Wool flowers make attractive hair accessories and appliques, and they're easy to make. Making wool flowers requires few tools and materials, and very little time. You can create dozens of blossoms in just a few hours, which makes wool flowers ideal for last-minute gift-giving. From pansies and roses to daisies and marigolds, creating wool flowers of any shape is easy and fun. Just follow the guidelines below to make your own garden of woolly blooms.
Select colours. Find wool felt in a range of colours, whether you'd like a bright, modern flower, or a more realistic bloom. Search for shades of felt that suit your project.
Draw a rough sketch of your finished flower. This sketch will serve as your guide through the rest of the flower-making process.
Sketch templates. Use a piece of lightweight card stock to create templates that will allow you to easily transfer petal and leaf outlines onto wool felt. To create a template, use a compass to draw a circle with a diameter equal to your flower's finished size. For multidimensional wool flowers, draw successively smaller circles.
Draw petals into each circle and cut them out. Make sure the petals in each circle remain connected in the centre. Leave the smallest circle intact.
Trace your template outlines onto wool felt with a fabric marker pen. Make sure you use a pen with fading ink. To add more dimension to your finished flower, use different shades of wool felt for each layer of petals.
Cut out your petals. Leave the centre of each disc intact.
Sew your flower together. Stack the discs, beginning with the largest on the bottom and the smallest on top. Arrange each layer to expose as much petal as possible. Thread your needle with embroidery floss, and push it through the underside of your petals. Sew back down through the top. Repeat several times to secure.
You can create attractively embellished flower centres as you sew. Try threading a few seed beads onto your needle before sewing back down through the felt. Repeat until you cover your flower's centre with beads. You can also create French knots as you sew. Holding the thread to the back, wrap it around your needle four or five times. Push the needle back through the felt in almost the same place from which it emerged. Many wool felts are actually rayon felt with between 20 and 30 per cent wool content. Look for 100 per cent wool felt at waldorf and handwork suppliers.