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These, my friends, are brand-spanking-new Kanzashi Makers from Clover! They aren't even in craft stores yet - they're in the process of launching right now!
And lucky me, I get to accompany the Clover team to Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City this weekend. I'll be demonstrating these bad boys throughout the show.
If you've ever tried Clover's yo-yo makers (and you should – they're amazing), these Kanzashi Makers work very similarly. You fold the fabric inside the plastic template, and then follow a series of numbered stitch holes. Remove the template, pull the thread, and BAM! Petal!
The templates neatly solve the two biggest issues people have with the method in my book, namely: the backs of the Round petal style popping out when you assemble your flower; and the potential for stringing petals facing the wrong way.
Here are a few flowers I've made with them recently, so you can see the three petal styles at work. In fact, all of these will be on my person at some time or other at the Market.
(That's a trade-only event, but if you'll be there and you read this, I'd love to say howdy in person!)