A few weeks ago I shared a project on my blog that featured shaped roses I made using crinoline. I received several requests to share how I made them so I am sharing that here today. You can find a printable version of this tutorial at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/42673645/Crinoline-Roses.
You will need crinoline, a flower die (I used Tim Holtz’s Alterations Tattered Floral Die), a spray colorant (I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist), Distress Ink (I used Walnut Stain), and a quick drying liquid glue (I used Helmar’s 450 Quick Dry).
You will find crinoline at most fabric stores, especially stores that carry special occasion fabrics since crinoline is often used for slips and under skirts to give volume and shape. I really like using crinoline for die cuts because it is fairly stiff, cuts nicely, and doesn’t fray. If you can’t find crinoline, a similar alternative is buckram. Buckram is stiffer but has a similar look and weave. It comes in different weights and is often used in millinery items like bridal head pieces. Again, it should be easy to locate at any fabric store with special occasion fabrics. (I found both of these at my local Jo-ann’s for $2.99 each. They also offer crinoline and buckram online.) (edited 2/13 check out this post for additional help regarding crinoline: http://tammytutterow.com/2012/01/crinoline-help-and-facts/)
Keep in mind that both of these fabrics are dry clean only so if you were thinking of using the flowers on a clothing item they would need to be removable. Also keep in mind that Glimmer Mist is not color fast to fabric so if it is used on a fabric item you would wash, the color will eventually wash out.
You will need three six petaled flowers. (The flower shown is the large flower from the Alterations Tattered Floral Die.)
Spray both sides of the flowers with the desired color of Glimmer Mist. Crinoline because soft when wet and takes the color very well. (Color shown Lemon Zest.)
To add shading, you can apply a second complimentary color to the wet flowers. Use a dry cloth to pat the flowers to remove excess spray. (Color shown Sunflower.)
For this flower, I added a third color to tone down the brightness of the yellow and add a bit more variation to the color. (Color shown Vanilla Breeze.)
Pat the flowers dry with a cloth and then dry with a heat tool. The original texture of the crinoline will return when it is dry. Use an ink applicator too to apply Distress Ink to the edges of the flowers.
Cut the three flowers: one flower has a single cut between two petals; one flower has one petal removed; and one flower has two petals removed (kept in one piece). Cut a circle out of the middle of each flower.
Begin with the flower that has all six petals. Apply a small amount of adhesive along the center edge of one of the petals next to the cut.
Combine the two petals on each side of the slit to create one petal. Once assembled, this flower will have five petals.
Cut one of the two petals off just above the adhesive. Repeat the process for the flower that had one petal removed; once it is assembled and trimmed it will have four petals. Repeat the process again for the flower that had two petals removed; once it is assembled and trimmed it will have three petals.
Place a small amount of adhesive along the straight edges of the two petal section.
Roll the piece into a tube so that the two straight edges can be adhered together.
Place a small amount of adhesive on the straight edge of the single petal.
Roll the petal into a tube so that the edge with the glue is on the outside and will hold the tube in place.
Once the pieces are assembled and trimmed, you will have: one five petal flower, one four petal flower, one three petal flower, one two petal flower, one single petal tube, and three single cut petals.
If you would like to shape the petals, you can easily roll them around a round tool to create curved petals.
Place a small amount of adhesive around the center of the five petal flower.
Place the four petal flower on top of the five petal flower, pressing it into the adhesive. Hold it in place until the adhesive is set. Again, apply adhesive to the center of the flower and place the three petal flower into the center of the flower.
Apply adhesive to the tip of the two petal flower and place it down into the center of the assembled flower.
Place adhesive on the tip of the single petal tube and place it down into the center of the flower.
Place adhesive along the straight edges of the trimmed petals.
Tuck the petals into the assembled flower anywhere you feel they are needed to balance the look of the flower. In this example, I added one next to the two petal flower tube to make it look like there are three petals on that layer. The other two were placed randomly on the flower.
Once the adhesive is dry, you can trim the tips of the tubes on back of the flower as needed.
The finished flower can be used as an embellishment on book, home decor, or altered item. By adding a few fabric leaves and a pin back you can have a gorgeous fashion accent.