How to Make a 4D Wet-Felted Flower

Updated on December 10, 2017
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Wet Felted Flower with a little shiny synthetic thread running through the flower.
Wet Felted Flower with a little shiny synthetic thread running through the flower. | Source
Wet Felted Flower with delicate mohair wool edges.
Wet Felted Flower with delicate mohair wool edges. | Source
The completed wet felted flower.
The completed wet felted flower. | Source

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

Wool roving and mohair knitting yarn
Wool roving and mohair knitting yarn | Source

Things You Will Need to Complete This Tutorial

  • Sheet of White A 3 Paper
  • Flower template
  • A chopping board
  • Pen
  • 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
  • Scissors
  • 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

Draw 3 matching petals and one larger petal for the bottom layer.
Draw 3 matching petals and one larger petal for the bottom layer. | Source

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

Put onto a board and cover with cling film.
Put onto a board and cover with cling film. | Source

Trace over the Lines of the Template with Warm Soapy Water

Tracing over the lines with warm hot soapy water
Tracing over the lines with warm hot soapy water | Source

Gather Together the Required Wool Roving and Mohair Yarn

Wool roving and mohair yarn
Wool roving and mohair yarn | Source

Trace Over the First Wet Lines on the Template With the Mohair Yarn

Trace over the wet soapy lines as shown.
Trace over the wet soapy lines as shown. | Source

3 More to Go!

Beginning to trace the lines with mohair yarn
Beginning to trace the lines with mohair yarn | Source

Edge All 4 Layers With the Mohair Yarn

4 layers of petals edged with mohair yarn
4 layers of petals edged with mohair yarn | Source

Fill the Petals With a Fine Layer of Merino Wool Fibers

Filling the individual petals with merino wool fibers.
Filling the individual petals with merino wool fibers. | Source

Curve the Fibers Into Each Petal as Shown Below

Curve the merino fibers along the mohair edge.
Curve the merino fibers along the mohair edge. | Source

Fill the Fibers So That They Touch the Mohair Edging

Fill the petal, curving the fibers to fit the curve of the petal.
Fill the petal, curving the fibers to fit the curve of the petal. | Source

Fill the Petals With a Fine Layer of Fibers

Filling the petals with a thin layer of fibers
Filling the petals with a thin layer of fibers | Source

Blend With Contrasting Merino Wool Fibers

Blending the fibers for effect
Blending the fibers for effect | Source

Fill Any Gaps Within the 4D Layers

2nd layer complete
2nd layer complete | Source

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!

A final touch of blue wool roving
A final touch of blue wool roving | Source

Dampen Down the Fibers With Warm Soapy Water

Wetting the fibers with warm soapy water
Wetting the fibers with warm soapy water | Source

Pat Down the Fibers With Your Fingers

Pressing the damp fibers down.
Pressing the damp fibers down. | Source

Smooth Any Loose Fibers on the Edges

With a finger smooth the fibers to make a nice petal shape.
With a finger smooth the fibers to make a nice petal shape.

Cover With Bubble-Wrap, Bubble-Side Down

Cover the petals with bubble-wrap
Cover the petals with bubble-wrap | Source

Wet the Smooth Surface With Soapy Water and Rub Gently

Rub the wet surface with warm soapy water
Rub the wet surface with warm soapy water | Source

Remove the Bubble-Wrap

Remove the bubble-wrap
Remove the bubble-wrap | Source

Bubble-Wrap Removed

Bubble-wrap removed
Bubble-wrap removed | Source

Keep the Edges Ship-Shape

Keeping the edges in shape
Keeping the edges in shape | Source

Cover Again With the Bubble-Wrap

Re-cover with bubblewrap
Re-cover with bubblewrap | Source

Remove the Bubble-Wrap

Exposed layers and a bamboo sushi mat
Exposed layers and a bamboo sushi mat | Source

Lift the Petals off the Cling-Wrap and Place Them on the Sushi Mat

Putting the layers onto the bamboo sushi mat
Putting the layers onto the bamboo sushi mat | Source

Roll Up the Sushi Mat With the Layers Inside

The 4 layers shown being put into the sushi mat
The 4 layers shown being put into the sushi mat | Source

Secure With a Rubber Band and Roll About Ten Times

Secure the sushi mat with a rubber band
Secure the sushi mat with a rubber band | Source

Keep Rotating the Sushi Mat and Roll Ten Times, Repeat

Keep on rotating the layers inside the sushi mat
Keep on rotating the layers inside the sushi mat | Source

The Underside of the Layers

The underside of the layers
The underside of the layers | Source

Drop All Four Layers Into a Bowl of Hot Water

Drop the layers into a bowl of hot water
Drop the layers into a bowl of hot water | Source

Then Drop Into a Bowl of Cold Water

Drop into a bowl of cold water
Drop into a bowl of cold water | Source

Repeat the Hot and Cold Water Once More

Repeat the process
Repeat the process | Source

Rinse and Squeeze Out Excess Water Gently

Squeeze out the water
Squeeze out the water | Source

Throw the Layers Down Onto a Hard Surface to 'Full'

Throw the layers down onto a counter top to full
Throw the layers down onto a counter top to full | Source

Iron the Layers Flat but Don't Iron Dry. They Should Be Damp for Shaping

Iron smooth but don't iron the layers dry.
Iron smooth but don't iron the layers dry. | Source

Put the Three Smaller Layers One-by-One on Top of the Larger One and Join Them Together With Needle and Thread

Joining the 4 layers with thread
Joining the 4 layers with thread | Source

Sew the Four Layers Together

Sew the 4 layers together taking the thread back to the lower side.
Sew the 4 layers together taking the thread back to the lower side. | Source

