When I was blogging about my first dahlia last week, I was merely documenting my processes …
Since, now, it is featured as a tutorial, I feel the need to add a few additional information to make the step-by step process clearer
Treat the fabric (I was using silk organza) with PVA glue.
I did it by diluting PVA glue (30%) with water (70%). I covered my workspace with canvas tarp to keep my workspace clean (but you can use large garbage bag(s), used dry-cleaners’ plastic garment bag, or anything else that will do the job)
Using a foam brush (I got mine from Home Depot), I covered one side of the fabric (as evenly as possible) with the diluted PVA solution. I waited for a few minutes before I flipped the fabric over and covered the other side of the fabric with the same diluted PVA solution. Then, I hanged the fabric for a few hours until it’s completely dry. We know that it’s completely dry when the fabric becomes very stiff.
In the meantime, you can make the patterns for petals
I used 8 different sizes of petals … I started with the smallest biggest first. Once I determined the biggest petal size I’d like for the silk flower I made, I made the next (smaller) petal size by trimming 1/8″ (all around) the previous (bigger) petal (so,the pattern is 1/4″ less wide and 1/4″ less tall than the previous one). Repeat the process until you get 8 different petal sizes. I numbered the smallest petal #1 and the biggest petal #8
(In this picture, I covered my pattern pieces with several layers of acrylic gel because I usually cut the fabric directly while holding the pattern pieces and do not like it when the edges of the patterns I use are curling or become uneven)
When the PVA-treated fabric is ready (in other words, completely dry), cu tthe following number of petals
- Size 1: 15
- Size 2: 10
- Size 3: 12
- Size 4: 15
- Size 5: 15
- Size 6: 15
- Size 7: 22
- Size 8: 26
I actually made some extra petals, just in case
I sealed the edges of the petals by burning the edges with candle flame. I used a small tealight candle. Please do not put the fabric in the flame. Instead, put it near the flame (about 1/2″ away from the flame). Otherwise, the fabric might burn to a crisp. For the people who have not done this before, I recommend having a bowl of water in the vicinity, just in case … to extinguish the flame that might otherwise cause a burn injury.
You can follow the steps that are illustrated in my original post (http://angelicabrigade.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/silk-dahlia-001)
This is the first tutorial I’d ever write. I’ll write better ones next time.
Have a great weekend …