Flower pounding, or Tatakizome, is an ancient Japanese technique of hammering plants to create patterns on fabric. It is a very simple technique that renders gorgeous results. All you need is fresh flowers, a hammer and either paper, canvas or fabric to transfer the flower “dye”. We cover different techniques and the unique applications of flower pounding, such as embroidery and illustration in this What’s New in Craft.
Flower Pounding with Embroidery
Sparkles n’ Sawdust Studio
Flower Pounding: Quilt Projects for All Ages
Ann Frischkorn and Amy Sandrin
Artist Sue forages for morning glories to use the pigment for this hand dyed silk chiffon scarf. Though the fabric has been treated to reduce fading, it is expected to do so over time.
Linda explains basic methods and techniques from plant samples to fabric to how to secure the materials and how to apply enough force with a household hammer to give depth and dimension to your work. The book also explains extension exercises in leaf printing, appliqué and flower trapping and how to add further detail using embroidery or quilting to create spectacular one-of-a-kind original work.
The Pigeon Letters
This class from The Pigeon Letters walks you through how to create vibrant fine art pieces from the natural pigments of flowers. You’ll learn how to source flowers and greenery, then test them for pigment. Then you’ll create a composition with flower pounding. Finally, you’ll add minimal finishing touches to your pieces with mark making techniques.
Laura C. Martin
Learn how to transfer pigment directly from a flower or leaf onto fabric or paper for an exquisite imprint with just a hammer. Then create a project following the instructions. Includes instructions on choosing the best plants, selecting fabrics and paper, hammering flowers, and preserving your botanical impressions. Includes directions for more than 50 projects, including greeting cards, wrapping paper and ribbon, journals, place mats, napkins, throw pillows, wall hangings, curtains and scarves.
Do you have any resources for flower pounding? Add them in the comments so we can check them out!