Grasp the Petals Together in One Hand as Shown

Grasp the layers together with one hand
Grasp the layers together with one hand | Source

Wrap an Elastic Band Around the Base of the Flower

Put an elastic band around the base end
Put an elastic band around the base end | Source

The Top Side of the Flower Before Shaping

The top side of the petals before shaping
The top side of the petals before shaping | Source

Once Dry, Sew Through all Four Layers and Remove the Elastic Band

Sew right though the back of the flower from several points as shown and remove elastic band.
Sew right though the back of the flower from several points as shown and remove elastic band. | Source

Open the Damp Petals and Shape as Desired

Open the damp petals and shape as desired
Open the damp petals and shape as desired | Source

The Completed Flower

The completed flower.
The completed flower. | Source

Hat with Wet Felted Flower

Wet Felted Flower
Wet Felted Flower | Source

Flower Example Two

Flower example 2
Flower example 2 | Source

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.

Questions & Answers

    © 2016 Sally Gulbrandsen

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      • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        Thank you, Dave, that is very kind of you. I hope your granddaughters enjoy them. I, on the other hand appreciate every visit you make to my pages.

        Best wishes,

        Sally.

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        Dave 

        2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

        Sally, another beautiful presentation. It is unlikely I will ever make them but it does not stop me admiring the things you do, and I book mark them for my granddaughters . Well done.

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        Nell Rose 

        2 years ago from England

        lol! yes I expect they will, I still have loads that I need to check and get rid of.

      • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        No problem those bots will find them.

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        Nell Rose 

        2 years ago from England

        lol! clover? my spelling is going crazy!

      • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        Nell Rose,

        Yes, you would have seen similar but, the idea behind these particular flowers is completely my own;) I love finding new ways of creating using this fantastic medium. So glad you like this one. I also hope that this year will be the one when writing my book becomes a reality.

        Many thanks,

        Sally.

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        Nell Rose 

        2 years ago from England

        I would have no idea on how to make these, but I have seen similar on hats etc and did wonder and think how clever they are. Now I know, you are so clover and making these and other wet felt stuff, I love it! and yes I agree with the above comments, you should get this down in a book, with all the amazing photos it will be a best seller!

      • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        FlourishAnyway

        Writing a book is on my list of to do things to do this year.

        Thanks for the very kind comment and for your encouragement.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 years ago from USA

        Very pretty. You completely own the space of wee felting and I hope are writing a book?

      • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        GlimmerTwinFan

        Glad you liked this tutorial and yes, they can look very delicate, more so when the layer of fibers are laid down very fine.

        Thank for taking the time out to comment.

        Sally.

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        Claudia Mitchell 

        2 years ago

        Wow - How lovely Sally. These are so delicate looking too. Another well done tutorial.

      • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        craftybegonia

        I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed this felting tutorial. I hope you will try it as it is not only simple but a very effective way of making very beautiful felt flowers. Enjoy!

        Sally

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        craftybegonia 

        2 years ago from Southwestern, United States

        That is a terrific DIY project! Love the step by step sequence, helps to follow along and to learn as we go. I love the felted look, one of these days, I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing!

      • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        Larry Rankin

        Wonderful to have the feedback! Thank you for visiting this hub and for taking the time to comment. Your visit is appreciated.

        Sally.

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        Larry Rankin 

        2 years ago from Oklahoma

        Wonderful DYI project. You really did a good job of illustrating the steps.

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        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        AliciaC

        Thank you so much! I am glad you liked the flowers. Feedback such as yours is always appreciated.

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        The flowers are so beautiful. I love the results of your wet felting projects. The format of photos and text that you use is a great way to share the instructions.

      • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        Hi Devika,

        I guess we should all follow our own rule, which is that we should do whatever we enjoy and what makes us happy.

        I always appreciate your visits and your comments. Thanks for the tweet too especially as I expect to hit the magic 200,000 views this weekend.

        Sally

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        Devika Primić 

        2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Hi Sally

        You are a good at what you do, always creative. I like the idea but just can't get into something like this. Your explanations are great. I Tweeted!

      • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        Thank you for your very kind comment MsDora, your continued support is valued and appreciated.

        Sally

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 years ago from The Caribbean

        Sally, you're the Queen of Wet Felt craft. You're also a good teacher, giving super detailed instructions and your creativity is awesome. Great work!

      • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        Hi Donna,

        Glad you liked the flowers and the Tutorial. I love making these flowers, one never tell quite how the blending will work but somehow, it always seems to.

        Thanks for stopping by to comment, every visit is valued and appreciated. Thank you so much.

        Sally

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        Donna Herron 

        2 years ago from USA

        Hi Sally - These flowers are gorgeous! Your tutorial and photos make the process so easy. I love the different colors that you can put together to create these flowers. These floral accessories would be a great way to add color to some many things. Thanks for sharing!

      • sallybea profile imageAUTHOR

        Sally Gulbrandsen 

        2 years ago from Norfolk

        Hi Billy

        First again Billy. I am not sure how you do it but I am so grateful for your support and encouragement. I appreciate every one of your very kind comments.

        Thank you so much,

        Sally.

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        Bill Holland 

        2 years ago from Olympia, WA

        You know I'm completely ignorant about this stuff, Sally, and the chances of me ever doing it are about as small as me voting for Donald Trump. :) Having said that, I think your craft articles are some of the best out there. The pictures are always clear, the instruction precise and your voice friendly and encouraging. In other words, great job!

        bill

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