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

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N. Rene West
Time Treasured

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2 Comments

  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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