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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; Original edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823084817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823084814
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Diane Gilleland showcases the Japanese art of Kanzashi with craft projects that have an updated, modern style. You’ll find lots of creative ways to use up your scrap fabrics to make quick gifts for family, friends, or yourself!"
—Natalie Zee Drieu, Senior Editor, CRAFT magazine

"Diane Gilleland’s charming flower embellishments instantly bring the simplest accessory, garment, or decoration to life. Best of all, her beautifully photographed how-tos and helpful tips encourage us to add our own spin to these inspiring projects, for a lovely and very personal result."
—Susan Beal, author of Bead Simple and Button It Up

"Kanzashi in Bloom is a must-have book that does a fantastic job of demystifying this ancient Japanese art form for the modern-day crafter. The colorful projects will have you wondering what you can adorn with flowers next!"
—Jenny Ryan, Contributing Writer, CRAFT magazine

About the Author

DIANE GILLELAND produces a popular blog and podcast, craftypod.com, and diyalert.com, a calendar of craft classes and events in Portland, Oregon. For more about Diane’s work and Kanzashi, visit kanzashi-in-bloom.com.

More About the Author

Diane Gilleland has been a craft blogger since 2005, and she's never met a craft she didn't like. Well, she's not so hot at knitting, but she'll challenge you to a hand-sewing throwdown any day. Her work has been featured in CRAFT Magazine, CraftStylish.com, Sew News, and several craft books.

Visit her online at www.craftypod.com. She'll make tea.

Customer Reviews

I can think of all kinds of things to do with the flowers, and have already made some.
virginia wallace
This book has very well written & depicted instructions ,and it also has pictures that make them very easy to follow.
Elaine M. Howe
And the book has lots of ideas on how to use the flowers that you create so it encourages you to make more and more.
Joan Dekret

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Hopeypooze on August 8, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Kanzashi- beautiful flowers made from relatively small pieces of folded fabric and a few stitches. Meditative, a bite size craft- uses up the boxes full of fabric labelled "scraps too small to keep" (you have one too, admit it)- instant gifts or embellishments, instant creative satisfaction.

In this beautifully produced book, Diane Gilleland takes the reader step by step through the process of creating lovely kanzashi. If you are familiar with Gilleland's instructional style from her blog and podcast ([...]), you will be as happy as I was to find the same kind of clear, unambiguous written instructions, and accompanying images.

One of the biggest attributes that sets this author's instruction apart from many others is her ability to explain things in a way that can't be misinterpreted, and to choose photographs or diagrams that show exactly what they need to show. This is actually harder than it sounds, and so many publications fall short.

Too many craft books are really about the author. They showcase the work of the author and their friends, and the teaching aspect seems really secondary- even unto leaving key points out of the instructions, like a cook who gives you her special family recipe, but you KNOW she left something out because you can never get it to taste quite the same. That is NOT the case here- you will be whipping up your own beautiful flowers in no time, and there is no reason why they won't be as perfect as the ones in the book.

The other big unique strength of this book, as in all Gilleland's work, is her casual, sisterly way of empowering the reader to take the skills she shares, and then go and make them their own.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Dickson on August 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved this book. The history behind the flowers is very interesting. The instructions and diagrams for making the flowers are inspiring and easy to follow with good detsil to possible problems that many be encountered. My Mom (90) and I have just spent the weekend making the Kanzashi flowers. Mom really made beautiful flowers and we have more projects planned. It is one of the nicest craft books I have ever purchased and I'll found lots of ideas and techniques in it. Highly recommended to the crafty who likes something simple but beautiful to add to their collection. Only criticism is I don't know how to pronouce Kanzashi!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By mi on December 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I was interested in kanzashi after seeing so many beautiful flowers a a website called kanzahi core. Don't get me wrong, the book is a good step by step guide for 2 or 3 basic petals and flowers. I was looking for instruction on creating different flower types like the chrysanthemum, wisteria, iris,kusudama etc.

The main flower creating parts of the book is very small (only about 20 or so pages of actual flower creation). From page 39 to the end of the book (141) is all about applying the kanzashi to belts or bags,brooches, and other items.

I can think of a million ways to put a kanzashi somewhere without a book! Gimme some more flower varieties!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By margot potter on August 6, 2009
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Diane Gilleland is known in the 'craftiverse' as Sister Diane, the mastermind behind the wildly popular blog and podcast CraftyPod. Diane has an innate gift for taking a simple and striking idea and making it fabulous. I had never seen Japanese fabric kanzashi blooms prior to getting this book and I was immediately excited to try making some of my own. Diane offers 20 gorgeous ideas here that are beautifully photographed and meticulously stepped out so you can see step by step, petal by petal, how to recreate them.

I was utterly impressed with her considerable writing skills and the painstaking research she did to give this lovely art form a context and meaning for the Western crafter. Many craft books are pretty to view, but lack depth of information and high quality writing. Diane gives you both along with cleverly fashioned projects that leave you completely inspired. Every design has a brilliant variation concept. Not only are the projects well crafted, the book itself is a beautifully crafted work of art.

I can't wait to try the techniques out for some jewelry and mixed media designs. The best kind of craft book leaves you inspired to create. Diane has achieved that with a brilliant book that I think every crafter should add to their collection.

Margot Potter
The Impatient Crafter
Author The Impatient Beader series
Bead and Wire Jewelry Exposed
Beyond the Bead
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Wiz on October 11, 2010
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I was reallllly looking forward to this book, but was so disappointed by it. I was expecting it to show us how to make kanzashi flowers like the Japanese do. These have the basic folds I guess, but the outcome is more country style. Use of buttons in the center, looks to folksy and not elegant as the Japanese make them. Also, when making a stringer of flowers, she uses ribbon, not the thin string that the Japanese do. It looks so poorly done. I am definately not impressed at all with this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Happy Tooth on August 29, 2009
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This book offers clear, concise and easy to follow instructions for making wearable fabric art.
Each piece can be made from leftover fabric, buttons and other odds and ends leftover from
other projects. I highly recommend this book.
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