Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Fabric Flowers from Indygo Junction review and giveaway

I was recently asked if I would like to review Amy Barickman's (of Indygo Junction) newest book, Fabric Flowers and I jumped at the chance. I love all the fun ideas and techniques (at least 25 different ones) for fabric flowers that are contained in this beautiful book.  It's such a nifty reference with lots of pretty inspiration and information.
I love to work with wool and wool-felt, so I chose to create the large Spiral Bloom. I used the pattern and method in the book to create this rosette with the contrasting detail.
I also tried a slightly simplified version where I just stitched the outer edge, rather than adding the contrasting wool embellishment. I machine stitched using Aurifil wool thread to give the stitching extra thickness and I really like the result. I think I need to try more with wool thread too.



I really am impressed by the quality of this book - I would highly recommend it if you love creating floral embellishments - so many pretty ideas in one place. The video above gives a nice sampling of the projects and pictures from the book.
If you would like a look at other projects from the book, visit these other stops on the Fabric Flowers blog tour:
2/2/13 - Indygo Junction
2/4/13 - Kollabora
2/5/13 - CraftFoxes 
2/6/13 - Sewing Secrets 
2/7/13 - Princess Lasertron 
2/8/13 - Dollar Store Crafts 
2/11/13 - Tatertots & Jello 
2/12/13 - Family Ever After 
2/13/13 - This Mama Makes Stuff 
2/14/13 - Amy’s Creative Side 
2/15/13 - Today’s Creative Blog 
2/18/13 - Lazy Girl Designs
2/19/13 - Skip to My Lou
2/20/13 - The Sewing Loft
2/21/13 - The Crafty Cupboard
2/22/13 - Fishsticks Designs
2/25/13 - Taradara 
2/26/13 - Diary of a Quilter (moi)
2/27/13 - Craft Gossip
2/28/13 - How Joyful
3/1/13 - Lindsay Sews
3/4/13 - Flamingo Toes
3/5/13 - In Color Order
3/6/13 - See Kate Sew
3/7/13 - Handmade Charlotte
3/8/13 - Sew Caroline
3/9/13 - Indygo Junction Wrap Up Post, Bonus Giveaway & Free Project
And today, Indygo Junction is giving away a copy of the book and a collection of Clover Yo-Yo Makers in four different sizes. Some of the projects in the book are designed using the handy Clover products for creating embellishments. I love these yo-yo makers - they are so snazzy and slick - you can make the perfect looking yo-yo's so quickly.  
I've been experimenting creating yo-yo's out of fabrics besides quilter's cotton like linen and silky rayons. They turn out so pretty.

To enter to win a copy of Fabric Flowers and a collection of 4 Clover Yo-Yo Makers, just leave a comment on this post. Giveaway open until Saturday, March 2, midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Looks like a beautiful book. Thanks for the chance.

And as a gift to everyone Indygo Junction is giving you 20% off your next IndygoJunction.com order with the code FFBK17. Offer good until 5/1/13!

147 comments:

Missy Shay said...

What a fun book, I love fabric flowers, and can't way to try the yo yo makers!
missysaprons@gmail.com

Melody said...

This seem like a good book. Lots of new techniques to learn.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Carly R. said...

I have not made yo yos yet but would love to try. Thank you!

LandGirl1980 said...

What a wonderful looking book and a generous giveaway! Looks like it could very well help me answer my wedding flowers dilemma.

Lynn said...

Ohhh...I think some of these would be so sweet on a quilt for my girls! Love it!

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

I love to use fabric flower for hair clips for my little girl.

Laurel09 said...

I've read other reviews of this book also, and it looks like a good one. I haven't made flowers in the past, but I have a 2 year old daughter, and I suspect that the ability to make flower embelishments will come in handy in the coming years! Thanks for the chance to win!

Mischelle said...

This looks like a fun reference book. Thanks for the review and the chance to win.

LJ said...

I enjoyed that video but it sure made me want to have a closer look. I like your flower and think the extra detail is wonderful; now I'm curious as to how it's done.

dortha said...

I I think the idea of embellishing with flowers is great. Would love to win.

Maggie Hauer said...

What beautiful photos! I've never made flowers like these, but would love to try!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

What a fun looking book! With three daughters I'm sure I'd find some projects to do:)

UnikByYes said...

Lovely! As every other stop in this tour you did a wonderful job, I would love to make all of them, thank you for sharing!
Have a wonderful day
Liz

Courtneysews said...

Great book and give-away! Thanks for the chance to win!

Elizabeth said...

Free stuff. How could I refuse?

Elizabeth@roadnotchosen.blogspot.com

su montoya said...

