Monday, 21 October 2013

Review: Fabric Flowers

I've been meaning to review Fabric Flowers: Twenty to Make by Kate Haxell for a while now.  It's a great wee book from the 20 to Make series.

It contains 20 simple designs for making fabric flowers using a range of fabrics and techniques.  The instructions are laid out clearly with beautiful coloured photographs.  

The materials and equipment are easy to source and the tutorials can easily be adapted to suit your own requirements or inspiration.  The designs are simple but effective and all such lovely rewarding projects.

One of the lovely things about hand-making things for our wedding was the fun I had on team projects with my mum and sisters.  By far my favourite project was our knitted and fabric flower centrepieces. Each of the 12 vases contained flowers and a butterfly made by all the ladies in my immediate family.

I remember clearly that I received this book through the post from my mum as a wee prompt to get my creative juices flowing for fabric flower designs.  We needed a good variety to create some interest and contrast with the ivory, pearlised wool we used for the knitted flowers.  Of the four fabric flower designs I made, three were adapted from tutorials from this book. 

I still glow with pride when I see pictures of our knitted/fabric centrepieces.  What a lot of hard work, love and attention went into them.  I thoroughly recommend this book for any fabric flower projects big or small!

Have you tried any of the 20 to Make series?

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