I spent a great afternoon facilitating a 'Fun Felt Flower' workshop for Geraldine and her lovely granddaughter Orla at Duckett's Grove yesterday. During the course of the two hours, Geraldine and Orla felted two flowers each (the first without a stem the second with) while I felted two myself and finished a commission of a flower bolo which I'd started earlier in the morning. Instead of felting a third flower each the ladies went for a stroll around the gardens then headed home with wool and embellishments to have for another day.
They'll felt together again and show Orla's mum how the flowers are made, what a great birthday gift from any granny to her granddaughter!!!
I haven't forgotten that some of you are asking for instructions about how the stems are made and attached, it's been CRAZY here with mum's move and the Gaelscoil project etc. but I do promise to try and get it done for you sometime later this week! Now I'm heading to the bath, then Duckett's Grove and then back home to do yet more organising. I've been up since early this morning and already have the truck full of useful items that I don't need to deliver (to a friend who works in the community) and yet more boxes to bring to the recycling centre. Onwards and upwards……. emails, flights to Portugal, Facebook messages and other online stuff will be dealt with later tonight!
Orange and yellow felt flower
SIMPLE FELT FLOWERS
- Approx 2 to 3g (.07 to .105oz) merino or Icelandic wool (batts or roving) in complimentary or contrasting colours, a spot of clashing colour often works well!
- A little silk fibre, tencel, firestar or linen to add embellishment if desired.
- Two pieces of bubble wrap no smaller than 12” square or one larger rectangle.
- Warm water and soap. An unscented soap with a high fat content is the best for your hands, most soap does work but I prefer olive oil soap or goat’s milk soap.
- A small towel and a bottle for the soapy water, an old plastic mineral or milk container with small holes pierced in the lid makes a good cheap sprinkler!
- Place your towel on the table with one piece of the bubble wrap on top, bubbles up.
- Lay out an even but light circle of wool approx 4” to 5” in diameter and lay a second layer on top of the first. Overlapping the complimentary or contrasting colours works well as does laying out a darker splodge of colour in the centre of your flower.
- Place your hand on top of the pile of wool and ‘vibrate’ it slightly to help the fibres stick together, check that there are not any extremely thin areas.
- Patch if necessary and add then a little of your embellishing fibre around the outer edge if using. Note, silk, tencel, firestar or linen fibres don’t actually felt themselves, the wool ‘catches’ them so please use sparingly.
- Sprinkle some warm soapy water evenly on top of the wool, enough to compress the fibre but not enough to cause water to run off the bubble wrap. You don’t need loads of suds so don’t go wild with the soap!
- Place the second piece of bubble wrap on top of your flower bubble side down, if using a rectangle of plastic lay out the wool on one end and fold the other over.
- Gently press down to work the water through the wool and remove any air pockets, lift the bubble wrap up carefully and see if the flower is totally wet through, add a little more water if necessary. Replace the top layer of bubble wrap.
- With wet soapy hands carefully rub the flower in a circular motion on top of the plastic for about a minute, turn over and repeat on the other side.
- Remove the top layer of bubble wrap and gently rub directly on the wool with soapy hands. Once a ‘skin’ has formed on the flower pick it up and start to shape it into a three dimensional shape with your hands. I like to place the tip of my index finger in the centre of the flower and work the felt around the outside of my finger.
- The flower will shrink by about one third to one half the original layout size, when you are happy with the result rinse in warm water, reshape and dry. Enjoy!
Now for two thumbnails, WordPress is playing silly games today so apologies I can’t seem to upload any more!
Adding firestar around the outside of the flower
Shaping in my hands