I love working with wool. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah_L_N said...

I've not tried making yoyos or fabric flowers before, would love to have a go!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

What fun! Looks like a great book, thanks for the give away chance.

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

What a fun-looking book! I'd love to try some of the felting and recycling ones. Thanks for the chance to win!

manybooks said...

I just stopped by to say THANK YOU so very much for the lovely giveaway from Westwood - I was so thrilled to wake up to the "You Won!" email today. I truly love your blog and appreciate your inspirations and tutorials, and your generosity!
Thanks again,
manybooks (Linda)

Julie said...

This book looks awesome! Thanks for the chance!

Gill said...

Great book! I love the flower on the cover!
I've never made yo yos before!

Jeanie said...

The book looks great for making flowers to embelish art quilts. Love the clover yo-yo makers. Thanks so much!

Trin said...

Beautiful flowers! What an artist you are. Quite amazing.

Larry said...

I love flowers, thanks Amy. -Nancy

RaeLyn said...

What a fun book! It's so fun to see something a little different.

Tiff said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the giveaway. tiffandbran2005@gmail.com

Deb said...

I have several yoyo makers but haven't really used them - I'd love some inspiration! Thanks!

Connie said...

Wow! this looks like a great reference book...I love to make fabric flowers. They are so versatile. I'll have to purchase it if I don't win. Thanks! Connie in California

Shirley said...

Lovin' the Spring looks of all the flowers, would love to have this book!

ELNM said...

I've never tried projects with yo-yo's, but I do love working with felt. Thanks for showing us both the simple version and the one with the contrast trim. Beautiful!
ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

Sonia B said...

Looks like a beautiful book. Thanks for the chance.

Donna said...

I love working with wool felt, but it is so hard to find. The flowers in the book are gorgeous, thanks for the chance to win it!

Cheryl said...

What great flowers we've seen from the new book!!

Jenn said...

Exactly what I need! I love the beautiful flowers...fabric and flowers, perfect together! Also, I recently thought, "I need to learn how to make those cute yo-yo's". Thanks for the giveaway!

Nati said...

Thanks for the chance to win these fantastic prices!

KT said...

I would love to learn to make some new things!

allypally said...

Yoyo makers? There is such a thing? I was going to start a project this week that calls for yoyos, would love to make it easier! That looks like a great book... one to add to the list....

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a fun book! And I LOVE yo-yo's!!! It would be great to have a simply way to make them.

Leila said...

What a great resource! Thanks!

marie said...

The flowers look so pretty and fun to make! I'd love to learn how to make them!

Lesley said...

Totally fun! Looks like a perfect Mother/Daughter activity

Joan and Kevin said...

Love the flowers!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Christine said...

Beautiful!

Rebeckah Austin said...

This would be so much fun! My BFF and I used to make fabric flowers all the time when we were young. This would be fun to get and make her some for old time sake.

donna bryan said...

thanks so much for the tips on working with wool! Love this book!

dd said...

I love the yo-yos! They would look great with shimmery fabric and a big rhinestone in the center! Can you tell I like me some bling! This book should really give me some creative ideas. Thanks for the giveaway.

DonnaP said...

Love yo-yos - my great grandfather, when confined to his bed, made a coverlet for a single bed completely out of yo-yos and did it by hand without the clover products! ;-) Would love to make one also!

Becky S. said...

That looks like a great book-lots of pretty projects! Thanks for the chance to win.

Lady Dragoness said...

The more of the blog tour I see, the more I want a copy of the book! Looks like making the flowers would be lots of fun!

Claire said...

Oh your flower was just too cute! I would love a copy of that book, what a brilliant give away - thanks for the chance.

Pam said...

Those flowers are just cute, the yo yo's look similar to "Suffolk Puffs" something I have never made so it would be so good to win.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Oh I love fabric flowers :) I have never made a Yoyo so now I need to try !!! Great looking book - thanks for the chance!

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, very pretty, they would look gorgeous on bags and things! Thanks for the chance to win :o)

lulu said...

Just such sweet little flowers ... I would love the chance to win these yo-yos & the book, thanks so much!!

Karen L. said...

Love those pansies on the hat pictured on the front cover of this book! Who wouldn't want to win this book? Thanks for doing this give-away. I just found you on Pinterest and came to read your blog. I will be back again!

maureen said...

These flowers are sooo cute! I am already picking fabrics in my mind to go with different outfits. (and some great gifts too!) Thank you for the chance to win this give-away. I promise I'll make bunches of flowers if I win it!

Hubby and Wife said...

