UPDATE: I've made some quick video tutorials on basic kanzashi petals, you can see them here: www.youtube.com/channel/UCiIwh…
I decided to make a chart of all the kanzashi petal types I know how to make. I'm pretty certain only a small handful are actually traditional kanzashi techniques, but I've seen all of these types floating around the internet at one time or another, and I thought it would be neat to get them all in one place. These are all made from crisp fabrics, softer fabrics will look a little different.
I'm thinking about doing a short set of tutorials detailing how to make each petal, as an aide to anyone who doesn't want to scour the internet for individual instructions. Maybe I can compile them into a .pdf or something for easy storage. I'm also working on a brush set for kanzashi artists who use their computer paint programs to design. I've planned a few kanzashi that way and I have found it useful.
What do you think? Is anyone interested?
Chart list: (Please note that I don't know the actual names of the petals, these are just what I call them.)
1. reverse round petal
2. reverse round petal variation: inside pinch
3. reverse round petal variation: outside pinch
4. reverse round petal variation: outside edges pinched together
5. stacked round petals (nestled in on top of each other, can also be done with pointed or mixed petals)
6. concentric round petals
7. concentric pointed petals
8. pleated round petal
9. reverse of pleated round petal (slightly more concave)
10. pleated pointed petal
11. narrow pleated round petal (Squarish edge)
12. narrow pleated pointed petal
13. single pleat pointed petal (like what you get from a Clover brand kanzashi template)
14. doubled round petal
15. doubled pointed petal
16. standard pointed petal closed
17. standard pointed petal open
18. reverse pointed petal (good for lilies, poinsettias)
19. reverse pointed petal trimmed to lay flat
20. convex pointed petal
21. other side of no. 13
22. concave pointed petal
23. standard round petal open
24. standard round petal closed
25. standard round petal variation: inside pinch (sakura)
26. standard round petal variation: outside pinch (bellflower)
27. standard round petal variation: two inside pinches
28. standard round petal variation: pinched corners
29. long and narrow round petal
30. long and narrow pointed petal
(standard round and pointed petals made from large squares of fabric and trimmed, can be starched into different shapes)
31. triangle (rose petal, can also be rolled to make buds)
33. squared sides
34. morning glory puff petal
You always want to trim loose threads off your petal before you glue them down, but whether you trim the base and end or not depends on
what angle you want the petal to sit. If you leave the end intact, you can flip your petal around and have a pointed petal with a wide base for designs like stars. You just have to make sure the edge is sealed to prevent fraying.
If you choose not to trim the base, your petals will have a sharper angle, and in the case of the round petal, the base will be wide and spread out. This works well for bellflower or sakura designs.
I have also seen kanzashi with notches or designs snipped into the ends, especially carnation types or other flowers with ragged edges. If you do this, use glue or rice paste and seal the edges well.