Kanzashi crafting

AUG 5, 2009

Crafty young'uns
Originally uploaded by Secretsugar

I think of summer as my "indoor season." In mid-summer NC, it's just too darn hot to do anything but sit inside and sew. Apparently, my oldest daughter and her friend thought so too, it being a scorching 95 degrees even before lunch today. These two accompanied me to the Spoonflower office this morning and looked very cozy and crafty indeed, sitting on our sofa, checking out Diane Gilleland's new book, Kanzashi in Bloom, and sorting through pretty fabric bits.

Naturally, we have no shortage of fabric scraps lying around the house and the office, so it was a simple matter for my 11-year old to put together a cute little flower, following all Diane's excellent instructions on her own and wrangling the hot glue gun like a pro. No word on what the flower is going to be used for but it's cute, huh? New necklaces are next on our craft list, I think!

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  • Thanks, Melissa! She was pretty proud of her first flower attempt, and I was pleased that she stuck with it. Yasmintoo, you’re very encouraging as I have to confess to my secret wish that my daughters will grow up to be as interested in sewing and fabric design as I am…!

  • I got my start as a surface textile designer playing around with scrapes from my mother’s sewing projects. I see an artist in the making. Keep us posted on her creative adventures.