Ruffled Felt Flowers

For the past few days, I’ve been refining a couple of flower variations, whittling down my process with each attempt.

three_layer_pair

The first two were mock-ups as I hashed out my working ideas in felt. The stamens were added after the fact and the center layer of the pink flower was sewn in place with a needle and thread. Still, they worked well enough that I knew where to take the next versions. I sewed pin backs on them, satisfied with them as they were.

peach_duo

The next flower was felted with three layers of merino roving and handpainted silk cap; the stamens were placed in the center early in the process so they felted in position.

gold_pair_sm

Then I tried a five layer version using merino roving and tussah silk. This took considerably more time, but mostly because I didn’t lay down enough roving with the first layers.

rose_duo_sm

Each flower ended up a little different as I experimented with varying the amounts of roving for each layer, the amount of silk on the top layer and the formation of the stamens. The possibilities at this point seem almost endless. With every new batch of handpainted roving, there will be another flower shape.

purple_duo_sm

This set thrills me to no end, mostly because I worked them through from the germ of an idea, tried it out, refined the process and continued to work on it until I had something that was just what I wanted. Perseverance isn’t exactly my middle name, so this feels like a particular triumph.

violet_duo_sm

This set is destined for the Columbia City Gallery, but they have been so fun to make there will be another crop in my shop shortly.

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6 Responses to “Ruffled Felt Flowers”


  1. 1 Carrie Monday, June 29, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Those are divine! I couldn’t begin to tell you which was my favorite — love them all! Awesome work.

  2. 3 Cecilia Encina Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Hermosas flores, yo estoy comenzando a trabajar el fieltro, en mi país es un técnica relativamente nueva, no hay mucha información, gracias por realizar tutoriales son de mucha utilidad.
    Saludos desde Santiago de Chile.

  3. 4 urban craft Monday, August 17, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I adore these. I want, I want!

  4. 5 geraldine jones Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I abosolutely loved the flowers. I am an enthusiatic amateur silk painter and dyer and recently have found felting and justloved your flowers.
    I work in silk and produce mailnly accessories but have recently discovered felting and it fits in so beautiully with my silk work.
    Thank you
    geraldine jones

    http/;; geraldinejones.wordpress.com

  5. 6 geraldinejones Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    NOW I HAVE TO FIND OUT TO DO THEM AS I HAVE JUST MADE A FAB HAT WHICH NEEDS A FLOWER!! – LIKE THE ONES YOU DO
    LOVELY
    GERALDINE JONES FRANCE


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