Although many felters choose to create the most beautiful botanically correct felt flowers personally I like to make mine more organic and less structured, they also take a lot less time to felt! I’ve had several emails and questions asking how I attach my stems and shape the flowers, I’ve not managed to photograph myself doing the full process (I can’t demo and use the camera at the same time by myself!) but thanks to Anne Murphy of Eala Enamels I now have a few pics showing the shaping process so I’m going to share them here. Ill talk about wttacng the stems another time. This is actually a fully felted flower but at least I hope you’ll get the idea!
- Make a circle with your thumb and index finger on your non dominant hand
- Place the flower inside the circle, if y have a stem obviously it’s facing downwards!
- Push your index finger of the opposite hand gently but firmly down in the centre of the flower
- Gently roll the folded flower around in your hands opening to check one side is not felting to the other
- Continue rolling and opening until you are happy with the finished shape