It takes literally hours upon hours to cut,shape and assemble each bloom !!
Since I worked on a new accessory collection recently and I use only my own handmade flowers in my fascinators ,I want to share the making of ,of my Peony Bliss
(I didn't capture all the steps ,but you still will be able to see the tedious work involved in making this one precious beauty)
In opposite to making satin or any other synthetic fiber flowers which you can form by heating directly after cutting ,cotton millinery flowers must be starched previously to cutting and heat setting...
So the first step of making cotton bloom would be starching well your fabric
Step 2 transfer your petal patterns to the previously treated fabric
To make one peony flower I needed to draw and cut total of 40 separate petals
step 3 cut the petals
The fabric didn't have enough body the first time I starched ,so I repeated the starching procedure one more time with each petal I previously cut
This is how I air dried my 40 petals^^
Now each petal's twirls are formed by heat setting the shape with a metal ball shaped tool
after all the petals were formed ,I assembled them into a nice peony cluster
and Peony Bliss was born