Suggested by *Cayca
Hello everybody! I've got one last submission to this month's challenge to share with you:
Beautiful! Well, I'll see you all next week with a new challenge for September/October!
Another beautiful submission to this challenge, check it out:
Next week will be the last for this challenge, and then we'll have a new challenge for September/October! See you next week!
Hi! We have a few new submissions to the challenge this week, another fun and unusual use of tsumami kanzashi: eyepatches! You all are so creative, I love it!
Also, I noticed a few tsumami kanzashi that were submitted to the gallery folders but not the favorites folder for the Challenge, so here's just a friendly reminder that it doesn't count for the Challenge unless it's in the favorites gallery (but it can be in both, so fear not- you don't have to choose between them!).
Anyways, see you all next week!
Happy Friday, folks! I'm having fun at a convention this weekend, and I hope your weekend promises to be just as fun. Anyways, there's no new submissions for this week, but I'm happy to announce the Member of the Month for July- congratulations *NyaSkory!
Hello everyone! I hope you're having an excellent week. I have a submission to the Tsumami Kanzashi challenge for you to check out:
How cute! I thought it was pretty creative to use the fabric flowers as decoration on a plush. I don't think I've seen that before! Anyways, I'll see you all next week!
Sorry about the missed update! Unfortunately there aren't any submissions for this challenge yet- but I'm looking forward to seeing some cool stuff!
The Creative Craft Challenge is a monthly feature where we introduce our members to different crafts. Every month I’ll give you a little background on a craft that you might not have heard of and show you a few great tutorials to encourage you to give it a try and show us your work.
So join me every month and put your skills and creativity to the test with lessons and tutorials, examples, and a place to show off your work. Your submissions will be featured in our favorites gallery and in this very blog!
Remember, the aim of the challenge is to introduce you to crafts that you might not have heard about or tried before. They won't require any expensive materials or years of training and expertise to complete. The idea is to challenge you to go out of your usual field of work and try something new!
This challenge is NOT a contest or a display of professional work, but a fun opportunity to broaden your crafting horizons. NO prizes are involved and everyone will be featured!
To clear up a question a few people have asked: The %ArtisanCraft gallery folders and favorite folders are not linked- you can submit the same piece to both the gallery and the favorites if you like, no problem. Also, the two deviations per month limit does not apply to favorites folders, so please feel free to add as many submissions as you would like.
Previous Creative Craft Challenges
At the end of every month one participant will be chosen as %ArtisanCraft's Member of the Month and will be featured on our profile page for the entire next month. The Member of the Month for June is *Coilekxais. Congratulations!
I'm spending this month prepping for a big anime convention- so to celebrate, I thought I'd share with you a craft suggested by *Cayca- tsumami kanzashi, beautiful folded fabric decorations. A lot of times you will see these referred to simply as kanzashi, but that's a little misleading. The term kanzashi refers to the ornaments used in traditional Japanese hairstyles. There's a huge variety of kanzashi, and some include tsumami kanzashi.
Tsumami kanzashi is a little like origami in that it involves carefully folding squares of fabric, but unlike origami, it is usually set in place with thread or glue. You can also combine tsumami kanzashi with other decorations- crystals and beads, origami pieces, etc.- to create a mixed media piece. It's not only limited to flowers, either, although those are common. Much like modular origami, the "petals" can be combined to create many different kinds of shapes and effects.
These days, tsumami kanzashi aren't only used for traditional hair ornamentation. You see them all over the place, as decorations and jewelry- the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!
You do NOT have to use any of the tutorials here to submit your art, they are only suggestions to help get you started. If you need some more references or directions, there are many more tutorials both here on dA and all over the internet.
A few tutorials here on dA:
A very long tutorial! Links to the rest of the parts can be found in the artist's comments. I advise downloading
Long tutorial part 1
A simple flower tutorial with lots of good pictures.
A tutorial for two types of petals
Pointed and round petals
Other tutorials that may come in handy for making tsumami kanzashi
Wire stamens for fabric flowers
Thread puffs for decorating fabric flowers
Making a simple base for tsumami kanzashi
Tips for dyeing silk
A few video tutorials off-dA:
Tsumami Kanzashi videos on YouTube
Simple flower video tutorial
Tutorial blog entry with videos
Some examples to give you a little inspiration:
Now it's your turn to try your hand at tsumami kanzashi!
Every Friday I'll update this journal to feature our member's creations.
To submit your tsumami kanzashi:
Go to the %ArtisanCraft homepage, click on "Faves" (down along the left), click artisancraft.deviantart.com/fa… (CCC 31- Tsumami Kanzashi) (along the left side), then click the "Suggest a Favorite" button (top right), and you're in!
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the monthly Creative Craft Challenge, this craft, or anything else, please feel free to comment here, on the Creative Craft Challenge of the Month blog, or by sending me a note to me, =Animus-Panthera.