How to Use Templates to Create 3D Wet-Felted Flowers (New Method)
This is a tutorial to show you a new method for creating a 3D wet-felted flower. At the top of the article you can see several different templates that you can use to create the flowers as well as a brooch or hat pin that I made.
Wet-Felted 3D Flower
Wet-Felted Flower Brooch/Hat or Hair Pin
Flower Template Example One
Flower Template Example Two
Flower Template Example Three
Flower Template Example Four
Some of the Items Required to Complete This Project
Laminate Floor Underlay
You should use to make the templates for these flowers. Not only is it cost effective but it can be used for a multitude of other wet felting projects including hats and bags. The thickness and texture of the underlay are perfect for this project. This is because it is neither too thick or too thin and with careful handling, the templates can be used over and over again. laminate floor underlay
Step 1—Create the Template or Templates
- Zoom into one or more of the images shown above using your own computer screen.
- Cover each magnified flower with a sheet of A4 computer paper and use a soft felt pen trace to trace one or more of the images from the screen.
- Cut out the paper image.
- Put the drawing underneath a sheet of floor laminate underlay and trace around the flower using a felt tip pen.
- Cut around the edges of each template and remember to cut a hole in the centre of each template.
- Flower templates made from underfloor laminate
- Olive oil soap grated and diluted in hot water.
- A small squeeze bottle
- A soft felt tip pen
- A large bamboo blind, preferably a heavy duty one
- A small quantity of merino wool roving
- A few chrome brooch pins
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- A small sharp pair of scissors
- A felt tip pen
Step 2—Cover the 1st Petal Using Merino Wool Roving
- Cover side 1 of each petal with a fine layer of merino wool roving.
The 1st Petal Covered in a Fine Layer of Merino Wool
Step 3—Wet the 1st Petal
- Use the petal with diluted soapy water and use the squeeze bottle to dampen down the 1st petal.
Wet the Fibre
The Wet Fibre
Step 4—Fold Over the Loose Fibres to Create a Neat Edge
- Add more fibre to the rest of the petals and fold any loose fibres over to the other side.
Add Fibre to the 2nd Petal
Five Petals Covered With Pink Merino Wool Roving
Side 1 of the Template Completely Covered in Merino Wool Fibres
Side 1 of All 3 Templates Covered in Merino Wool
Step 5—Cover the 2nd Side of Each Template
- Cover the other side of each template using another fine layer of merino wool roving.
- Wet and neaten the edges as before.
Turn Over and Complete Side 2 of the Petals with Merino Wool
Step 6—Wet and Neaten the Edges
- Complete the layers by finishing off the edges and damp down the wool with hot soapy water.
The 3 Templates Placed Inside a Heavy Duty Bamboo Blind
Step 7—Roll the Project Inside the Bamboo Blind
- Keep on rotating the layers inside as you roll.
- Rotation of the templates inside allows the fibres to shrink back evenly.
- Roll until the templates until they start to curl a little.
- Do a pinch test to make sure that there is no longer any movement from the fibres.
Perform a Pinch Test!
Step 8—Join the Layers
- Thread a large needle with a length of fairly thick knitting yarn
- Stack the Petals and Sew right through the 3 layers to the other side.
- Return back through the layers using the needle and thread and make two knots in the knitting yarn to secure the 3 layers together.
Put a Stitch Through the Stack of Petals
Return the Thread and Needle Back to Side 1
Pull the 2 Threads Tight and Make 2 Knots in the Wool
The 3 Layers Attached to One Another in the Centre
Step 9—Cut the Petal Edges Carefully
- Use a small pair of sharp scissors to cut through the layers to expose the template inside.
- Cut right on the edge of the template for a neat edge.
The Cut Edges Exposing the Template Below
Step 10—Remove the Template
- Pull the petals gently through the hole in the middle of the template and remove the template.
The 1st Layer of Petals Released From the Template
Gently Lift the 1st Template Off
Cut the 2nd and 3rd Layers and Remove the Templates
Step 11—Rinse the Flower in Hot and Then Cold Water to Shrink the Fibre
- The Petals will still be fragile at this stage so handle them with care.
- Hold the flower upside down using the wool strands as shown.
- Rinse in very hot and then cold water several times
- Gently cup the flower petals in your hand and gently squeeze any excess water out.
Rinse in Hot Water
Rinse Under Cold Water
Step 12—Shrink the Base of the Flower
- Add a little soapy water to the base of the flower and hold the flower firmly.
- Slide your fingers up and down the base of the flower and rub well until you start to feel the fibres shrink beneath your fingers.
- The stem will narrow as it felts down.
- This may take a little while but by doing so you will be felting the lower half of the flower together to create a firm base for the flower.
Soap the Exposed End of the Flower
Rub the Lower Half of the Flower Until It Felts Together
Gently Unfurl the Petals Layer by Layer
The Petals Unfurled, the Lower Half of the Flower Is Fully Felted
Cut and Pull the Woolen Yarn From the Flower
The Lower End of the Flower Fused Together
The Flower Drying in a Small Vase
The Completed Brooch Pin
Hat/Brooch or Hair Chrome Pin
A Group of Flowers With a Hot Glue Gun & Brooch Pins
Cut Off the Bottom of the Flowers to Create an Upstanding Brooch
Getting Creative with Flowers
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How to Make a Wet-Felted Flower
© 2017 Sally Gulbrandsen