flowers from napkins with their hands


  • Rosebuds from single-layer napkins
  • Dandelions from the three-layer napkins
  • Roses from napkins

Who would have thought that the conventional paper napkins can be a convenient, plastic and most importantly, "obedient" material for the manufacture of colors if to put this stuff in the capable hands? Flowers from napkins to do so simple that even the children are taught the lessons of needlework in kindergarten and elementary school. But since we are in this blessed age has come, you have to master this technique, so to speak, after him. But never too late to learn and no one is ashamed. Therefore, learning how to make their own hands original and simple flowers from napkins.

Rosebuds from single-layer napkins

For the manufacture of rosebuds, we will need conventional single-ply napkins bright colors (red, maroon, orange - flowers, green - on the leaves), thread and floss. Performs work in several steps:

  1. Cut tissue (red or purple) into four pieces along fold lines and get four square billets. For one bud enough one or two wipes (depends on the bud).
  2. One square folded in half, combining the opposite side, and a few millimeters turn down the top edge (fold line). Then turn over the blank reverse side and curl into a tube along the length of the rectangle.
  3. The lower edge of the tube inserted toothpick (one half in a napkin, half outside) and fix with the help of a thread (like candy candy wrappers). Slightly turn down the edge of napkins (short side of the rectangular blank), mimicking rose petal.
  4. Take the second blank and fold it diagonally aligning the upper and lower corner. A two-layer preform and also a triangular curl over a few millimeters of its upper edge.
  5. Overturn triangular workpiece (the angle looking down) and put it on the middle of a tube-aligning the upper edge of the tube to the bottom edge of the workpiece. Then wrap the corners of napkins, "embracing" their center and forming a bud. The lower part is gathered, we gather at the base and also tie up a thread.
  6. That same was done with three or four triangular preforms to obtain bud size. Threads cut.
  7. Take the green napkin and cut it into four parts. Fold the two small squares on each other: the lower right and the upper expanding diamond.
  8. At the center of the folded pieces makes an incision and stringing green "sepals" on the bud.

That's all pink bud of tissue ready. By the way, for such wipes buds can be used in two colors (red and pink, orange and purple) and start from the middle of a tissue of the same color and the remaining "petals" of the other.

 beautiful flowers from napkins with their hands

Dandelions from the three-layer napkins

These flowers we do of the yellow three-layer napkins. By the way, with his own hands, and this way it is possible to make not only the dandelions, and, for example, cloves. But for this you need to take a swipe of a different color (although not necessarily) and use more layers. So, we need: three-layer napkins, scissors, stapler.

  1. Take the three-layer napkin and divide it into layers - so flowers will turn more voluminous and more fluffy.
  2. Two layers of cloth and turn again, we put four times: in half and in half again. We get vosmisloyny box.
  3. Now, all the layers are held together by a stapler (middle crosswise) and cut out squares the circle, cutting the corners and edges. Further along the circumference of the edge to the center makes an incision (about a centimeter).
  4. Getting all of the layers in turn raise up slightly clenching his hands at the center of the napkin and fan flower. We get the lush yellow dandelion.

To make clove, use all three layers of tissue and makes an incision around the circumference or make them very short, but frequent (fringed).

Roses from napkins

To make your own hands paper roses "as real", we need napkins red (white, pink, orange, and so on. D.) - For petals and green - for the stem and leaves, scissors, wire stem and a thin needle to tighten the petals. So, we proceed.

  1. Cloth (for example, red) for the flower cut into four squares. From green cloth cut into wide strips about half a centimeter and small rectangles with sides of 6 and 4 centimeters.
  2. Fold red square almost in half: the edge of the bottom layer will act from the top. Start spinning the edge swipe at the fold line, mimicking rose petal: the upper part (not to all) corners, marginalia. So prepare future four petals of a flower.
  3. Take another napkin, and the fourth part of its cut into four squares. One box is turned off in a tight ball and fasten it to the wire.
  4. The second wrap and cover with a square ball, and extra towels swirls around the edges of the wire.
  5. A strip of green cloth cheat around the wire in a spiral, making the green stalk and hiding underneath the metal and the wire has already wound on a red napkin.
  6. Now turn the petals begin to tighten. Each subsequent lobe wrap is less dense than the previous one, and the lower part of the tissue around the wire fix glue or thread.
  7. Curl of green squares dense thin tube-thorns and leaves. Leves doing spinning edge of the rectangle of paper and giving it the shape of a leaf.
  8. Glue thorns at the base of the flower, masking all the green napkin and attach to the stem of the leaves. Roses ready.

From these flowers made of tissue with their own hands, you can make a tree of happiness (Topiary). You can use them for the production of souvenirs (such as Valentine). Flowers from paper napkins can arrange a festive table or sweet bouquet. But you never know what you may need artificial flowers! The very process of their creation will bring you a lot of fun. And if you bring this creative process children, their delight is not the limit! The hands of ordinary napkins - almost real flowers! And believe me, creating colors of napkins to help you master the skills of two of needlework: bumagoplastiki and flower arranging. And if you are going to do with his own hands for a sweet bouquet of flowers, the master suite also design (the art of making compositions of chocolates). But that's a topic for another discussion.

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 Japanese patchwork


  • From the history of Japanese patchwork
  • Features Japanese patchwork
  • Stёzhka Sachiko
  • Sewing yosegire
  • Handmade

Quilting is considered an international view of needlework. Mosaic patchwork fabric piled in the Ancient East was incredibly popular patchwork and old Russia, used this technique in Europe. And although the official birthplace of patchwork called England, in the world of patchwork is also known Japanese quilt. What is this kind of patchwork so remarkable, and what is its history? Let's face it.

