It's March, which, around here, means it's Geisha month! (Apparently...it just happens to be the time of year that the kimono bug bites me, and I end up buying new things and making new kanzashi. :p)
I was browsing eBay the other day when I came across this completely scrumptious red furisode that had boton (peonies) embroidered and painted all over it. It was divine, and I couldn't pass it up, so now it has a new home in my kimono collection! When I told E about it (my photographer), and how it was perfect for March, her response was, "Will it come in in time for a shoot?"
So, there is going to be a shiny new maiko shoot in the near future! Now, the maiko shoots from last year were also in March, so I do have some appropriate kanzashi already on hand, but I wanted something new for the newest member of the collection, and thought, hey, why not some more peonies?
I had never made botan kanzashi before, but after a bit of study and some trial and error, I think I manage to get it working for me.
First, I did a layer of 12 petals, alternating green pointed petals and white, doubled layer, rounded petals.
Then I did a layer of 6 double layered white petals.
I'm also planning to make a new obi. I have a tie-on darara obi that would work, but I want something new to compliment the bright new colors. :) More updates to come!