I think this third part of the “Felt Like It” Series can be summed up by saying, “I like color!” This is a wreath I made for myself, using lots of bright candy colors. Sometimes more is more.
A wreath for all seasons…
I’ve made a lot of felt flowers, as is documented by these two wreaths. This is the second part in a multi-part series about my adventures in felt land. This picture looks like such a bounty of flowers.
These wreaths ended up being Christmas gifts for my sister-in-law and my mother. Making them wasn’t very difficult, just time consuming. They are made just as you might imagine, by wrapping yarn around a wreath form and then gluing flowers to them. I cut each flower by hand and used glue only to apply them to the wreath. They are all hand-stitched with matching thread. (I had a lot of downtime around the holidays last year.)
I took two slightly different approaches to these wreaths. With the pink one, I went with the “more is more” idea. The base of the pink wreath is a straw wreath form. There is a lot of yarn wrapped around that. And there are a lot of flowers. The other wreath is a more minimal grouping of flowers, restricted to an all-red color scheme.
I used a foam form for the red one. This resulted in a much lighter weight wreath and a more uniform look to the exposed yarn areas.
Felt and yarntastic!
I can’t believe 2013 is almost over. This year has gone by so fast. It was almost a full year ago that I went a little crazy over felt. Yes, the fabric. The result is a multi-part series about my crafty diversion.
It all started with an image search for a Christmas wreath which resulted in a mild fixation on a wreath that wasn’t seasonal at all. But I’ll get to that later.
I focused my felt crafts on Christmas presents. I made two floral sashes for my niece. They can be tied around her head or her waist. (I like it when she has a bow on her head, but I don’t think she agrees.) The first one I made, I embraced some of the most vibrant colors I had found.
I used three different techniques for the flowers: a yellow mum, a blue rosette and a fucsia…um…foldy flower. There are tons of tutorials for felt flowers. I found most of mine from Pinterest. This is a good collection.
First I made the flowers, then I stitched them to a piece of felt. I sandwiched the white ribbon in the middle, stitching it to the top layer. You can see the blanket stitch I ran around the edges. I do love a blanket stitch! But we’ll get to that later, too! Oh boy, I’m really building the suspense for future posts, aren’t I?
I had so much fun making the first headband, that I wanted to make a more elaborate and softer toned version. I had fun experimenting with color combinations and flower types. At some point in my life, I hope to have a second (third?) career as a florist, but felt flowers have their advantages.
This piece was quite a bit larger, but structured in the same way. I packed so many flowers on there, the band started curving on it’s own, as you can see from this overhead view.
There you have it. Felt flowers on a ribbon.