Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Paper Flower Books

Paper flower-making books are having a well-deserved moment. The good news is that there's not a dud in the bunch. How to choose? It depends on what you're looking for. Below, some points about each book. Click on the title for a link back to my original blogpost review.
The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers
By Livia Cetti

Abrams & Chronicle Books 2014

Paperback, £14.99

If you are a paper flower traditionalist, and your goal is to make realistic-looking flowers, then this is the book for you. Most of the flowers are made of crepe or tissue paper. Lovely section on painting techniques. Floristry skills to the fore. For paper flower artistes.
How to Make 100 Paper Flowers 
By Maria Noble
Creative Publishing International 2013
Hardcover, spiral-bound, £16.99

Here you will find the best of both worlds - trad crepe paper lookalikes up front, crafty fun stuff (cupcake liner flowers, origami, quilled designs) in the back. A good choice if you plan on crafting with the kids.
Paper Blooms
By Jeffery Rudell

Lark Crafts, February 2014

Paperback, £ 12.99
Not every papercrafter likes working exclusively with crepe paper and tissue paper. If you like to flower-craft with firmer papers of different types and textures, and are into paper manipulation and pattern cutting, then this is the book for you. Lots of amazingly clever folding techniques. Many of the flowers are layered.  
Paper to Petal

By Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell

Potter Craft, October 2013

Hardcover, £16.99

This title makes a great gift book. It is hard-covered and the production values are lush - all-singing, all-dancing. It is great for opulent party makes and quality fun stuff. Excellent on crepe paper flower-making skills. Good use of prints and patterns in the designs.