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:

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

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

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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

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

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

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

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  7. 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!

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

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  9. 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.

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

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

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

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  12. 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

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

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  14. Free stuff. How could I refuse?

    Elizabeth@roadnotchosen.blogspot.com

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  15. I love working with wool. Thanks for sharing.

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

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

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

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  19. 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)

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  20. This book looks awesome! Thanks for the chance!

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

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

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

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  24. I love flowers, thanks Amy. -Nancy

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

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

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

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  28. 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

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

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  30. 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

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  31. Looks like a beautiful book. Thanks for the chance.

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  32. 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!

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

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  34. 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!

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  35. Thanks for the chance to win these fantastic prices!

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  36. I would love to learn to make some new things!

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  37. 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....

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

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  39. What a great resource! Thanks!

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

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  41. Totally fun! Looks like a perfect Mother/Daughter activity

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  42. Love the flowers!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. 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.

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

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  45. 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.

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  46. 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!

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

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  48. 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!

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

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  50. 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.

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

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

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

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  54. 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!

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  55. 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!

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  56. 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!

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

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

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  59. 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!!

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  60. 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

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

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  62. This looks like an inspiring book.

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  63. Great giveaway! Looks like a neat book!

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

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

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

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

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  68. Thanks for the giveaway - this book looks like fun!

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  69. Looks like an awesome book. Thanks for the review.

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  70. What a fun book - would love to win.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  77. It looks like a wonderful book! And I love yo-yos!
    Thanks for the review and great giveaway!
    :o)
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  78. 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

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  79. These would be cute to add to cardigans and purses!

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

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  81. 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

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

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

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  84. Love this book. Thanks for a chance to win.

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

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

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

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  88. This would be fun to do with my Grand daughters!

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  89. 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!

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  90. 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 :)

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  91. 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.

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

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

    Debi
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  94. What a great book, love those flowers!

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

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

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  97. 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

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

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

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

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

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  102. 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.

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

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  104. 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!

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  105. 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!

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

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

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

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  109. Beautiful. Thanks for this giveaway!

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

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

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

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  113. 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 :)

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

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

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  116. What a fun looking book! Thanks :)

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  117. 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

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

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  119. 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!

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

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  121. The book is definitely on my wish list!

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

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  123. 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!

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

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

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

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  127. Amazing giveaway! Fabric flowers are so cute!

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  128. 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

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  129. Your wool flower is very cute.

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

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

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  132. 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

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  133. 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.

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  134. 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

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

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

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