Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Sterling Innovation; BOX edition (April 1, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 2 x 9.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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It's okay - barely. First of all, the paper included is not crepe paper, but some kind of textured tissue like paper. And since the photos in the book show her using crepe, it is confusing. Since I already had some crepe paper on hand, I haven't yet used the paper in the kit. Therefore, I can't review the paper quality.The instructions were okay, but needed a little editing. For example, in the middle of the directions for the water lily style of dahlia, there is an instruction that made little sense: "Take 10 petals, and fold them like this". Now you have 5 small petals, one of which is already taped to the wire, and you have 10 large petals. Okay, she must mean the 10 large petals are folded like that. Except later she shows you how to attach the 10 large, and they are not folded or creased in any way.Also, if you use crepe. then there are shaping techniques that make the petals look very realistic (cupping, for example), but she makes no reference to them, which might be a reference back to the fact that she knew the paper that would go in the kit would not work like that.This would probably work best as a gift for someone who wanted to dabble and see if they liked making paper flowers, although even as a gift, there are better options.
I was not as pleased as I'd hoped with this kit. First, and most importantly, the paper that was included in the kit was not actually crepe paper, but some other type of decorative, textured paper. However, this paper has no grain or stretch like crepe paper, and is pretty much just scrapbook or craft paper. In addition, I was not very impressed with the flowers included in the book. Most of the flowers are very simplistic, and don't really resemble the flowers they're modeled after (particularly the daffodils). It would probably be a fine book for beginners to crepe-paper flower making (well, if it actually included crepe paper), but I've found far better and more realistic projects in other books. I'd recommend Maria Noble's 100 Paper Flowers or Thuss & Farrell's Paper to Petal.
this was a huge disappointment. why make and sell a kit with paper that is nothing like the paper that is suggested and demonstrated throughout the book? the paper provided is so thick to work with, the project becomes discouraging. one would be better off buying a great flower making book like livia cetti's or rebecca thuss' and buying the proper supplies from blumchen or castle in the air. this was a big waste of money.
Pros: Good illustrations and templates. Good explanations. All in all, I'd say the book is helpful. The flowers won't fool you into thinking they're natural, but they're more realistic than some paper flowers. I consider the book worthwhile as an instruction book.Cons: As has been mentioned by several other reviewers, the paper is not the kind discussed in the book. Nor is its texture similar to that of flower petals. I can't see it being satisfactory for making paper flowers at all.I'd opt for getting the book, minus the extras. There are good tips in the book. Too bad the kit didn't supply the proper materials to go with them.
Very disappointed. The instructions are clear enough, but first and foremost the paper is NOT actual crepe paper. Seems somewhat pointless to buy a kit that doesn't have the same materials as pictured in the book and on the packaging. It defeats the purpose of buying a kit if the materials included are not what is needed to construct the projects that are illustrated.
I have no craft skills at all. But I am the curious sort. I loved seeing how this is done. I wish I'd known about Laurie Cinotto when I got married- I would have had her do all the flowers for my wedding.
Comes with all the things needed to make the flowers listed. The only problem is when making the flowers, floral tape is not sufficient for wrapping the paper around the wire. Working on another solution, and also trying some more to make sure it isn't just me. Beautiful book though, with lots of different designs and good for the beginner.
This is a beginners kit. If you have never made paper flowers before, this kit is for you. It comes with some materials to get started and that is helpful. There is a nice variety of paper flowers to make, but they look like paper flowers. I really like Livia Cetti's book better. I have been making paper flowers for a while now and I am more into the real flower look.
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