I saw a post on kanzashi at One Hour Craft awhile back, and while it interested me, I didn’t have time to act on it. Today I took a little time out at work, and investigated kanzashi. I brought a little square of fabric with me, so I could figure out how to make one petal. After looking through several tutorials, I finally got it! Tsumami is the art of making kanzashi, by pinching a square of fabric together. Kanzashi is the hair ornament.
Here’s a list of the tutorials I looked through:
Video #1 .wmv file; recommended by a couple different people, but I couldn’t view it on my Mac. Edo hair ornaments, from a Tokyo tourism website.
A few suggestions: I did use silk fabric, and not all the tutorials mention that the fabric needs to be stiff, which silk is definitely not. I used a medium weight iron on interfacing that was probably too thick. Rice paste is what is traditionally used to stiffen the fabric, which I didn’t have and didn’t want to make. Next time I’ll try a lightweight interfacing and some sort of starch and see which one I like better. Cotton fabric may be stiff enough by itself, so I’ll try that too.
I did sew the petals together, first by going through each petal as several of the tutorials suggested, and I also tacked the top of the petals together. Then I sewed a circle of felt to the top to cover the hole. I just didn’t like the idea of hot gluing a button onto the silk. Embroidery, beads and a button embellished the felt. I sewed another felt circle to the back, with a pin back sewed onto the felt. Now it’s a gift for a friend!
I hope you’ll try making one; they’re pretty easy, and so fun!