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Rosette Construction

I use these build technique for all my rosettes, and most of my hair ties & barrettes. I have been asked about my general process many times, so figured I would share.

As for the material, I will usually use either (1) rubber sheeting (or 'lap-pad') or I will use (2) a thick stabilizer.

The lap-pad has a cotton “flannel” feel to it, and has a sheet of plastic inside. The stabilizer reminds me of the back of a tablet cardboard, or general 'card stock' depending on how thick of material you use. The key in this case is it has to be material that will not fray when cut.

Fig. 1: Working on Frame When using the lap-pad, I need to use a hoop. When I use the stabilizer I purchase a thickness that will stand on its own. If you look at figure 1 you will note the pencil lines. When I work on rosettes I will sketch out a number of lines that divide the circle equally. Note that purple/orange one is divided into 8 pieces. The red one is also in 8 (harder to see) but you will also note the leaves have been sketched in.

Working with a hoop can create a lot of fabric waist. Often when I will be using a hoop I actually go for one much larger then the project. Then in the edges I will do additional rosettes. In figure 1 the purple/orange was the 'planned' project. The rose barrette was secondary, and I ended up putting one more before cutting/removing.

 Fig. 2: Button as Spacer on Frame The hardest part about making a rosette is getting the nice round shape.

Fig. 3: Tracing onto plastic lid

Fig. 4: Lids cut smaller then work

Fig. 5: Leather backing cut

Although the crafts seen on this site are 'Native American Inspired', they are not created by an enrolled member of any tribe. All crafts seen are made by me, unless otherwise noted. Feathers of protected species shown here are either repoduction, or natural alternative.

craftwork/beadwork/rosette_construction.txt · Last modified: 2016/05/10 15:19 by Kevin Squire