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Some Fun Facts About the Christmas Flower
No flower says 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 potted poinsettia plants are sold at Christmas than any other potted plant. 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.
Things You Will Need for This Tutorial
- A Poinsettia Template (shown below)
- Green Merino Wool Roving
- Yellow Merino Wool Roving for the centre of the poinsettia
- Red Merino Wool Roving for the petals. 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 in small or large quantities.
- 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
Cut the Wire
- 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.
Cover the Wire With the Green Roving
Cover the Wire with thin strips of roving as shown.
Maintain a Slight Ragged Look
Maintain a slight ragged edge to make the leaves look a little more natural when they are completed.
Fill the Frame
- Add a thin layer of Wool Roving to the Frame.
- A thick layer will make the leaves look clumsy.
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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
Draw Three Sizes of the 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.
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.
Trace the Flower With Wool
Begin tracing the flower using a continuous length of the wet mohair wool and the image below the bubble wrap as your guide.
Fill the Petal Using the Red Merino 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
Hint: Keep on rotating the flower as you roll so that the petal shrinks the same amount in all directions.
Make the Felt Balls
- 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
Rinse, Press and Assemble
- Rinse the items in hot and cold water.
- Press the Petals
- Begin assembling the pieces as shown below.
Thread 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.