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Large Ume (plum blossom) kanzashi by EruwaedhielElleth Large Ume (plum blossom) kanzashi by EruwaedhielElleth
A large plum blossom hairpin. This February kanzashi typically comes in pink, white or red, or a combination of those colors, and is nearly always made with small buds, leaves, and a golden branch surrounding the main blossom.

It too me a long time to figure out how to make the petals work for this kanzashi, but now that I know how I've found it really takes less work to make this one than many other types.

Made with cotton fabric, wire, gold cord, a wooden dowel rod, and embroidery thread.

The lighting in this particular photo made the fabric appear kind of orange. A more accurate representation of the color can be found here: [link]
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Arleen Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Congratulations! I've been trying to make one, but failed and yours looks great!
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EruwaedhielElleth Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Thanks! It took me several tries to figure this out, and I'm still not certain what I'm doing is the "correct" way, but it's the only way
I'm able to make it work. The real ones I've seen don't look so flat.

I fold the smallest petals first, then fold the next size of fabric squares diagonally and glue the tip of those to the bottom of the small petals right behind the point. Then I fold the sides of the triangle around and glue them to the sides of the small petal. They almost reach the end of the small petal, but not quite. The I repeat with the next size, and so on. Once all five petals are done this way, I put them together like any other flower, but I use a domed base. At first I had difficulty lining things up right and maintaining the correct spacing between petal layers, but it became much easier once I got the hang of it. The whole thing was kind of floppy once it was put together, so I sprayed some starch on it before I put the center on, arranged the petals so they didn't wrinkle, and let it dry. I was stupid and ruined quite a bit of good fabric on my first attempts, so you'll probably want to practice on cheap fabric until you get the technique down if you decide to try again. :)

I wish I could see a real kanzashi artist make these things. Then I'd know whether I am doing it right or not. XD
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