How to Use Templates to Create 3D Wet-Felted Flowers (New Method)
How to Wet Felt a 3D Felted Flower
In this tutorial, you will learn a new method for creating a 3D wet-felted flower. At the top of the article, you will see several different templates that you can be used to create the flowers as well as a brooch or hat pin.
- 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
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.
Step 2—Cover the 1st Petal Using Merino Wool Roving
- Cover side 1 of each petal with a fine layer of merino wool roving.
Step 3—Wet the 1st Petal
- Use the petal with diluted soapy water and use the squeeze bottle to dampen down the 1st petal.
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.
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.
Step 6—Wet and Neaten the Edges
- Complete the layers by finishing off the edges and damp down the wool with hot soapy water.
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.
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.
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.
Step 10—Remove the Template
- Pull the petals gently through the hole in the middle of the template and remove the template.
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.
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.
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