From the history of Japanese patchwork

Originally patchwork in its pure form is not used in Japan. However, in some Japanese monasteries for monks warm quilted jackets sewn from scraps square, symbolizing the rice fields. Mostly Japanese patchwork exist as stёzhki. By the way, this embroidery had special meaning: Special stitches (needle forward) combined several layers of fabric overlap. In the old cloth imposed new and thus achieve economies of material for clothing. As a result, a characteristic for Japanese sewing geometric patterns.

At the same time, the traditional Japanese pillows "futon" sewed just in patchwork technique. Again, everything was done in order to save. Futon was quite expensive bedding. Having such a pillow, mattress could afford only wealthy Japanese and used them for so long that the cloth to wipe. Then shabby place on the futon covered with new pieces of cloth and pillows themselves are starting to look like new.

The emergence of this patchwork in Japan is obliged by the same circumstances as the patchwork appearance in England. When the policy is limited (in some areas and banned) imports of Chinese textiles, textiles became a terrible deficit. But for Japan itself, of course, such a policy had beneficial effects: the country began producing its own tissues. However, the tradition of economical consumption of tissue already firmly established in the life of the Japanese. Patchwork made not only futons from scraps of old kimono sewed new clothes, called Caumont. And along with this, a new type of textile crafts kinusayga (patchwork without a needle).

The peculiarity of this craft was a unique combination of painting and work with cloth. With carefully selected scraps of silk and wooden planks painted picturesque real picture. For this drawing or plot the future of the web is transferred to a tree on a path cut through the pattern grooves and flaps as paints, covered some elements of drawing, tucking the edges of patches to cut through the furrow. However, this kind of needlework pursued not applied, but only creative goals.

 Japanese patchwork technique

Features Japanese patchwork

For the layman in patchwork quilting from Japan is no different from a traditional English embroidery. However, this outlandish technique has its own characteristics and its own distinctive features:

  • Firstly, Japanese patchwork characterized by the simultaneous use of patchwork and stёzhki.
  • Secondly, the figures in the Japanese patchwork abundance of different colors. A symbol of the craft began to open flowers. However, geometric ornaments, symbolizing the rice fields, are also characteristic of Japanese patchwork.
  • Third, it is used in different crafts its tissues. Unlike traditional patchwork, which work mainly with cotton fabrics, Japanese quilting preferred silk.
  • Fourth, the Japanese quilting using a special technique Sachiko - embroidery stitch "forward needle".

Thus, the characteristic features of Japanese patchwork can be called a combination stёzhki with patchwork embroidery, using mostly silk fabrics and patterns in the form of flowers and geometric patterns.

Stёzhka Sachiko

The traditional Japanese stёzhki patchwork has its historical roots. Initially stёzhku used for sewing multilayer warm blankets and clothing. Then suddenly it became clear that quilted clothing successfully plays the role of military armor. Well, quilted armor munitions have become an indispensable subject of Japanese warriors: such "body armor" protects against a glancing blow of the sword and arrows. In fairness it should be noted that quilted armor worn by not only Japanese soldiers, but the soldiers of China, Korea and India.

Stёzhka Japanese patchwork and different techniques. Traditionally, Japanese Sachiko quilts used machines with thin dotted lines stitch. And such stёzhka not necessarily have to be straight. Patterns are allowed any: geometric, curvilinear, floral and abstract. Stёzhka contrasting thread can be performed on a monochromatic fabric can complement or add relief applique patchwork canvas. The main condition - which is equal to the length of the stitches, exceptional accuracy and brevity of the work pattern.

Sewing yosegire

Quilting in Japan was also endowed with special meaning. Extending the life of the old fabric it was considered an exercise of the spirit, and the patchwork robes were given as a sign of long life wishes. In addition, the history of Japanese patchwork closely linked to the Shinto religion, which gives the soul of all animate and inanimate things. Textiles and clothing in Japan has always been considered a special value, acted as a reward for good service and even in the role of money. And for Japanese women expensive silk meant the same thing as the jewelery to the residents of Europe.

In connection with the ban on the wearing of expensive fabrics representatives of the merchant class it was invented new fashion called "hidden elegance." In accordance with the laws of that fashion expensive clothes hidden under the other (more moderate), or used to sew it not the whole lengths of cloth and rags. This type of sewing and was named yosegire (stitching pieces).

This embroidery became fashionable not only as an opportunity to extend the life of the fabric, but also became a national arts and crafts. Flaps folded in patterns first accidentally and then deliberately. Then these patterns become complemented applique, then went to the art of porcelain painting, and then joined with embroidery Sachiko turned into a Japanese patchwork.

What is remarkable. Fashion Crazy-quilt - a European interpretation of Japanese patchwork: Japanese fabric woven so skillfully that seem decorated with rich embroidery. When in the late nineteenth century, the exhibition of Japanese culture in Philadelphia were presented screens made of brocade patches, many women have decided that pieces of silk fabric embroidered. This idea was borrowed for the manufacture of Crazy-quilt, which began to be decorated with embroidery.

 Japanese patchwork quilting


A real unique feature of Japanese patchwork is handmade. Most Japanese women do not use the sewing machine, because it used to do everything "for real." And what could be more real than the manual work? That is why traditional Japanese Quilt gather and quilt sewn by hand.

Also in Japan retained the popularity of "recycling" - stirring by old things into new ones. And this is part of the Japanese reception of patchwork. Generally Japanese patchwork included in the category of Fine Arts: it is not easy English patchwork, quilting or the roughness of the US-turretless Crazy patchwork.

Elegant design, fine workmanship, lightweight fabrics and manual execution distinguish this kind of patchwork of all these techniques. Here, too, the Japanese were able to distinguish themselves by learning to create something absolutely sublime in the everyday and mundane. An amazing country and amazing culture!

 Japanese patchwork - the art of patchwork

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