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Creative Craft Challenge: Tsumami Kanzashi

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 12, 2013, 9:03 PM

Suggested by Cayca

Weekly update

Hello everybody! I've got one last submission to this month's challenge to share with you:

Tsumami kanzashi by GreatShinigami

Beautiful! Well, I'll see you all next week with a new challenge for September/October!

Previous updates

Another beautiful submission to this challenge, check it out:

SAKURA in Summer Kanzashi by rinei

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!

:thumb389988708: :thumb389989727:

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! :dance:

Hello everyone! I hope you're having an excellent week. I have a submission to the Tsumami Kanzashi challenge for you to check out:

Flower Rabbit by NyaSkory

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!

Welcome to this month's Creative Craft Challenge!

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

Member of the Month

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 Stephie-Wesson. Congratulations!

Tsumami Kanzashi

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
:bulletblue: Long tutorial part 1 :bulletblue:

A simple flower tutorial with lots of good pictures.
:bulletblue: Simple tutorial :bulletblue:

A tutorial for two types of petals
:bulletblue: Pointed and round petals :bulletblue:

Other tutorials that may come in handy for making tsumami kanzashi
:bulletblue: Wire stamens for fabric flowers :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Thread puffs for decorating fabric flowers :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Making a simple base for tsumami kanzashi :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Tips for dyeing silk :bulletblue:

A few video tutorials off-dA:
:bulletblue: Tsumami Kanzashi videos on YouTube :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Simple flower video tutorial :bulletblue:
:bulletblue: Tutorial blog entry with videos :bulletblue:


Some examples to give you a little inspiration:

Ichiyuki Kanzashi Set by Kurokami-Kanzashi Peony Kanzashi by Kanzashi-Hime Monarchia Kanzashi by SincerelyLove Tiger and Bamboo Kanzashi by Kurokami-Kanzashi Three Friends Of Winter Kanzashi by SincerelyLove Peony Kanzashi I by Kurokami-Kanzashi Orange Blossom. Kanzashi 01 by hanatsukuri ajisai bridal hair set. hydrangea tsumami kanzashi by hanatsukuri Asagao Kanzashi by Kanzashi-Hime Little Princess Kanzashi by SincerelyLove Red-Beige Kawaii Butterfly Kanzashi Headband by KawaiiRoxX Candy Kiss kanzashi by elblack Kanzashi King Fisher by hanatsukuri Ebi kanzashi by elblack Goldfish Kanzashi. Kingyo. by hanatsukuri Sakura-ko Kanzashi by Kurokami-Kanzashi Junior maiko ume kanzashi by elblack Changing Leaves Moon Kanzashi by myloko Nanohana - Maiko Kanzashi Set - SOLD by Kurokami-Kanzashi Night dahlia kanzashi by elblack Water Garden Kanzashi Set by EruwaedhielElleth Fuji-sama Maiko Set by Kurokami-Kanzashi Spring Sakura. Kanzashi Set. by hanatsukuri Phoenix kanzashi by hanatsukuri Maiko Wisteria Kanzashi by Kaijou-Akai Peach Pink Kanzashi by Corselia Hunter's Moon Tsumami Kanzashi by hanatsukuri Chinese Bell Flower Maiko Pin by Kurokami-Kanzashi Large white butterfly kanzashi by elblack Kanzashi R02 by Rinmeothichca Silver Snowflake by Kurokami-Kanzashi Year of the Snake Tsumami Kanzashi by hanatsukuri Teal kusudama kanzashi by elblack Turquoise Butterfly by Kurokami-Kanzashi Snowdrop Kanzashi by Guip-in-a-Box Wisteria kanzashi by WhimsicalArtisan Tsumami Kanzashi boutonniere. by hanatsukuri Crane Kanzashi by Corselia

Get Crafting!

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:
:bulletgreen: Go to the ArtisanCraft homepage, click on "Faves" (down along the left), click… (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.

Add a Comment:
Eviecats Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
That plush is so adorable, I used silk cherry blossoms on an art doll once, omg they were such a pain to sew on and the stalk while flexible makes it a bit more rigid than I'd like, I think this type would work much better what a wonderful idea!  
BellaGBear Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that looks pretty :) Infortunately I do not have the materials present right now so have to pass on this one :(
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, that's too bad! :<
Nanahuatli Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I've been meaning t try tsumami kanzashi for a while, but I don't think I'll be able to get to it just yet. I eventually will, though. One day... one day.
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, that's too bad! Well at the end of the year we usually have a "try one of the old CCC's" challenge, so maybe you'll have time around then. Hopefully!
Hisietari Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I guess I should get my lazy butt back into jewellery. ;) If writing/comics weren't so spellbinding...
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah ha ha, they are pretty fun! Maybe next time you've got writer's block you can take a break to do a little crafting.
Hisietari Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
I'm more writer's blocked than anything else, so I guess that won't take long. ;P *still knocking on wood*

Jokes aside, do I remember correctly that submissions are to go into the favourites folder, as opposed to gallery submissions?
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah ha, I completely understand that feeling. :/ Maybe it'll help!

They can go in both! They have to go in the favorites folder to be part of the Challenge, but they can also go in our regular galleries if you want.
Hisietari Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Okidoki, thanks a lot! :)
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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