Bridal Commissions: Phillippa's Silk Origami Bouquet


Last year Phillippa entrusted me with creating a small posy of flowers for her Wedding at the High House Farm Brewery in Northumberland. The brief was a few stems tied with ribbon, Violets as that is her Mothers name and a little while later a letter arrived with coloured notepaper and envelope in the colours of the wedding.

The flower coming together
With any new piece or design I always make intial models in paper to get an idea of scale and so that I can fold and refold easily to ensure the folds would work well in fabric without any ugly sides. Once I am happy with the design and fold I make a "toile" in cotton. Once everything is perfect I look for fabric in the best colour and weight.

To make a petaled flower it was necessary for me to use a new technique to me and textile origami, a modular design using repeated shapes interlocked to make the flower. This meant that I was able to add an extra element to the design. Each flower is made of five petals in five different types of silk and cotton fabric. The subtle differences in tones and textures gave a wonderful dimension to the flowers and stopped them looking flat. It also made them even more special. I finished the wired stems with wrapped grosgrain ribbon and a satin bow. Swarovski crystals at the centre of each of the 6 flowers as a touch of sparkle.

I was lucky enough to attend the wedding on a beautiful although chilly Autumn day and the Bride was as pleased as I was with the final bouquet. I only wished I had done this for my own Wedding. I would love to make more bouquets and plan to build a catalogue of flowers to inspire brides.


Paul Santos and Phillippa have kindly given me permission to share some of the photographs from the day. Paul was a cool cat and drew many compliments for his leather camera holsters and his pictures have perfectly captured the romance of the day. Check him out on his website

Hannah x 

Bridal Commissions


I am delighted to be able to share with you not only some recent one off pieces I have made but also the talented photographers who have captured the beauty and elegance of the Brides and their wedding days.

It is completely delightful when I get an email asking me to make something bespoke. Especially so when I am asked to make a reality something that the client has dreamed of for years. Sometimes it is that first contact that sparks the inspiration, other times a meeting in person is the melting pot of ideas. Either way I hope to listen to the clients imaginings and use them as a foundation for any design.

In both the pieces featured in the following posts I have done things with the textile origami that I hadn't had the time or confidence to try and afterwards felt a burst of inspiration and energy. Commissions often push me to expand the boundaries and try new things.

So please get in touch if you would like something bespoke and we get creative. I can't wait!

Hannah x

Phillippa's Bouquet
Christina's Jewellery

the 20/12 collection

2012 was a special year, each month bY Mi launched a brand new product in a limited edition of 20.

I decided upon this project mainly out of impatience to get making some of the many ideas that are rolling around in my head but also to showcase the diverse uses for bY Mi's unique textile origami. The project will enable origami fans and customers (that's you guys) to get a real insight into my creative processes and hopefully inspire more projects. Each month I did my best to keep you all informed on Facebook, Twttier & by Newsletter, the inspiration, development and creation of the final piece.

The full collection is available to buy on Etsy & Folksy or at a bY Mi Craft market stall. One product was launched each month and you can view them all below. Each piece comes with details of the bY Mi 20/12 Collection and the all important edition number. The Collection starts with piece 01/01 and ends with 20/12. Remember there were only 20 made of each of the 12 pieces.