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Nancy guides us through the process of how to make a pretty bell flower, perfect if you’re a beginner starting out on your felting hobby. These flowers are great for hanging in your garden!
We would like to thank Nancy from Flights of Fancy for sending in this tutorial, please find the instructions written by Nancy below:
I call this a bell-flower because when I make them I put glass stamens inside and hang them from long felt laces so they tinkle in the breeze. You can use ribbon and bells and get a similar effect.
What you'll need:
Follow these steps:
Tip 1 - Don’t forget your work will shrink as you felt the fibres.
Tip 2 - No-one else will tell you this, but I always advise that you spray your resist right at the start – this helps keep the fibres in place as you lay them out!
Tip 3 - Soap is the key to good felting. Make sure particularly when ‘scrunching’ that your work is good and soapy. If it isn’t, not only will it not felt but the finish will be ‘fluffy’ rather than smooth
Tip 4 You can make much smaller flowers by just using one colour – or VERY much bigger ones – just go on adding to the circle as far as you want to go. However, bear in mind you will need to make the PVA water mix a bit more gluey because of the weight of the wool.
Nancy is the current Chairman of The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen, and is a member of the International Feltmakers Association and SAOS. Her work is available from The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen Gallery in Milford in Surrey, and from small gift outlets and selected websites including: https://www.etsy.com/uk/your/shops/FlightsOfFantasyGB and https://folksy.com/shops/shafeenan
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