How to make a 4D Wet Felted Flower
Delicate Wet felted felt flower
Simple can be oh so beautiful!
This wet felted 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. It too many escape, simply needle felt them back into position once the flower has dried.
Merino wool roving and mohair knitting yarn
Bamboo Sushi Mat
Things you will need to complete this Tutorial
Sheet of White A 3 Paper
A chopping board
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
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 one layer with warm soapy water
Gather together the required wool roving and the mohair yarn
Trace over the first wet lines on the template with the mohair yarn
Three 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 down with your fingers
Smooth any loose fibers on the edges
Cover with bubble-wrap, bubble side down
Wet the smooth surface with warm 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 layers inside the sushi mat and roll ten times, repeat.
The underside of the layers
Drop all 4 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 the 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 3 smaller layers one by one on top of the larger one and join them together with thread and needle
Sew the 4 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 4 layers and remove the elastic band
Open the damp petals and shape as desired
The completed flower.
Flower example 2 hat with wispy flower/this one is whisper thin
Flower example 2
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.
Wet felted 3D Flower
© 2016 Sally Gulbrandsen