He looks like he just stepped out of a NYC Village hideaway in the 's, like, man, what's happnin', baby. This tradition, while not part of the official program, has become widely practised elsewhere in the country, with others leaving cut flowers, photographs, or letters to the deceased. If you want "looks brand new" then this probably isn't the piece for you unless you want to restone it , but if the charm of vintage is that it doesn't look new, then this is in fine shape.
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Then cut three 1. In the contrasting color here, the green , cut a 2 inch diameter circle and a 1. Cut a small indent into the square. Now cut your flower color strips into 1. If you need more petals you can use the bit of leftover felt to cut more squares. I ended up needing fifteen 1. To form the petals cut each square into a rounded petal shape, with a wide base and a pointed tip as shown above.
Put dots of glue in the lower corners and fold each side over so that they meet in the middle. I found this to be true for both the wool felt and the polyester felt I tested. I made a few versions using felt from various sources and found the higher quality wool felt to be a bit thicker, which meant that it took longer to set, but the colors were richer so I was willing to wait. I used clothespins or a heavy stainless steel skillet to hold my folded petals down while they dried, as shown above.
While the petals are setting you can prepare the back of the flower. Glue the cardboard circle to the center of the 3. Then dab glue on the overhanging part of the felt and fold it over the edges of the cardboard, wrapping it around to the back. You might need to put a saucepan on top to weigh it down while it sets. This will be the base for the petals, and the folded edges on the back will be covered by your contrasting felt circle at the very end.
Now grab your contrasting felt square and circle. Position the square at the bottom of the circle and stitch it around three sides to make a small pocket that opens to the side, leaving enough room at the top of the circle to attach the pin.
You can put a few small dabs of glue on the pin before you hand stitch it into place at the top of the circle. As you work be sure to snug the base of the petals as close together side by side as you can; the more you can fit on the base, the more dramatic the results. Next, glue a row of the 1. Do the same with the 1 inch petals, leaving about a 1 inch circle in the middle. To finish the center of the flower cut a 1 inch circle from the remaining flower color felt using the pinking sheers, or cut a wavy edge with scissors.
Glue down the small circle in the center of your flower to cover the ends of the smallest petals. Then curl the thin strip into a tight spiral and glue that to the very center. All that is left to do is to glue the contrasting colored backing to the back of the flower, covering the back of the cardboard, and find a picture — or write a little note — small enough to slip into the secret pocket. Then wrap it up and present it to Mom! Making a whole stack of these, I quickly discovered that clothespins work really well to hold petals as the glue sets, shown above.
Including, uh, actually hanging laundry. I used matching thread for the backs. I apparently have so much thread now I can match almost anything, yay? Here are three flowers I made from different felts. The one on the bottom is a test flower, made using polyester felt. From this I learned I wanted lots more petals, and a more rounded shape to them. The top-left is made from nice, thick wool felt and is one of the ones I used for the pictures in the tutorial.
The top-right is made from slightly thinner wool felt and I cut the petals much rounder. The thinner felt was easier to form and glue, but in the hand the thicker felt feels better, more substantial. For those living in Seattle here is what I learned about buying felt locally, with huge thanks to dancingsheepnw and raintea for the source tips on Twitter. The sturdiest felt with the most saturated colors was found at Clover Toys in Ballard.
But I seem to have bought all the bright and dark reds, sorry about that. Online I have two felt sources to recommend I have not purchased from either, but they come recommended from multiple sources: For my dahlia flowers I used Fabri-tac glue, but I had considered a few different options.
Sewing each petal down individually sounded like an awful lot of work, and I was afraid that the petals would shift around too much on the soft base before it was attached to a stiff backing, making it a frustrating process.
All that said, each of the above options were used by other people, thrilling! Ansley of Bleu Arts made this one in blue using the quick grab Tacky Glue. Kristin at Briney Deep needle felted the whole flower and attached it to a headband, she includes notes for needle felting.
Laura from Bugs and Fishes tacked everything down with thread and the petals turned out with a less rigid arrangement, I think utterly charming. I made one a while back. Don't disregard the impact you could make if you choose the right accessories. Spend some time when choosing a brooch, compare similar style brooches, pay attention to the general feel of it. Don't buy a brooch if it doesn't match any of your clothes.
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