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flower brooches

pursemaker | Posted in General Discussion on

Those flower brooches that are all the curredt rage look relatively easy to make. Does anyone have a pattern/directions to make one quickly? If not, how about a source for wholesale prices?



  1. SewTruTerry | | #1

    Look into books about ribbon work and you will find a lot of information.  Also instead of using ribbon just make a tube of bias fabric and use that to make the ribbon roses and what not.

  2. Peri | | #2

    Hello. I just read your message re: flower Broches de Flures. They are not that easy to make. I have been making them (practicing ) for about ten months. I have been in Europe for 6 years and started a small enterprise of making fancy gloves/cuffs but the flowers have intrigued me. Most of my sources are in Europe but there are a couple of companies in the US that sell sort of wholesale. If you look in the back of any ribbon flower book there is usually an index that tells you who sells retail and and who sells wholesale. THey have minimums and a few requirements. I am in Virginia.

    THE reason I write you is becasue I am trying to locate a specific RIbbon Flower maker who I believe makes the most beautiful art with ribbon flowers. I would like to attend one of her seminars or clases but do not know how to find her. I wrote to her via her publisher but have yet to hear back. I was thinking maybe you might know how or know someone who would know. Her name is Candace Kling and she does just fabulous work. She has a book called "The Artful Ribbon" She dazzles me.

    Perhaps, if you know where I can find her or one of her classes I would very much be in your debt. and, of course be very appreciative. In the alternative maybe you know someone who would know and you could/would forward this to them.? Thank you very much for your time.


    Regards and Best Wishes


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    1. jonsar | | #3

      Hi. This is my first time to use a chat room, but when I saw you lived in Europe I had to write.  I have been living in Germany now for about 7 months and need resources for home dec fabric and notions.  I didn't bring much with me  and haven't found much here. Do you know where I could look?    

      Thanks a bunch!

      1. Peri | | #4

        I don't know Germany as well as France and Italy and England. I assume you are in the Military. I buy wholesale for most of my textiles and I buy vintage. Since you left a lot of stuff in the US I would suggest you have it sent. IN ENgland it is impossible to get anyting woth spending sterling on.TEH Buck is bust. Subscribe to Threads which you probably do. When you get it scour the Ads as they will have everything you need at $$$ prices. France is the definately the country for textiles. GErmany would be the country for hard goods like scissors. IF you are buying EUropean goods such as irons or stereos or anything that is on their voltage. CHeck out whether it is dueal voltage. I have a couple of Pfaffs and my newer one has a switch that you can convert to either US currency or European.


        One piece of advice completely unsolicited and maybe not even interested is this. Throw yourself into the country. If you are ther because of the military don't be afraid to venture out of the US community. Get down with the peopel and you will find out evrything you need to know. Take advantae of your time there and travel. YOU will find the most wonderful village markets and fairs. France has the best and most beautiful fabrics old and new. In Paris there si a district where you will die for fabrics. BLocks and blocks of shops. Don't believe the French are rude or hostile. I have never had a bad experience there. YOU can't beat Italy for leather. Try to find where locals shop. Ask questions. People love to help. 


        MOstly..have a wonderful time. It will change your life if you let it. Don't be afraid ,have fun, and this probably has no relationship to your question. OH !England has good sewing needles. Hand needles. John James.

        Wish I was back there.






  3. ElonaM | | #5

    Are you talking about something like this crocheted flower?


    1. Elisabeth | | #6

      How cute! I like it when things like this become fashionable, things that are easy and inexpensive for people to make. With this particular fashion I am now amused by my opinions when I was about 12 years old in the 60's. My grandmother who had a millinery business when she was much younger used to whip up these flowers in thick yarns and stick them on her hat or jacket and I used to think yuk! that is sooo tacky! doesn't she know! She also had some embroidery habits that drove me crazy. If she had a stain or perhaps a small hole from her cigarette ash on her suit or sweater she would embroider a large flower over the spot using fat glossy cotton in a matching color. These embroideries could show up just about anywhere on her clothes and I would think oh how gross! i'm so embarrased! Thank goodness I grew up to realize how creative she really was. And today all her quirky methods would be high fashion!!!

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