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Making Felt Flowers

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hand made felt flowers

At the summer festival for our local community of Westbury Park in Bristol, England, Heart Space Studios held a day long drop-in session to make felt flowers – for all ages – and all ages came and made masses of flowers and went away wearing them.

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selecting materials from the array of patterns and fabrics

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Poppy helping choose felt shapes

I spent a few days making samples and developing patterns, getting supplies of felt and pre-cut flower shapes from the Craft Department, the one- stop on line shop for lots of  interesting and exciting craft materials. The younger children of 4,5 and 6 years are not really able to cut and stitch all the little petal shapes so we provided lots of odd buttons and felt shapes

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patterns buttons an felt all ready to make new flowers

and I had been given some strange pom poms from Aza Adlam, who is a member  of our Wednesday Knit and Stitching club – they proved very popular after Poppy, my young volunteer had sampled a few and found out how to use them.

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different designs using all different kinds of layers of shapes

I had designed several shapes for different abilities and tastes, the simple daisies were popular with the  younger children – even a few boys got in on the act….

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simple and effective felt daisy brooch ,

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a badge for a fleece

The pom poms proved the most popular of all the styles for  hair clips for girls…

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brilliantly coloured pom pom flower

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prettily coloured pom pom

  and many children managed to make a couple of flowers in a very short time.

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Meanwhile, for the more assured stitchers and one adventurous man, the spiral ruched flower was a quite a challenge.

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Andy contemplates his choices of colours

these flowers are rather more sophisticated and a lot more fiddly to make well.

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choosing 2 colours for the spiral rose.

The gathering threads on the interior spiral are simple to stitch, but manipulating them into something lovely is not so easy

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the spiral rose is ruched by pulling the fine running stitches

the choice of colours here is all important…..

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fastening the layers together with a large pony bead

trimming the petals later helps to retain a good even flower shape

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wiggly scissoring helps soften the petal edges

lots of the finished  flowers were worn with pride for the journey home, by parents who had joined in seeing how successful their children had been…..

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nice use of a safety pin makes the old fashioned felt flower look modern

and other grown-ups who were all very colour co-ordinated

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lovely heathery shade for heathery cardigan made by Heather!

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