Felted Finery – Natural Blooms (Part Three)

With the basic structure of this piece complete, I now had to decide whether I liked it just as it was or whether a few additional embellishments were in order. I leaned more towards the latter and thought a few small embroidered flowers might be a nice addition.

Embroidered Flowers

I chose a freestanding lace flower (purchased from Embroidery Library) and prepared my 100 mm hoop with some heavyweight clear wash away stabilizer. Since the flowers only measured 45 mm each, I was able to embroider all four with one hooping. I removed the flowers from the stabilizer and gave them a quick soak in some warm distilled water. Most American homes deal with some degree of hardness in their water, which can effect the removal of wash away stabilizers. I bypass the whole conversation and just use inexpensive distilled water with perfect results every time.

Flower with Bead

When the embroidered flowers were dry, I began moving them around on the surface until I was happy with their placement. I then threaded a thin sewing needle with regular polyester sewing thread and attached each little flower with a small pearl bead.

French Knots

I wanted to give the felted flowers a little more dimension as well, so I threaded a tapestry needle with 6 strands of silk floss and made six french knots in the center of each one. And with that, Natural Blooms was complete.

Natural Blooms Completed


N. Rene West
Time Treasured


  1. Micki said,

    February 22, 2007 at 12:55 am

    Thank you for sharing this great tutorial with us. Your piece looks really great.

  2. fembellish said,

    February 22, 2007 at 6:30 am

    Thank you for taking the time to comment, Micki. Your kind, encouraging words are greatly appreciated.

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