I have been fiddling around crocheting three dimensional flowers for about five days now. The instructions came in a book by Suzann Thompson, Crochet Bouquet. This particular style is called Aster-oids. They are very simple to make, in terms of stitches, using only chain, single crochet and slip stitch.
I found the idea of making the flowers to be a lot more fun than the actual making turned out to be. Working them was a rather fiddly undertaking. The one great virtue of flowers made out of yarn is that they won’t ever wilt.