A gift

I’ve made a lot of flowers recently but still wanted to make one more but as a gift this time. In my head I had visions of palest pink with many petals so was quite surprised to find myself laying out fibre in purples and oranges. I should have just gone with the idea but took a look through my stash of dyed fibres and was distracted.

I laid out a Merino/Silk blend followed by a layer of purple and then a carded layer of purple, blue, orange and red. It didn’t feel right that the back of the petals should be plain. Over half of the fibre I laid some red and blue striped crystal organza and then turned it into a pre-felt.

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Laying the pre-felt aside I felted a multi green stem in which I put wire to keep it very stiff. This will be part of a bouquet which may be stood in a vase. I then cut out 3 circles of pre-felt and attached them together with the stem.

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Although it’s a little dark I am pleased with the finished flower and the blended colours.

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The blue in the organza shows up very well in the sun and adds a little sheen across the inner petals. There’s no fabric on the back layer of petals.

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Against all that lovely blue it just had to be orange beads for the centre.

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It’s not yet quite dry but it will be by the time I hand it over. Whilst making this I made another one as a brooch which will be in my shop very soon.

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