My ‘floral challenge’ is an homage to this piece of Annie’s free motion embroidery – black thread on white handmade felt.
I started with four layers of white merino wool fibres, wetted and soaped, to make the background.
Then I sifted through my scraps box to find some colourful pre-felt leftovers.
I cut out some flower shapes from the pre-felt, then placed them onto the wet, white wool fibres. I misted the pre-felt down with soapy water then I outlined the flower …
… and added a stem with thin, black yarn.
I made the rest of the flowers in the same way.
I tried to mimic the pointy grass in Annie’s version, but the yarn wasn’t having any of it! It stubbornly refused to do ‘pointy’. You have to choose your battles wisely so I surrendered and just used cut pieces of yarn.
I didn’t roll this picture. I gently agitated the front with scrunched up bubble wrap to set the pre-felt and yarn in place, then I rubbed it, mostly from the back.
White merino fibres always look so dull when wet but they do dry to a warm, delicate off-white.
The picture turned out as a smooth piece of felt, but to make it even smoother, I ironed it when it was dry.
The finished picture (below) is approximately 53 x 25cm (21”x10”)
I couldn’t stop there with the floral challenge so I found a ‘youtube’ crochet tutorial ‘Ditsy Daisy Bunting’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Jevq6zGLEo
My bunting flags aren’t as neat and triangular as Catherine’s but I had fun making them!
This would be a great make for yarn bombers wouldn’t it?
If you make something for the floral challenge, there is now an easy way to post your photos onto the Felting and Fiber Forum: https://feltingandfiberstudio.com/community-photo-submissions/