How to Felt a Yellow Daisy
This yellow daisy makes a really eye catching addition to any bouquet. It’s large, vibrant and fun. You could make three or four in varying shades of your chosen colour scheme for a really dramatic look. I hope you have as much fun making this as I did.
How to Felt a Yellow Daisy
You will need
- Sheet of yellow pre-felt approximately: 60 centimetres by 16 centimetres
- Paper template approx: 4.5 centimetres wide
- Embroidery thread (same colour as pre-felt)
- Sewing needle
- Dark brown, green, copper and orange merino wool roving
- Yellow silk roving (optional)
- Modeling wire or 3 -4 long pipe cleaners approx: 30 centimetres in length
- Felting needles
- Needle felting pad
- Bubble wrap
- Elastic bands
- Kitchen tray
- Washing up detergent
- Access to hot water
How to make
1. Start by cutting petals into the pre-felt. I’ve used a paper marker, approximately 4.5 centimetres wide, as a template to measure my petal widths. I got 13 petals from my sheet. Cut a strip all the way up stopping two centimetres from the edge.
2. Round off the bottom edges and snip ‘V’ shapes into the ends.
3. For this stage you’ll need to move into the kitchen. You’ll be using hot water and washing up detergent. Lay your petals onto bubble wrap, bubble side down, and add the orange and copper colours sparingly to the surface about two thirds of the way up each petal. I’ve also added a few strands of silk for a lovely shimmer.
4. Lay a piece of tulle over the top and sprinkle the whole thing with a little washing up detergent (a little goes a long way), and saturate with hot water.
Press down with your fingers to compress the layers of wool together and smooth down the length of the petals with your fingers. This will start meshing all those layers of wool together keeping the fibres in place.
5. Roll everything up and secure with elastic bands. I roll on top of a hand towel to soak up any suds and water.
Roll your bubble wrap backwards and forwards 20 times. I count one backwards and one forwards motion as one roll. Open up the bubble wrap and turn the petals 90 degrees, re wrap and re-roll a further 20 times. Repeat until the petals return to the original position. Every now and then you may need to clip the wool near the base of the petals as the loose wool start to felt together.
6. Pop the length of petals into a bowl and submerge in hot water from a kettle. I use a clean spoon to prod them around a bit, the water is really hot so use the spoon to pick them out and be careful handling them! Lay them out on the bubble wrap and repeat as before, rolling backwards and forwards 20 times and turning the petals 90 degrees after each roll. This is where you really see the wool shrink!
7. Once your petals are dry, cut between them so that you have 13 individual petals. I’ve used a similar colour embroidery thread to pinch the bottom of each petal, giving them more shape.
8. Make a wet felt bead for the centre of your rose by pulling off a piece of merino brown wool roughly the length of your open hand. Lay this over your hand so that the centre rests over your open palm. Add a small amount of hot soapy water and begin to pinch the fibres from the centre until it is the desired length. Roll between the palm of your hands until the wool starts to tighten (you can add more water if needed). As the wool tightens start to apply more pressure and keep rolling! Once happy with the shape of your bead, rinse out the soap and leave to dry.
9. To make a short stem I use two green pipe cleaners twisted together. I use green just in case any of the pipe cleaner shows through my wool. It will be less noticeable. If I were to make longer stems or make heavy rose heads I would use three or four pipe cleaners twisted together or a piece of modeling wire for added strength.
10. Wrap green merino wool roving around your pipe cleaners and stab it with your felting needle. This will prevent your wool from unraveling. You can easily wet felt the stem by adding a tiny bit of washing up detergent and water and rolling it vigorously between your palms. Rinse thoroughly.
11. To make the sepal you will need to lay out five tufts of the same green coloured merino wool in a star shape on a sheet of bubble wrap on top of your kitchen tray. They should overlap slightly in the middle.
12. Add a ring of wool to the centre. Add a drizzle of washing up liquid and saturate with hot water.
13. Roll up the bubble wrap and secure with a couple of elastic bands. Roll this backwards and forwards about 50 times. Unwrap, stretch the felt back into shape and roll the ends of the sepal between your fingers. Re- roll another fifty times. In order to quicken the felting process, dunk your sepal into a bowl of hot water. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.
14. Cut a small hole in your felt ball with a pair of sharp scissors and insert your stem. Use a small amount of green wool roving and wrap it around the join. Stab it into place with your felting needle to secure your bead to the stem.
15. With embroidery thread stitch the petals onto the base of the felt ball one by one.
16. Use a stabbing stitch to go in through the back of one petal, into the bead, out of the bead, stabbing through another petal on the way out. About three stitches per petal should secure them well.
17. Your daisy is now complete!