Silk lotus flower: The silk lotus flower is easy to construct, but looks very luxurious. You can make it in any size, but pick fabrics that tend towards stiff, like silk taffeta, or dupione. You can singe the edges of the petals with a flame (the flower here is singed), or just leave the cut edges raw. Also, after you master the basic technique, you can experiment with different petal shapes.
Cutting the petals: You will cut five units to construct the flower. Begin by cutting squares, measuring the size you want the flower. In our example, I’m using a 3″ square. For the demonstration, I’m using paper, so you can see the process.
Fold the square in half. Fold one side up in thirds. Fold the other side up. Fold the entire unit in half lengthwise. Cut as shown. Open it out, and one unit will look like…
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