas Crafts.
So I decided to embellish a headband with them. I figured that some bright pinks and greens would definitely perk me up and make me feel better. And I was right!
I created the kanzashi flowers according to the package instructions and stitched a small button to the center. Then I stitched them to the headband.
Then I had to take them off.
One of the things I didn’t think about is that once the headband is on your head, and stretched out a bit, the flowers will spread out. I had stitched mine on with some space between them but then when I put the headband on the foam head they were REALLY spaced out.
I wanted them a little more bunched so I took them off and stitched them on again so that they slightly over lapped.
By the way, do you know how hard it can be to get a photo of the side of your own head, in good light? Mighty darn hard.
Anyway, if you like embellishing jackets, handbags, tote bags, scrapbook pages and oodles of other things then you will definitely want to give the Extra Small Kanzashi Flower Maker a try.
I’ve included an amazon.com widget below to help you find the Extra Small Kanzashi Flower Makers too. ‘Cause I’m cool like that!
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