I learned a lot from this project. One of the things I had the most difficulty with before was binding. Traditionally, silk thread is used to bind the little “bouquet” of flowers to the hair fork. I wasn’t sure exactly how it worked, but I decided to first tape the bouquet to the fork with double sided tape before binding them together with embroidery thread.
I felt bad at first; like I was somehow cheating. Then, when I was studying one of the kanzashi I bought in Japan I saw a little piece of tape poking out from under the silk threads. I could tell it was tape because of the telltale pinked edge made by the tape dispenser’s blade. I also noticed that the threads have a layer of glue over the top to add durability and, I would guess, keep the threads from shifting. It made me feel better, and realize that regardless of the materials and tricks you use, what matters is that you achieve a beautiful end result.
I don’t have a huge collection of kanzashi from Japan, but I might make a post at some point showing them off and maybe discussing a little bit about where I bought them from.
So far I’ve made asters, camellias and plums blossoms. Which one is your favorite?