How to Make a Wet Felted Poinsettia
Xmas With a Poinsettia
Some Fun Facts about The Christmas Flower
No flowers say Christmas quite like the Poinsettia but did you know that the Poinsettia's main attraction is not the flower but its leaves. The yellow parts of the Poinsettia are really the flower buds. The red Poinsettia is the most popular colour followed by the pink and white
More Poinsettia pot plants are sold than any other pot plant at Christmas. Around 34 million are sold every year. In warm climates such as South Africa and Mexico, they grow into small trees. The Poinsettia exudes a milky substance which many believe to be poisonous but they are not. If eaten they are likely to cause stomach discomfort and irritation.
Close up Detail on the Poinsettia
Things You Will Need for This Tutorial
- A Poinsettia Template as is shown below
- Green Merino Wool Roving
- Yellow Merino Wool Roving for the center of the Poinsettia
- Red Merino Wool Roving for the 'Leaves'
- Contrasting Red Mohair Wool for the veins on the Petals
- Red Silk Fibres which can be used for Embellishment
- Bubble Wrap
- A Bamboo Blind
- Thin Wire which can be used for the Petal Frame and to attach the yellow 'flowers' with
- Hot Soapy Water
Close up Image of the Wet Felted Poinsettia
Merino Wool Roving
Merino Wool Roving is the perfect choice for this Poinsettia. It felts easily and holds its shape very well. It comes in a variety of colours and can be purchased from Amazon.
Red Merino Wool Roving Felting
Step 1—Make the 2 Green Leaves
- Cut a length of thin wire and fold it in half and twist the wire together as shown below.
- The size you cut the wire should be determined by the size you would like the leaves to end up.
Making the 2 Green Leaves
Cover the Wire with the Green Roving
- Cover the Wire with thin strips of roving as shown.
Covering the Wire Frames with Green Wool Roving
Maintain a Slight Ragged Look
- Maintain a slight ragged edge to make the leaves look a little more natural when they are completed.
Wire Leaves Covered in Wool Roving
Fill the Frame
- Add a thin layer of Wool Roving to the Frame.
- A thick layer will make the leaves look clumsy.
Fill in the Center of the Wire Frame with Wool Roving
Both Leaves Covered in Green Roving
Wet the Leaves with Hot Soapy Water
Cover the Leaves with Bubble Wrap, Wet and Rub
Neaten the Edges of the Leaves
Cover with Bubble Wrap and Wet the Surface
Leaves Fully Felted
Completely Felted Leaves
Step 2—Draw the Flower Template
- Draw the Template using three different sheets of paper.
- Start with the largest Template and grade them downwards in size so that the finished article will have a 3D look.
Draw the 3D Petal Templates
3 Templates Sketched in 3 Sizes
Step 3—Make the Flower
- Begin tracing the Flower using the wet Mohair Wool and the image below the Bubblewrap as your guide.
The Template Sketched in Mohair Knitting Wool
Put the Templates Under a Piece of Bubble Wrap
If you put the paper template under the bubble wrap you will see through it sufficiently to follow the lines below. This will keep the template dry.
Use a Continuous Length of Wet Soapy Mohair Yarn
Draw the Outline of the Flower Using the Mohair Yarn
One of the Outlines Sketched in Wet Mohair Yarn
Fill the Petal Using the Red Merino Roving
Petals Filled with Merino Wool Roving
Add Veins Using the Mohair Yarn
Wet the Fibres with Hot Soapy Water
Cover the Wet Petals with Bubble Wrap
Rub the Wet Surface with Your Fingers
Remove the Bubble Wrap
Neaten the Edges
Cover the Flower with Bubble Wrap and Rub
Roll Petals Inside the Bamboo Blind
1 Completed Layer
- Keep on rotating the flower as you roll so that the petal shrinks the same amount in all directions.
3 Petals Completed
Step 4—Make the Flower Centre
- Begin by making the felt balls.
- They should be fairly small to reflect the actual size of those on a real Poinsettia.
Knot a Thin Piece of Yellow Roving
Wet the Knot
Roll the Balls
Rinse the Balls in Hot and Then Cold Water
Step 5—Assemble the Flower
- Rinse the items in hot and cold water.
- Press the Petals
- Begin assembling the pieces as shown below.
Threading the Wire
- Use a sharp needle with a large hole to thread the wire through
- Push the needle into the ball and then fold the wire in half as shown below.
Threading the Wire
The Assembled Components
Push the Wires Through the Top Layer
2nd Layer of Petals Added
3rd Layer of Petals & Leaves Being Assembled
Twist the Green Wire Around the Center Wires
Cover the Wire in Green Roving
- Complete the stem by wrapping a thin strip around all of the wires.
- Rub them with hot soapy water to complete the felting process.
Cup the Petals & Shape The Flowerr
Xmas Flower / The Completed Poinsettia
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