Learn to turn leftover fabric pieces into beautiful bouquets of flowers with Yu-Zhen Lu’s new book, “Handmade Fabric Flowers, 32 Beautiful Blooms to Make” (St. Martin’s Press/$24.99).
Lu takes readers on a step-by-step process to produce very life-like florals, including roses, peonies, daises, pansies. Details are added with the use of different textures of fabrics — silk, lace, velvet, ribbon, etc.
Photographs have been included to suggest ways for using the intricately handmade florals. They can be attached to a headband for wearing in the hair, worn as a pin, used to embellish a purse, pinned to a hat, or strung together to create the perfect bracelet for spring and summer months.
Lu, who earned her senior teacher accreditation from the Japan Ribbon Flower Making Association, teaches fabric flower-making classes in Taiwan.
For a chance to win a copy of this book, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me a short story about your favorite flower. Please put the word “flowers” in the subject line, and REMEMBER to include your name and address.