DaphneRosa in bloom…

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So here we are, the end of the first month of my creative project & what a month! I’ve loved the challenge of studying a real flower & trying to recreate it with fabric & the Azalea has been a beauty! It’s been fun to delve into it’s history & traditions too along with January’s birth flower, the Carnation…

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Having experimented with different materials, this week I have focussed on the combination of chiffon & tissue paper, my favourite from all my developments so far. Having never created flowers from paper – but always admired those who do – I am definitely no expert, but I have really enjoyed playing with a new material. With my background in Constructed Textiles – that’s right, I have a degree in knitting & weaving would you believe – I have always gravitated towards fabrics for my flower creations but this project has given me a new freedom to experiment & I’m loving it.

Combining the paper & fabric has really helped to create a more realistic shape to the petals & volume to the flower. Using tissue paper in particular gives them a delicate look & feel & also allows for soft blends of colour with the chiffon…

I chose pastel shades for the flowers as they have long been a favourite of mine & can make a beautiful colour scheme for spring & summer weddings. I’m so enjoying that the project is also an excuse to get my Pinterest on & have been collating lots of pretty pastel inspiration as a result…

I am currently revamping some of my wedding bouquet designs for the spring wedding fairs & I think the Azalea’s will make a perfect addition…

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Making each flower as a single stem allows for greater flexibility in design, giving brides the opportunity to get involved in their bouquet design to create something completely unique for their big day. It also gives the flowers a more realistic look & means they could be used in the home as a replacement for fresh blooms, perfect if you’re anything like me & kill anything green in sight!

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Another first for me… I have made a video! Videoing what I do has been on my to-do list for longer than I care to think about… So starting the project seemed to be a good time to document the process & give you a bit of behind the scenes to the making process so here it is!

I’ve so enjoyed my first month of my project & hope you’ve enjoyed following along too… I’m excited to embark on a new flower for February so tune in next week to find out which is the chosen bloom…

Kate

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