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  1. GREAT tutorial! I love your fabric rose tutorial (that’s how I found you in the first place). I had tried my hand at making leaves, too but gave up. I started as you have by cutting leaf shape with pinking shears then singing, however I didn’t get the stem right. Your solution is wonderful! (FYI I tried heating a metal skewer and then touched it to the center of the leaf thinking it would look like a vein – it either melted the leaf or, if cooler, did nothing so I gave up.) Thanks for the wonderful post! Do you mind if I feature it this week on CraftyInnovation.com?

  2. Brenda

    Cool! I suggest a couching foot for your machine. It’s got a groove on the underside that will hold the wire in position and reduce the likelihood of hitting it with your needle.

  3. It never fails Brenda. I leave out some comment in my instructions and you find it! For the sake of brevity, I left this out: I was using a clear foot hoping to get a better photo. I was actually using a satin stitch foot when making the leaves – it has a groove for the thick stitches to pass through.

    I also have a clear couching foot for attaching things like a string of beads or thick yarns, but I rarely use it.

    • Brenda… I LOVE having friends like that. Somebody has to keep me in line, and it’s certainly not going to be me. 😉

  4. Thank you! WE really can have anything we want at DuhBe’s restaurant!! Heh, either you are an Arlo fan or you’re dating yourself. I am both!

    • Yep, I’m an Arlo fan. I can’t eat a pickle without singing about riding my motorsickle. (I don’t even have a motorcycle, but I sing it anyway – just to drive my teenage daughter nuts!)

  5. Loved this and linked it for my sewing friends!
    You are talented, generous AND funny: unbeatable!

    Best regards from Norway and Eva Mari 😀

  6. I have searched thoroughly for the quickest and easiest way to build these roses and you top all the other tutorials by miles. Not only is your method easier and faster but the final product is more realistic as well. AND I am so glad to find someone who is making roses out of something other than the floppy organza. In some cases, one simply needs to have a stiffer flower and can’t rely on the floppyness of couture flower (as they call them.) You are a definite blessing to the build-your-own world of crafting. For more leaf ideas take a look at a rose garden rose: note the leaf structure of five leaves per branch just below the rose base thin leaves. With your fancy machine you would be able to whip up some impressive leaf groupings that resemble real rose leaf structures and add them to your fabulously-real-looking fabric roses. Blessings!!! and I look forward to more postings from the creative recessess of your mind.
    Debra at PVGardening

  7. Michelle

    Do you think it would be possible to make a leaf or rose petal similar to this that bends all the way around instead of in the middle? I’m a costumer/cosplayer, and I’m currently working on http://rynncosplay.com/images/_wr.jpg

    I want to take all of her petals, and make them bendable. I was thinking that maybe I’d be able to use this method, but sew the wire all the way around the petal for the bending structure. Do you think that’s possible? I figured I’d ask you, because your amazing rose tutorial helped to teach me how to make the millions of roses that are also going into this work!

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