Felted cherry blossoms
It is spring in Amsterdam at the moment and all the parks and gardens are blooming with colourful flowers, so I thought we should do a tutorial inspired by spring, cherry blossoms. Felt flowers are an easy way to begin making 3D felted projects, as they are small and easy to handle and limited only by your own imagination. Felt flowers are very versatile and once you have made a few you, you can use them on hair clips, to decorate clothing, presents or as a brooch. I will show you in the next tutorial a few ideas and ways to use these pretty little blossoms.
Supplies needed for felted cherry blossoms
- Felt roving in your chosen colours
- Plastic sheet (I just use a garbage bag)
- Bubble wrap
- Cling wrap or thin material like lace curtain
- Plastic envelope (can be any light plastic as long as it is flexible enough to hold its shape but will not cut through felt)
- Sushi mat (not necessary but does speed up process)
- Bath mat or towel
- Small juice bottle or milk container with warm water
- Scissors or clippers
Instructions for making felt cherry blossoms
1. Mark out and then cut several 4cm circles from your plastic envelope. You will need 1 pattern for each cherry blossom you wish to make.
2. Cut 1cm circle from centre of each circle. Mine usually end up being more oval or diamond in shape than circular. I always tell myself that flowers should be organic so it is nice that they are not perfect circles and each one is slightly different.
3. Lay down plastic sheet and cover with towel. Lay bubble wrap on top of towel, bubble side up.
4. Add soap (i use grated olive oil soap as i find it lathers well and is nice on my hands, but you can use what ever you have handy) to container and add warm water and shake to disolve. Continue to add soap until water becomes cloudy.
5. Take a small pinch of wool roving ( approx 7cmx 7cm) place vertically on bubble wrap.
5b. Take another pinch of wool roving and place horizontally. Ensure centre is well covered and place an extra layer of roving if gaps are visible.
6. Wet centre of wool pile with wartm soapy water. Press plastic pattern onto the pile firmly.
7. Gently fold extra roving over plastic cicle piece. Be careful to try not to get any uneven or lumpy sections.
8. Take a thin pinch of wool roving (7cm x 7cm) and place vertically and take another piece and place horizontally. Sprinkle warm soapy water over centre of pile again.
9. Take a tiny pinch (3cm x 1cm) of maaroon or yellow roving and twirl gently around your finger and form a small disc.
10. Press small disc into centre of circle. Take a small pinch of roving (7cm x 3cm) and lay over the top of this disc to help felt this disc into place.
11. Gently fold excess roving under circle edges and flatten onto back of circle.
Check that your circle has an even coverage of wool roving on front and back.
12. Cover with a piece of cling wrap (or lace curtain as this helps prevent the fibres moving too much or clumping together) and gently massage until fibres start to bind together paying special attention to centre disc. We want the front and back to felt together in the hole of the circle.
13. When you can pinch the wool and it moves as one. Set aside this flower and repeat process from begining until you have three or four flowers all at this stage unless you only want to make 1 flower, if this is the case contine onto step 14
14. Place all four circles onto bubble wrap and ensure they are still wet and soapy, if not wet down again and gently massage to form a lather.
15. Fold bubble wrap over circles, and tightly roll in sushi mat if you like you can place elastic bands around mat to help hold it firmly in place.
16. Roll vigoursly about 20 times.
17. Unroll sushi mat and bubble wrap. Flowers may have moved so reposition on mat and turn each one 90 degrees, check if they are still wet, if not wet with soapy water and fold bubble wrap over circles and tightly roll in sushi mat.
Roll vigoursly about 20 times and repeat steps … To … Until fibres becom felted. This make take 5minutes if your layers are thin or 20mins if they are thick and your wool is course.
18. When firbres have felted well, take sissors or snips and carefully cut around inside of top facing circle. Be careful not to cut through the plastic and the back section.
19.Now you can check and see if your back and front pieces have felted together by genlty lifting front piece up. It should be firmly attached. If it is not attached or only hanging on by a few fibres. Don’t panic. Hold pieces together trying to ensure the do not move around and rub the front and back of at the centre hole continuously until they are well attached.
19b. If it is not attached or only hanging on by a few fibres. Don’t panic. Hold pieces together trying to ensure the do not move around and rub the front and back of at the centre hole continuously until they are well attached.
Your flowers should be about 10% smaller than the original pattern piece.
20. Place flowers back down on bubble wrap and fold up. Re roll in sushi mat and roll virgoursly for about 20 times, unroll rotate flowers and repeat. we are just trying to remove the sharp edges left by the sissors and have a smother finish. so just do this 2 or 3 times until you are happy with the edges.
21. Cut from outside edge towards centre about 1.5cm in length to form petals. I like 5 petals so i cut 5 times around the flower. Do this to both front and back pieces
Place all flowers in a row back on bubble wrap and fold up and tightly roll flowers in sushi mat and roll vigoursly about 20times, unroll , turn 90 degrees and repeat. Continue until edges loose their sharp edges and you are happy with the size and shape of your flowers.
22. Rinse your flower in warm water, remove plastic pattern piece.
23. Squeeze out excess water. Arrange flowers as desired and allow to dry. I like to put my flowers in egg carton to dry, as this helpsthem retain their shape.
Completed wet felted cherry blossoms.
Stay tuned to see how we can use these colourful blooms.