Fabrications – Gilded Gardens (part five)

Our colorful garden is almost finished, but a few remaining embellishments are in order. This is one of those projects that says to us, “The more, the merrier.”

With the heavy thread work behind us, we now turn to filling some of our flowers with felted or couched yarns, adding some yarn to a few of our leaves and to our background, and capping it all off with beads or French knots.

Take a look at your work and decide which flowers you would like to embellish with yarns. For visual interest, select several different colors and audition them until you find just the right ones for your project. I used spun roving, chenille/eyelash mixes, and brushed yarns.

Beginning with any flower other than the center, needle felt as much or as little yarn as you like within its center area. On the flowers that I completely filled, I began by tacking down the end of my yarn in the center and then slowly working in a spiral motion until the yarn reached the edges. You don’t need many stabs of the needles to do this. The goal is to secure your yarns but not to completely felt them with the background.

Felted Flower

Spiral Felted Flower

On other flowers, needle felt smaller amount of yarn and leave some of your flower background showing. On still others, mix your yarns so that the flower is multicolored.

Before working the center flower, needle felt some spun roving (or other fiber) in a radiating design out from the edges. If your center flower has leaves, needle felt or couch a special decorative fiber down the center vein. I used wrapped silk cords.

Wrapped Silk Cords

Wrapped Silk Cords

Then fill your flower with various yarns. With a contrasting color, needle felt a colorful center.

Center Flower

Center Flower Motif

Now take some green furry yarn and felt or couch it along the edges of your leaves just as you did with the heavy thread in part four, working past the leaf tip and meandering here and there.

Couched Yarn

Look at your work and see whether there are areas that need to be filled. For the look of tiny flower buds, I took small pieces of roving, twisted them into a tight little ball, and needle felted them in place. I also meandered spun roving and needle felted it in place.

For the final embellishment, do some bead work down the center vein of a leaf or two, at the center of some of your flowers, and any place else you would like some bling. As an alternative or an additional embellishment, work some French knots in the center of flowers.

Bead Work

Bead Work

Congratulations! Your garden is now complete. I hope you loved doing this project as much as I did.


N. Rene West
Time Treasured


  1. Terri said,

    March 28, 2007 at 11:33 am

    Great tutorial! thanks for sharing!

  2. Ann said,

    March 28, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    WOW more is more!! this looks great!! what is the approximate size of your project? it doesn’t look very big but hard to tell.

  3. Micki said,

    March 28, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    Another wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  4. Sandy Jandik said,

    March 28, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    I think you are wonderful to share so much knowledge and inspiration.

  5. fembellish said,

    March 28, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Thank you all for your kind comments. Ann, the project is a little over 15″ square.

  6. Elaine said,

    March 28, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    Taa Daa! I’m cutting out leaves and flowers and going thread shopping to put your excellent tutorial into action! Thanks for sharing your work and especially for your words of kindness on my recent post.

  7. Sigrun said,

    March 29, 2007 at 1:51 am

    Thanks for this wonderful tutorial. I learn so much from you and you gave so much inspiration. You should write a book!
    I ordered Decor bond in the states and when it arrive, I can compare it with my stabilizers and tell you what is similar.
    Hugs from Austria

  8. Emmy said,

    March 31, 2007 at 11:35 am

    I love it just love it I must get started and make some flowers and leaves

  9. lilian said,

    April 4, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    thanks a LOT for all your great tutorials…
    big inspirations for me…
    want to follow your steps foreward…
    you are so inspiring and unselfish…
    hope one day you write an inspirationsbook…
    love, lilian

  10. April 19, 2007 at 11:12 am

    […] dedication to you is this “garden quilt” I made inspired by your gilded gardens. Thank you, Rene […]

  11. Vicky said,

    May 31, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Hey guys,

    Just wondering how I can get to the other parts of this quilt tutorials.

    Gilded Gardens

    Also, I was wondering how to search the site. Im not very computer savvy.


    What a great site!!!!!

    Vicky 🙂

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