Handmade Monday 129.......It's all about the Cranes, Nanner & Frenchie

Yep it's all about the paper cranes that were made for my friend Nancy's (Nanner) wedding day.  The challenge was to make 1000 cranes to display at the wedding.  So we -that is myself and the other members of ATCsforALL - started making and sending Nancy boxes and parcels full of paper cranes.  In the meantime Nanner had acquired a french dressmakers dummy (aka Frenchie).  There were many suggestions as to how the cranes could be displayed but Nanner decided to make a wedding dress for Frenchie to wear at the wedding and what a dress it turned out to be.  All in all there were over 1000 cranes made from all over the world. 

I can't remember how many paper cranes I sent may have been 15/20.  I also made some very special cranes from cream silk fabric.  I lined them to stiffen the silk up so I could get nice crisp edges.  Then they were embellished with Swarovski bicone crystal beads.  

So why cranes?  

The Legend-  Did you know that cranes are said to live for 1,000 years and that they mate for life? Those birds have ENDURANCE. 1,000 origami cranes (Senbazuru) is a Japanese legend that, in its traditional definition, states that any person who folds 1,000 origami cranes in a year's time will be granted a wish. Further, they are given as a wedding gifts wishing 1,000 years of happiness and prosperity on the couple.  

Isn't that just wonderful?  Even though we couldn't all be at the wedding due to distance etc at least we were there in spirit sending Nancy and Richard all the happiness and love for their future.  

Here are a few photographs of Frenchie all dressed up in her beautiful crane wedding dress.  My silk cranes were displayed in the corsage and the rest are in the dress itself.

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Till next time have a wonderful week.



Wendy said...

Wow, what a lovely story - and doesn't Frenchie look fab?

Lucy Blossom said...

Wow what an amazing idea, and they look spectacular, I'm sure they were a huge talking point at the wedding and they'll be remembered for years to come.

CatkinJane said...

Frenchie looks fabulous!
and what a lovely way for so many people to be represented.

Christmas Pie Crafts said...

What a really beautiful wedding dress Frenchie is wearing. all that hard work looks so lovely. Hope you have a good week.

peace of gem said...

Wow, they look amazing...it takes me a little while to just make one paper crane, so I have a lot of respect for you!!

Mlissabeth said...

This was a wonderful idea. Your contributions were stunning!

Free Spirit Designs said...

that's such a lovely story! I hope all those cranes bring lots of luck and love to the newly married couple x

Magdalena Marsden said...

Such a beautiful story - and pretty dress too!

Highland Monkey's said...

Goodness me, that is amazing and I bet it looks even more goreous in real life. A real talking point.