This past spring, I had a real surprise when I noticed a little garden of violas growing in the cracks of our patio.
They flourished throughout the summer, but when the colder weather started to hit I knew I’d be sad to see them gone. I had purchased a picture frame at a garage sale over the summer with nothing special in mind, but then decided to keep the memory of my patio pretties alive thru a three dimensional felt representation.
I needle felted the flower, leaves and stems separately. Then I placed a plastic resist around some of the petals so that they could be manipulated into a shape while drying.
I used a white prefelt with just a hint of color in the background and placed the flowers, leaves and stems into position, gently needle felting them into place. Then I placed another resist under part of the leaf I want to raise before felting and fulling.
Here are several angles of the felted flower and leaf.
Taking a picture straight on after framing it doesn’t do it justice because it’s hard to see the dimension.
Now I can enjoy my viola all winter long.
How do you keep your summer memories alive during the colder months?