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How to Make a Wet Felted Pansy

Updated on March 5, 2017
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A Wet Felted Pansy

Wet Felted Pansy
Wet Felted Pansy | Source

Easy Step by Step Felt Flower Tutorial

This step by step felting tutorial takes you through the steps of making a felt flower using silver beading wire to help support the petals and stems. This pretty flower can be used on it's own in a bud vase or used on a garment or as decoration for a felted hat.

A sander can be utilized to aid the felting process or alternatively the project can be rolled as usual between a sheet or bubble wrap or between a bamboo mat. My preferred method is to use a bamboo mat.

Things Needed

  • Paper Pansy template
  • Scissors
  • Stirling silver beading wire Fine grade silver wire (for large flowers use a slightly thicker wire)
  • A soft felt tip pen
  • Paper
  • A small quantity wool roving in colours of your choice
  • Washing up liquid or grated olive oil soap diluted in hot soapy water
  • Bubble wrap
  • A Sheet of thick plastic if using a sander.
  • A palm sander (optional) This may be substituted with a bamboo blind or bubble wrap.

Items You Will Require

Palm Sander, Squeeze Bottle, Wool Roving and Silver Wire.
Palm Sander, Squeeze Bottle, Wool Roving and Silver Wire. | Source

Step 1—Find a Suitable Pansy Image

  • Trace the image below.
  • Enlarge the image if required by simply increasing the magnification of your computer screen.
  • Use a soft tip felt pen to trace the image.
  • Cut the petals out.
  • The cut out template will give you a very good indication of the size of the wire frames which will be needed for each petal.

Pansy Image

Copy or Draw a Suitable Pansy Image
Copy or Draw a Suitable Pansy Image | Source

Step 2—Trace the Image

  • Once traced the template can be enlarged or made smaller using your printer.
  • Most printers these days have this capability.
  • Follow your individual Printer Manual Instructions to find out how to enlarge or reduce the size of the image or use the method described above to trace the image using a sheet of computer paper.

The Template

Trace the Image
Trace the Image | Source

Step 3—Cut out the Petals

  • Cut out the individual Petals and enlarge those which are shown to be hiding one behind the another.
  • Lengthen the short ones behind to make those the same size as the petals which are visible from the front.

The Petals

Cut out the Petals
Cut out the Petals | Source

Step 4—Prepare the 1st Petal

  • Lay the petal down onto a mat.

1 Pansy Petal

1 Pansy Petal
1 Pansy Petal | Source

Step 5—Measure the Wire

  • Trace the outline of the pansy using the soft wire.
  • This should go right around the edges of the petals but leave a length on both sides which can be knotted as shown to form the stems of the flower.
  • Please see the images below.

Get the Size of the Wire Frame Right

Measuring the length of the wire frame needed for the Petal
Measuring the length of the wire frame needed for the Petal | Source

Step 6—Knot the Wire

  • Knot the wire as shown below.

Buy the Right Thickness of Wire

Getting the right thickness of wire for your frame is important. In this Tutorial. The wire used was a little thin for this Pansy which is slightly larger than life size. A Wire which is self-supporting rather than one which requires shaping is required here. I had to use a piece of wool roving as shown here to bring the petal into shape. Practice makes perfect:)

Cut and Knot the Wire as Shown

The cut and knotted frame for one Petal.
The cut and knotted frame for one Petal. | Source

Step 7—Make the Petal Frames

  • Measure the length of the wire required to go around each petal.
  • Add a couple of inches at the lower end to make the stem.
  • Knot or twist the wire to form the shape of each Petal.

Five Petal Frames

Step 8—Cover the Petal Frames

  • Cover the petal frames using wool roving.
  • Pull thin long strands from the roving.
  • Split the fibres if they are too thick.

Cover the Frame with White Wool Roving

Cover the wire frame with wool roving
Cover the wire frame with wool roving | Source

Choose the Colour!

Choose some suitable colors for your Pansy
Choose some suitable colors for your Pansy | Source

Step 9—Choose Realistic Colours!

  • Choose colours which replicate those of real Pansies. Study some of the beautiful images found all over the Internet. Generally, the two top petals at the top of the Pansy are almost always plain in colour though even this is variable, some pansies have petals in one colour with just a touch of yellow at the throat.

Step 10—Create the Petals

  • Cover the wire frame using a fine layer of wool roving.

Use a Thin Layer of Wool Roving

Lay fibers down first in one direction and the next layer at 90 degrees to the first layer.
Lay fibers down first in one direction and the next layer at 90 degrees to the first layer. | Source

Step 11—Add a Second Layer

  • Cover the wire frame with a second layer of wool roving.
  • This should be placed at 90 degrees to the 1st layer.

