How to Make a 4D Wet-Felted Flower
Simple Can Be Oh-So Beautiful
This wet felting tutorial was developed with both the novice and the more experienced feltmaker in mind.
On completion of this tutorial, you should end up with a beautiful, delicate 4D flower. Don't forget to keep your wool-roving fibers sparse. This will ensure that your finished flower is both wispy thin and delicate-looking.
Place the wool-roving fibers as close to the fluffy edges of the mohair knitting yarn as is possible. This will ensure that the mohair yarn can fuse with the wool roving fibers. Don't worry too much if one or two escape. Those loose threads will enhance the soft, delicate nature of the flower. If too many escape, simply needle felt them back into position once the flower has dried.
Merino Wool Roving and Mohair Knitting Yarn
Things You Will Need to Complete This Tutorial
- Sheet of White A 3 Paper
- Flower template
- A chopping board
- Cling wrap
- A marble or wooden chopping board
- Merino wool roving
- Warm soapy water
- a squeeze bottle with a small nozzle (Hair dye bottle works incredibly well)
- Bamboo Sushi Mat
- Elastic band
- Small quantity Mohair knitting yarn
Draw the Template
Begin by drawing a heart shaped petal, combine three of them to form one layer as shown.
Remember to allow for shrinkage of around 40 percent when drawing your layers.
Draw three of the layers the same size and make one layer slightly larger.
Alternatively, zoom into the images on this page and transfer them to a piece of paper.
Draw Petals on an A3 Sheet of White Paper
Cling Wrap the Template
Put the drawn template onto a wooden or marble chopping board. Cover in cling wrap to prevent it from getting wet during the process.
Cover the Template in Cling Wrap
Trace over the Lines of the Template with Warm Soapy Water
Gather Together the Required Wool Roving and Mohair Yarn
Trace Over the First Wet Lines on the Template With the Mohair Yarn
3 More to Go!
Edge All 4 Layers With the Mohair Yarn
Fill the Petals With a Fine Layer of Merino Wool Fibers
Curve the Fibers Into Each Petal as Shown Below
Fill the Fibers So That They Touch the Mohair Edging
Fill the Petals With a Fine Layer of Fibers
Blend With Contrasting Merino Wool Fibers
Fill Any Gaps Within the 4D Layers
Add a Few Contrasting Fibers for Decoration
Don't add too much fiber. Too much thickness will result in a thick heavy felt flower without the desired wispiness.
A Touch of Blue!
Dampen Down the Fibers With Warm Soapy Water
Pat Down the Fibers With Your Fingers
Smooth Any Loose Fibers on the Edges
Cover With Bubble-Wrap, Bubble-Side Down
Wet the Smooth Surface With Soapy Water and Rub Gently
Remove the Bubble-Wrap
Keep the Edges Ship-Shape
Cover Again With the Bubble-Wrap
Remove the Bubble-Wrap
Lift the Petals off the Cling-Wrap and Place Them on the Sushi Mat
Roll Up the Sushi Mat With the Layers Inside
Secure With a Rubber Band and Roll About Ten Times
Keep Rotating the Sushi Mat and Roll Ten Times, Repeat
The Underside of the Layers
Drop All Four Layers Into a Bowl of Hot Water
Then Drop Into a Bowl of Cold Water
Repeat the Hot and Cold Water Once More
Rinse and Squeeze Out Excess Water Gently
Throw the Layers Down Onto a Hard Surface to 'Full'
Iron the Layers Flat but Don't Iron Dry. They Should Be Damp for Shaping
Put the Three Smaller Layers One-by-One on Top of the Larger One and Join Them Together With Needle and Thread
Sew the Four Layers Together
Grasp the Petals Together in One Hand as Shown
Wrap an Elastic Band Around the Base of the Flower
The Top Side of the Flower Before Shaping
Once Dry, Sew Through all Four Layers and Remove the Elastic Band
Open the Damp Petals and Shape as Desired
The Completed Flower
Hat with Wet Felted Flower
Flower Example Two
Your Comments Are Welcomed
I hope you enjoy this tutorial.
Your comments and suggestions for future tutorials are welcomed. I look forward to hearing from you.
© 2016 Sally Gulbrandsen