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Project

Straw Flowers

Make charming straw flowers inspired by vintage crafts of the 1960s, the decade in which Lilly Pulitzer's brightly colored prints first rose to fame.

Introduction

For more information on Cathy Callahan's flower looms and kits to make the flowers, visit cathyofcalifornia.com.

Materials

  • Synthetic raffia in two colors, raffit.com
  • Flower loom
  • Tape
  • Large craft or tapestry needle
  • Small pointed-tip craft scissors
  • Needle and thread (optional)
  • Hair clip or pin back (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Start with 4 yards of synthetic raffia, or pull straight from the spool; tape raffia to edge of loom to secure, leaving a 24-inch tail.

  2. Step 2

    Wrap raffia in figure-eight patterns around opposite pairs of outer pegs. Work clockwise until all pegs are wrapped, and go around two or three more times, creating three or four layers. Tape tail of raffia to side of loom to secure.

  3. Step 3

    Wrap the inner pegs of the loom with a different color, using the same technique to create two or three layers.

  4. Step 4

    Thread a craft needle with the 24-inch tail from the first color.

  5. Step 5

    Bring the needle up from the bottom of the loom through to the top, between a pair of petals near the center of flower. Avoid piercing the raffia as you do this. Sew small and large petal layers to one another by back-stitching the small petals to the large petals below them, around their bases.

  6. Step 6

    Turn the loom over and secure all loose ends by knotting the tails. Snip off excess raffia and gently remove the flower from the loom.

  7. Step 7

    Optional: Thread a 6-inch length of raffia through the loops of the small petals and tie ends together, cinching the petals, to create the look of the raised center of a daisy.

  8. Step 8

    Fluff the petals by placing the point of a pair of small scissors into a petal loop and opening up the scissors.

  9. Step 9

    Optional: Add a hair clip or pin to the back by sewing in place with needle and thread and wrapping with more raffia.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, March 2009

Reviews (10)

  • rock63roll64 7 Jul, 2010

    ANOTHER GREAT CRAFT!!! THESE FLOWERS ARE SOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL AND CAN BE USED IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. YOU CAN EVEN WEAR ONE ON YOUR HAIR FOR A HAWAIIAN LUAU!! THANKS!!

  • Susanne527 2 May, 2009

    This caught my eye because I make these with Quilling Paper - I also use skewers as the stems - cover them with florist tape, quilling paper or color them with Copic markers! I am going to try this on my Knifty Knitter looms! Fun!

  • smallz9597 2 May, 2009

    Does anyone know how to put these beautiful flowers onto "stems" so you can place them in a vase?

  • Kinderhook 2 May, 2009

    The video is right here. It's very helpful. I loved the wall piece behind them the most!

  • thecupcakegoddess 1 Apr, 2009

    These are FABULOUS! They look great, are so easy and the materials to make them are inexpensive and colorful! 5 stars all the way around!

  • thecupcakegoddess 1 Apr, 2009

    These are FABULOUS! They look great, are so easy and the materials to make them are inexpensive and colorful! 5 stars all the way around!

  • airdrome 16 Mar, 2009

    These are so simple and fun! what a great craft demonstration! I remember one of these looms being in my granny's sewing box. I never knew what it was for. I would love to see some ideas of things you can make with these.

  • donnaz08 13 Mar, 2009

    If you go to cathyofcalifornia.com she has really good pictures showing how to make the flowers. I have a flower loom that I bought thirty years ago to make a daisy afgan. After making many many flowers out of yarn they were stitched together to form a beautiful afgan of daisies.

  • craftmom3 12 Mar, 2009

    It would be great to have some pictures or the video from the show to see how these amazing flowers are made. I work at a thrift shoppe and knew we had one of these looms in our craft dept. The day before, I didn't know what it was for. I ran to the shoppe as soon as the show was over so that I could purchase it. I can't wait to start making the flowers. Thanks!

  • craftmom3 12 Mar, 2009

    It would be great to have some pictures or the video from the show to see how these amazing flowers are made. I work at a thrift shoppe and knew we had one of these looms in our craft dept. The day before, I didn't know what it was for. I ran to the shoppe as soon as the show was over so that I could purchase it. I can't wait to start making the flowers. Thanks!