The 2nd Layer

Fibers placed at 90 degrees to the First Layer
Fibers placed at 90 degrees to the First Layer | Source

Step 12—Getting the Shape Right

  • If the wire is a little on the thin side, place a sliver of wool roving across the petal to help support the petal as is shown below.

Wire Frame Placed on the Surface of the Wool Roving

Wire Frame on the surface of the Wool Roving
Wire Frame on the surface of the Wool Roving | Source

Step 13—Wet the Center of the Petal

  • With the squeeze bottle filled with hot soapy water, drop some of the water into the center of the petal.

Wet the wool fibers inside the Frame

Using the squeeze bottle, wet the wool inside the frame with hot soapy water.
Using the squeeze bottle, wet the wool inside the frame with hot soapy water. | Source

Step 14—Wet the Center of the Petals

  • Wet the wool in the centre of the frame.
  • It should be sufficient to wet all of the wool once the edges have been folded in.

Wet the Center Area

The wet area of the Petal
The wet area of the Petal | Source

Step 15—Turn the Dry Edges over the Wire Frame

  • Use your fingers to fold in the dry edges to form a neat edge.

Folding over the Edges of the Petal

Turn over the edges of the Petal
Turn over the edges of the Petal | Source

Step 16—Edges Turned In.

  • Below the wool fibres can be seen to be neatly folded around the metal frame.

Neat Edges

Wool turned in over the wire.
Wool turned in over the wire. | Source

Step 17 Make 5 Petals

  • This image shows the five petals ready to have a decorative layer added to the surface of the wool.

5 Petals

Five Petals ready for the decorative Layer
Five Petals ready for the decorative Layer | Source

Step 18—The Decorative Layer

  • Add a decorative layer.
  • The top two petals were left blank.
  • This is typical of many of the varieties of pansies though there are very many variations on this theme.

Adding Colour

Add decorative layer to resemble those of a real Pansy
Add decorative layer to resemble those of a real Pansy | Source

Step 19—Make the Sepal

  • Use the silver wire to make the sepal in the same way as the petals were made.

Pansy Sepal

Tie a small sliver of Wool Roving with the wire as shown.
Tie a small sliver of Wool Roving with the wire as shown. | Source

Step 20—Make the Sepal

  • Place the wire frame on the opened out wool roving and wrap it around the top

Fold the Wool Roving

Fold back half of the Wool Roving
Fold back half of the Wool Roving | Source

Step 21—Wet the Sepal

  • Wet the Sepal and roll on the mat.

Adding Soapy Water

Adding Hot Soapy Water
Adding Hot Soapy Water | Source

Step 22—Roll Well

  • Roll the wet wool until it felts hard up against the metal.

Rolling

Rub until Felted Together.
Rub until Felted Together. | Source

Step 23—Felting

  • Add a little hot and cold water so as to quicken the shrinking process.

Rubbing and Rolling

Felted Sepal
Felted Sepal | Source

Step 24—Felting the Petals

  • Assemble the pieces together on a sheet of bubble wrap.

The Flower Components

Petals Top Side Up
Petals Top Side Up | Source

Step 25—Cover with Plastic

  • Cover the assembled pieces with a thick sheet of plastic or a piece of bubble wrap.
  • Sand well with a palm sander using all the safety instructions associated with using a sander near water.
  • Alternatively, put the assembled pieces between a bamboo blind and roll well in all directions or cover with bubble wrap and rub well in the usual way.

Cover with Bubble-Wrap, Bubbles Facing Down.

Cover with Bubble-wrap
Cover with Bubble-wrap | Source

Step 26—Safety First!

  • Never allow the sander to come into contact with water and don't use a sander which has a dust bag.

A Note of Caution

Follow safe practices when working with electricity near water. Wear rubber soled shoes and ensure that you had a safety trip meter or plug. A Sander specifically designed to be used for wet felting is available through a sander without a dust bag can be modified as has mine been, with a mouse-pad and a thin piece of waterproof boarding to prevent any water from entering the sander.

Cover Items With a Thick Sheet of Plastic

Cover Bubble Wrap with a Sheet of Thick Plastic
Cover Bubble Wrap with a Sheet of Thick Plastic | Source

Step 27—Plastic

  • Use a thick sheet of plastic or even a child's play mat will suffice.

A Play Mat!

Play Mat prevents moisture from reaching the Electric Sander.
Play Mat prevents moisture from reaching the Electric Sander. | Source

Step 28—Sand, Rub or Roll on Both Sides

  • Sand, rub or roll the items on both sides.
  • Start by vibrating the petals for about three minutes on each side.
  • Keep on changing the direction in which you roll the woollen fibres if using a bamboo mat or bubble wrap.

The Right Side

Remove Top Layers and turn over Petals
Remove Top Layers and turn over Petals | Source

Step 29—Turn Over

  • Sand, rub or roll on both sides.

