Thursday, 25 October 2012

My new mittens

I'd better call it "My first mittens"!... They are my first and I like them! I will definetely make more!

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The wool is 18.5 mic merino top, the fibers - black viscose and mohair yarn.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

A Rose

I call this method "A ribbon". The simple way of making these flowers is to felt a very fine and delicate strip (or ribbon), then fold it and form a rose, very much the same way as fabric flowers.

This is with what we start with - three very thin layers of fine wool (pink first and cream on the top):

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These are the next stages of felting:

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When it's dry and ironed I fold it and get the flower, like this:

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Or these:

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Multilayer Flower

The next one is what I called "Multilayers". To make something like this:

I use a few layers of resists with a hole in the centre so that all layers are felted together eventually. Starting to lay the first layer of wool:

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Then cover it with the resist and keep going until you are happy with the number of layers (or just tired!).

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All layers are felted as a one piece and become connected in the centre. Remove resists, form the petals if you wish and now you've got such a flower!

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These are made the same way:

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

5 ways of making felted flowers

I am sure that there are more then 5 ways of making flowers, but this is my classification (kind of!). This is NOT a tutorial! Today I will write about the simplest one, I call it "Circle".

Usually this is a first try to many new felters and very straightforward. The wool is placed in circle evenly (as you can manage!):

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After usual routine (soapy water and rubbing) you get something like this:

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Use a scissors to form the petals and start fulling:

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And eventually you will get finished flower. I tried to make a courgette flower using a new (for me) wool. I am quite happy with the result, especially with the stem attached!

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