I just got some wool felt to make the Indygo Junction Cleverly Sritched Cases pattern. The wool flower may be my second wool felt project, if I win the flower book!

Wlsngrl said...

Oh, I would love this. Have the medium clover maker now and it's great to use!

Mrs. C said...

Oh how wonderful is this! With spring coming up I have had flowers on my mind! Love making yo-yo's! :)

LindaSonia said...

I love all things floral and this book looks like it's right up my alley and I'd love to win - thanks for having the giveaway!!

KULLA'S JOURNEY said...

Would love to win this book!

diplofam said...

I am not entering any giveaways this year.....except this one!! I really would love this book-my 11 year old daughter and I enjoy making things like this.
Thanks!
Carin

Jo-Ann Intlekofer said...

What an exciting opportunity. Love the book and yo-yo makers! Thanks for the chance.

Renee G said...

This looks like an inspiring book.

reubenandemily said...

Great giveaway! Looks like a neat book!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

what beautiful flowers!! i can think of so many things to embellish!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Looks like a fun book! Thanks for the sweet giveaway :)

JenniDMills said...

It does look like a great book. I love adding flowers as embellishments to my quilts.

Marisa said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway opportunity-I think my daughter would love to help me create some of these!

Elizabeth said...

Looks like fun!

Deb said...

Thanks for the giveaway - this book looks like fun!

pkrueger said...

Looks like an awesome book. Thanks for the review.

annemarie said...

What a fun book - would love to win.

Kirsty said...

This would be a great book for ideas to add a little something special to bags. Thanks for the chance to win!

kcs619 said...

What fun! I see headbands with flowers, hats with flowers, quilts with flowers, placemats with flowers....the list is never ending!

Cherilyn said...

Looks like a fun book! Would love to try to make a few of those felted flowers!

Ramona said...

I love flowers and this book looks so fun! Your spiral came out so cute. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jenny Faasavalu said...

Love the yo yo's!!! I love this blog!!!

tinfoilrose said...

I just found a pattern for an adorable baby mobile that uses yoyo - I'd love to win this giveaway!

pippirose said...

It looks like a wonderful book! And I love yo-yos!
Thanks for the review and great giveaway!
:o)
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

hennies.pennies said...

Oh, I'm thinking I just adore this book... love the cover and YoYos are my thing. I started creating some just to keep my hands busy when I sit with my family at night. They're addicting!! Be especially blessed, Kathy

Katie Cohagen said...

These would be cute to add to cardigans and purses!

Melissa at My Fabric Relish said...

Ooooooh, this books looks like lots of fabric fun! I hope I win!!!

Maureen said...

Thank you so much Amy for a chance at the give-away! This book looks wonderful & I've never made fabric flowers! Who knew?!
mgw070 at shaw dot ca

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

I love these flower embellishments. I bet the book is full of great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Rhonda D. said...

This looks like a great book! I love embellishing with fabrics, and would love the yo-yo makers. Thanks for the chance to win!

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McStamper said...

Love this book. Thanks for a chance to win.

Carmen Nuland said...

The flowers are beautiful - thank you for the chance to win

Dree said...

This book looks soooo promising! I can't wait to see it!

sandy said...

Looks like a fun book. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kathy MacKie said...

This would be fun to do with my Grand daughters!

June D said...

This sounds like a really interesting book and I've been very interested in those clover gadgets. Thank you for putting my name in the hat for the drawing!

Myself said...

Wow- just recently found out about those yoyo makers and want it soooo bad :) The book looks so cute- many thanks for the chance to win :)

ritainalaska said...

neat book and pretty flowers! haven't made yo-yos myself, but mom, being a crafty woman herself made lots of things with yo-yos ... slipper scuffs and hairbands, i remember, among other things, including a clown doll 60 some years ago. thanx for the chance to win some yo-yo makers. i could make a quilt top with scattered yo-yo flowers on it.

Alexis said...

These look really cute. My daughter would love them. I'd probably have to make them all. Thanks for the chance to win.

Debi said...

Cute flowers! Would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance!

Debi
debi1953@sbcglobal.net

Lynne Tilley said...

What a great book, love those flowers!

Eva Martin said...

These flowers could really add the final touch to any cute sewing project !! What a great giveaway !
Thanks for the chance to win !
xEva

Patricia said...

What a lovely book.

Mar GarcĂ­a said...

Cute flowers! I've never tried yoyo makers, it would be a nice chance! Thanks for this giveaway.

Tammy said...

Very pretty. That would be a great book to own. You just can't go wrong with flowers. They seem to be very popular these days. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

kt said...

Looks like a great book--so many fun flowers! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Sharon said...