Turn to Wrong Side

Cover again and sand for three minutes.
Cover again and sand for three minutes. | Source

Step 30—Shrink

  • Dip the petals in hot and then cold water and add a little white vinegar to the final rinse water.

Dip into Hot Water and Then Cold Water

Dipping Petal into hot water and then cold water
Dipping Petal into hot water and then cold water | Source

Petals Dunked in Hot Water

Dip in hot water and then dunk in cold water
Dip in hot water and then dunk in cold water | Source

Step 31—Pat Dry

  • Pat the petals dry and then assemble the pieces.
  • Twist the wires together and if desired cover the stems with thin layer green wool roving.
  • Rub and roll the stems until they shrink back against the wire.
  • Assemble the petals with the sepal in the middle.

Pansy Stem

Wires covered in Wool and then dipped into hot soapy water, rubbed until completely fulled.
Wires covered in Wool and then dipped into hot soapy water, rubbed until completely fulled.

The Assembled Pansy

A Pansy amid signs of music.
A Pansy amid signs of music.

Close up Image of a Pansy

Close up image of a Pansy
Close up image of a Pansy | Source

Some Interesting Facts about Pansies.

  • Pansies are edible and fragrant.
  • They are part of the Viola family which includes pansies and violas of which there are over 500 varieties
  • Pansies are single with five rounded petals.
  • Blue and yellow pansies have the strongest perfume or scent.
  • The wonderful scent of pansies does appear to be stronger early in the morning or later in the evening
  • They are easy to grow from seed
  • They are pretty much disease free
  • Some varieties grow in Winter and others grow in Spring and Summer
  • The flowers and the leaves are edible and are high in Vitamin A and C. They have a strong flavor and can be used to make syrup. They are used in salads and can flavor honey.
  • The flowers can be used as a dye
  • The Greeks are known to use Pansies in herbal medicine
  • William Shakespeare was inspired to write about Pansies
  • Pansies prefer to grow in full or partial sun
  • Pansies are seldom bothered by pests

Pansy Delight

Source

Making a 3d Wet Felted Flower with an Electric Sander

© 2014 Sally Gulbrandsen

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 21 months ago from Norfolk

      Kylyssa

      If there is one hobby you should try it is wet felting! It can be quite addictive:) I really appreciate the visit and hope that you will return to explore a little more. I really can recommend that your try the little coin purses made in a tumble dryer.

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      Kylyssa Shay 21 months ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I've avoided looking at your other craft tutorials because I really, really don't need another hobby but the finished product looks so cool I had to come and take a look at this one. What an easy-to-follow set of step-by-step instructions for making felted pansies! The finished product is so cute.

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      Richard Parr 3 years ago from Oz

      Congratulations on your hubpot win, well deserved. This article reminds me of the format used on the Instructables web site. Beautifully presented. voted up and awesome.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      PegCole17

      So pleased that you enjoyed my tutorial.

      Thank you very much.

      Sally

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Glimmer Twin Fan

      Start at the beginning with a very small project. I am about to publish a beginners Tutorial on how to make a rose. It is so very easy and the results are really lovely. I should post it later tonight.

      I am always happy to help if you have any questions.

      Best wishes

      Sally

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      So beautiful Sally. I love pansies and this is just lovely. I really really need to try felting some time. Just not sure how to get started.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Amazing detail on the instructions with great photos to go along with the directions. Beautiful and creative.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Vellur

      I am delighted to have won with this Hub as I very much enjoyed creating the pansy. Thank you so much.

      Sally

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      An awesome creative hub!! The pansies are beautiful! Congratulations on the win!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Mark Ewbie

      I imagine it is not but I am still delighted to have you grace my pages. Time for Mr Stickman or Mrs Stickman to do some wet felting. I imagine Mrs Stickman needs a new frock or a flower in her hair.

      Thanks for stopping by Mark

      Sally

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      Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

      Oh wow - amazing. Not really my thing, making flowers, but the work you put in and the pictures. That's really something else. Poor old Stickman is going to need a makeover with a steam iron.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      oceansunsets

      It is my pleasure to share the very enjoyable craft of Wet Felting with visitors to these pages. Thank you very much for your comment.

      Sally

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      Paula 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Sallybea, what an interesting hub! I love pansies, and love crafts, but never would have thought to create something like this! Thanks for sharing it, it is really unique.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

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      How nice is that! I did not realize I had won until you told me! Thank you very much for your comment too.

      Sally

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats, congrats on the win! Such a neat project with detailed instructions and neat info!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Prosperity66

      Thanks for the visit and the comment, glad I was able to teach you a little about felting.

      Sally

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      Prosperity66 3 years ago

      I've always wondered how to assemble felted wool, now I know...

