forced blooms

wooly blooms_sheepyhollow

Mindless wet felting; playing with wool to create Spring blooms!

No real ‘method’ to my felting madness. Grab a wisp of this and that hand dyed wool roving, layering as you ‘stack’ colors. The more layers/wool, the thicker your finished piece.

If you’d like additional texture, add little pieces of scrap yarn or wool snippets to the mix, before felting. Working over the kitchen sink or dishpan, rub a little (hand made) soap onto your hands (or directly onto the wool). Alternate hot & cold water and a little rubbing action/elbow grease. An old vintage wash board works well and suits my purpose!

Blot with towel and air dry. Once dry, embellish with a few beads, buttons or embroidery stitches. Add a pin-back and viola!! Sweet blooms!!

Oh, happy day!

 

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Hand.Picked.Flowers

I love picking fresh flowers from the yard throughout the growing season. The sunflowers are blooming! I usually plant a row of sunflowers along the north side of the veggie garden, not for picking necessarily, but for the birds!

As I prepare for an upcoming fiber festival, I’ve been busily working on another type of flower…a wooly creation.

You can make these flowers too…they’re simple, fun…and VERY free-form! 

Anyone can make these, really! All you need is some fabric. ANY fabric! I used recycled felted wool; a variety of colors and patterns, solid, plaids & checked. Any cotton, silk, burlap, etc. would be fine too! Go through your fiber/fabric stash. Dare to think of the possibilities.

For example, the ‘red’ flower is made from the satin edge/binding from a wool blanket! Hey!!??

To begin, cut or rip/tear (for a more prim look) a strip of fabric. My wool flowers are between 1/2 – inch and 1 1/2 – inch wide. Wider makes a larger, more dramatic flower. Thin, for a fine, delicate flower. There are lots of tutorials on-line if you need more detailed instructions. To begin, tie a knot at one end (or just begin to roll to form a center) and begin to wrap the fabric around the central knot, twisting it over every so often (to form petals). You may stitch w/needle and thread or use a glue gun to fasten/tack here & there as you go. More fabric…larger flower. You decide.

To finish, I cut a circle of fabric for the back, whip stitch the edge and add a pin-back.

Oh, if desired, add a leaf or two or more. How about ‘petals’ all around to make a sunflower? (I think I’ll have to make one of those…). These flowers may be used to embellish sweaters, coats, hats, handbags, hair accessory, a topper for a special wrapped package (a part of the gift)…and so much more!

The possibilities are endless!