Oh this looks like a wonderful book. I love to embellish and use wool, I think it is like sewing thru butter ......

vina devina said...

waw this like your post :)

contentncm said...

Oh this book looks like sew much fun!
contentncm at yahoo dot com

Teresa Higgins said...

How cute, I think my 10 year old daughter would have fun with this too!

Gina S. said...

I would love to win the yo yo makers. I have all the flower makers and havn't picked up the yo yo yet. Thanks for a chance to win.

Buffy Skolnick said...

I'm a lover of fabric flowers!Thanks for the chance to win!
buffyh_6(at)yahoo(dotcom)

Jacklynn said...

Since my hubby can't give me flowers, 'cuz the cats will eat them and go to a corner somewhere and barf them up - I would love a book to make some fabric ones. Thanks for the give away!

Tamara Oster said...

Oh I need this book!!!! The flowers made me smile when i saw them. It is such a pretty way to embellish clothing and accessories with my own bit of flair. Thank you for reveiwing the book and sharing with us today!

Beverly said...

What a lovely book!

Cheryl Craig said...

What a great give-away! Hope I win and thanks for sharing. Love your blog and tutes.

Kelsey K said...

I love these flowers and have been wanting to learn how to make them! Thanks for the giveaway :)
kelseykurucz@yahoo.ca

Gretchen said...

Ohhhh! I would love this. fun!

Nena said...

I have been wanting to make these! Terrific and thanks Amy!

Lori Kay said...

Beautiful. Thanks for this giveaway!

Pinspot said...

With 4 daughters, I could use some ideas on how to make fabric flowers to put on pins, headbands etc. Thanks for the chance!

Domestic Diva said...

Lovely! Thanks for the chance.
lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Afton said...

I'd love to try making a few of these flowers.

Jessica said...

Pretty flowers! I think the simple one turned out just as pretty as the one with the contrast strip. I can't wait to get my hands on this book :)

nicole said...

the yo-yo flowers are so cute! thanks for the giveaway!

Jessica Pyykkonen said...

I just started making felt/fabric flowers for some projects and I could totally use this book! I love them!

Stacy said...

What a fun looking book! Thanks :)

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Sounds like a fun book to get your creative juices flowing. Your flower turned out great! I love working with wool as well. Thanks for sharing your flower with us.

Thank you and Indygo Junction for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll@gmail(dot)com

Jeana said...

Oh I love making paper flowers - fabric would be so fun to learn!

Jessica Oliveto said...

I've never made a yo-yo before but they look so awesome! If I started, I'd add them to everything. I know it!

lynaeve said...

thanks for the chance!

Carmen said...

The flowers are so pretty! Thanks for the chance to win!

hueisei said...

I love to win! Thanks..

lindsey said...

The book is definitely on my wish list!

Crystal Mason said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I've been wanting to try my hand at making yo-yo' s!

Jenny L said...

I have two daughters and I suspect that at some point, flowers as hair bands/accessories/etc are going to become very popular in my house!

Fancy That Notion said...

I would love to win this book!:)

craftygoods said...

Oh what fun! I can't wait to check out this book.

Jenny said...

i really enjoy fabric flowers! thanks for a chance to win the book

missavene said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win, how fun! missavene at gmail dot com

Leah said...

Amazing giveaway! Fabric flowers are so cute!

Dianebastet said...

Wow! This book would be right up my street - I even have a Pinterest board for making all kinds of different flowers because I love themso much! Then the Clover Yo-Yo makers.....I have been looking at these for so long, but couldn't justify the spend as money is really tight, sadly, with being on disability only. I shall try and keep my fingers crossed that my name gets drawn for this giveaway, because it would be a real pick-me-up to win this wonderful package of gifts!!!

Thanks so much for making the gift for the giveaway, it's really appreciated

Ginger said...

Your wool flower is very cute.

Caroline said...

Looks like a great book and fun yo-yo makers:)

Wendy Langley said...

What a fun book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Olivia Jade said...

I'm only just starting doing crafts. My plan is to be able to do lots of different crafts with my daughter when she is older. I figure I better get a heads start so I have some idea what I'm doing lol

Nikki M. said...

i have made one of their flowers before, it was so easy and looked great on the head band/ear warmer that I made. The pattern was really well written. I would love the opportunity to make some of their other designs. Thanks.

kim said...

Would like to use this for a sewing club I'm thinking of starting next year at my daughter's middle school. kjmoor2@gmail.com

Carla G said...

What a great flower you made! This book looks fabulous! Thanks for a chance to win! :)
bcgeates at netbistro dot com

Colleen said...

I love to make fabric flowers! Looks like a great book!