Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Kusudama flowers



One of my favourite blogs to visit is TDoesWool. I'm no kind of knitter, but the photographs are always subtle and delightful, the posts generous and thought-provoking and my lack of knitting prowess is no handicap to enjoying it. A recent post was about kusudama flowers, linking back to another lovely blog, twoandsix, where there are yet more links to sites which offer the instructions for making these little paper flowers from book pages.

Despite the fact that I am generally fairly impatient, I did obey the instructions to wait until the glue was dry (sigh) on each 'petal' and was glad. I made a couple of flowers from some lovely soft old faded paper from a wrecked French novel that I've had for years (tried to read it - lost patience). Another one is a page from the Daily Express Community Song Book of 1926 - the songs are mostly so xenophobic and un-pc that they shouldn't really see the light of day! While the glue was drying (more sighing) I made some stalks for them out of rusty wire, twisted here-and-there to look like tendrils.

If you've got ten minutes to fill, I'm sure you would really enjoy making one of these little flowers - you might want to try using more colourful paper than I did and have a vase-full of blowsy blooms on your work table. Oh go on, have a go!

7 comments:

Gunnels blog said...

So beautiful!

thewildhare said...

Oh, these are WONDERFUL! I am off to the web site, to learn how. I will be sure to share the results - and to take from your lessons and be patient with the glue.

Thank you for sharing these beauties!

AeFondKis said...

what a great way to display newspapers in floral form!

AeFondKis said...

sorry musical sheets my mind is away with it today!!!!!

Chrissie said...

Thanks all - the plaudits belong to whoever it was in Japan who invented the pattern many moons ago!
Kim - tuck your hair behind your ears and get gluing - and don't forget to let us see what you made!

florcita said...

wow! patience...you are asking too much now!~ ahahah they look beautiful! Thanks for the links, I will try it out later!

Chrissie said...

Marian - if I can do it, you certainly can!