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      You too Sally. I suspect felting is one of those hobbies I will do later, like when the kids grow up. I really love your tutorials - keep up the good work!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

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      Rome was not built in one day! It takes time and patience to learn new skills and like you, I am still learning all the time. My problem is that I want to learn it all in one day. I look at wet felting as an evolving art form and I am always thinking of new ways to push myself a little further. Thanks for the pin and the vote up, I so appreciate your feedback.

      Enjoy you week-end

      Sally

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Absolutely stunning and while I can't wait to make one - I am still not the best felter around! Voted awesome, up and pinned!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

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      I am glad you were able to stop by and discover how to make a wet felted pansy with me. Careful though! This craft is addictive - once you start you won't be able to stop.

      Enjoy your week-end

      Sally

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      I always wondered how this felting stuff was done. Now I know! Gorgeous project and hub!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      How beautiful, Sally! I can imagine using this on a pin either alone or as part of a mini bouquet. You are definitely the diva of wet felting.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

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      The pleasure is all mine. I am delighted you were able to visit and comment on my Wet Felting Pansy Tutorial. Thank you so much.

      Sally

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      Raymond Philippe 3 years ago from The Netherlands

      Wow. You delivered one beautiful hub. I am not a handyman myself, but I loved seeing what can be done. Excellent!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Jodah

      Thank you so much for the compliment and the vote up. I appreciate your taking the time to comment on this wet felting Tutorial.

      Best wishes

      Sally

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Sally, what a great looking wet-felted pansy. Almost looks like the real thing. This was a great hub, full of detail and step by step pics making it easy to follow. Well done. Voted up.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

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      Wet Felting is a wonderful medium to work with. I do believe that it is craft which still evolving as we discover more ways to improve on the skills which have stood the test of time.

      Thank you for your continued support. It is much appreciated.

      Sally

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      The pansy looks so real. Great detailed instruction on how to make these beautiful flowers. This is such a creative art form.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Eiddwen

      Thank you for the lovely comment, the vote up and your best wishes for a wonderful day. I hope you enjoy this project with the children. Don't forget to try my edible bread frog project with them too. I guarantee they will be a real hit with the children.

      Sally

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful hub sallybea and I am saving for a great project to enjoy not only with my grandkids but also on my own. Voted up and wishing you a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

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      I don't think you should feel any concern about the use of a sander especially if follow safe practices. Don't use one which has a dust bag. Place a thick plastic mat on top of the project and no water will come anywhere near the sander.

      The flower is a very small project, the perfect one for a first time project. The conventional way of felting will work just as well with a little elbow grease will work just as well.

      I very much appreciate your visit, the vote, the pin and your continued support.

      Thank you

      Sally

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

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      Happy that you found the Hub - wet felting a pansy useful and interesting. Thanks you for the vote up, I so appreciate your continued support.

      Best wishes

      Sally

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Such a pretty project and your directions are wonderful! I'd be a little nervous using a sander (this is the kind of thing that always goes wrong when I try it), but it seems to work really well for felting - just amazing! Great hub. Voted up and pinned!!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful Pansies with wire frame sounds a wonderful idea. Your creative mind keeps on surprising me. You summed it all so thoroughly. Informative and most useful indeed. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

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      I am so pleased you enjoyed my wet felted Tutorial on how to make a pansy on a wire frame. I appreciate your visit as always.

      Have a great day

      Sally

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Your pansy looks so real. You are pro, Sally. Thank you for sharing your creativity and being so patient in outlining the steps in such detail.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Faith Reaper

      I love pansies and they are in full swing in the UK. How beautiful they are with their delicate faces which peer up at you. It does seem that the bees very much approve too. I watch them flitting in and out of the flowers and I wonder if they too enjoy the sweet taste as much as they I do their delicate little faces.

      Thank you for the pin and more. Pinterest is a great resource and it is Pins like yours which introduce others to hobbies like these.

      Thank you too for your constant support.

      Have a wonderful day.

      Sally

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

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      I am delighted that you approve Billy. I do agree with you. I enjoy knowing that my traffic continues to grow along with my now increasing Hubs on Wet Felting.

      It is very nice to be able to share with people who love doing what I enjoy doing. I think it is a win, win situation.

      Thanks for your constant support. I very much appreciate every visit.

      Have a great day.

      Sally.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, how beautiful and creative is this pansy project here! I love pansies, with their delicate beauty and variety of stunning colors. You have outdone yourself with this hub once again. Great instructions and fabulous photos.

      Up and more, tweeting and pinning

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wonderful job, Sally! This is the kind of niche writing I have been preaching for a long time on HP. It may not be a large percentage of the population that you are writing for, but those who do this type of craft work will find your articles every time they do an online search for felt crafts. Nice job!

      bill

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