An introduction to Silk Flower-making


A tailor-made, one or two day course exclusively for Telegraph Luxury readers.

Choose from making a rose, peony or poppy, at a mutually suitable time.

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A wonderful opportunity to spend a day or two with Anne, via Zoom, and learn specialist flower-making skills that can fast-track you to making beautiful silk blooms and leaves. You will learn some of the processes of this rare craft (as well a few secrets!) and I will send you a collection of all the specialist tools and materials you will need for this course and beyond (see the More Information tab for a complete list).

This course is suitable for a beginner, with some basic hand-sewing skills.

Each day will be divided over two Zoom sessions (to allow for a lunch break), for a total of six hours. We can fine-tune the timing to fit with any preferences you may have. I suggest we meet 15 minutes before we start for a chat and to introduce ourselves.

    On the one-day course you will learn the basics of :

  • stiffening silk enabling the petals to retain their shape
  • cutting out petals
  • mixing dyes and colouring the petals
  • making the centre of the flower and adding stamens
  • constructing the flower
  • making the calyx
  • binding stems

    On the two-day course you can choose to:

  • make buds and leaves
  • cover a headband and add a comb
  • secure your flower and leaves to the headband
  • or, make another flower!

I will also provide you with useful information, including a worksheet, suppliers list, templates and tips enabling you to carry on making after the tutorial, with email support. The price also includes the recording of our Zoom session(s), plus a catch-up meeting on Zoom, where we can look at your completed flower.

You will need to have some basic household items to hand:

  • an iron and ironing board (or folded cotton cloth on a table)
  • a folded, dampened flannel
  • paper towels / kitchen roll
  • an apron

The exclusive flower-making collection includes all the specialist tools and materials you will need to make your flower, and to continue making flowers in the future:

— A set of 8 traditional flower-making tools
— Electric hot plate to heat tools
— Pads for shaping petals and leaves
— Japanese shading and blending brushes
— Tulip Milliners needles
— Tulip Glass-head pins
— Pointed tweezers
— Sharp scissors
— Small pliers
— Frixion Pen
— My ‘Colour Collection’ set of Procion dyes
— Pots to mix and store your diluted dyes
— Colour Wheel
— Fabric stiffener
— Japanese PVA glue
— Prepared silk
— Guteman silk thread
— Japanese flat silk thread
— Flower-making wires
— Blotting paper
— Plastic sheet to protect your work surface