Gorgeous Felted Flowers – Felt Peonies to Last All Year!
Mary Beth Colton of Far and Away Farm in New Jersey sent in her incredible felted peonies to celebrate Felted Flowers week.
“I wet felted the peonies and vase with Living Felt Merino tops. The pink peonies are made from vermillion and coral blended together and the white peonies are made from white merino with vermillion blended in. I wet felted the vase with Living Felt pre-felt wool batt and a blue merino. Peonies are my favorite flowers!”
We lost our breath…they are so beautiful! We asked her about her process, and she very generously sent in photos and steps to share with all! Below Mary Beth is using Merino Top in Begonia
- Lay out the fiber in circles or a straight line. The key here is not too thin, but not too thick.
- Wet felt; then plunge in hot and cold water, then iron to thin and remove the moisture….most of it.
- Cut each layer into peony petal shapes. Each layer of petals varies; the center petals or staminoides are very thin and somewhat spiked while the outer guard petals are large and should remain as an intact circle to cup the entire flower.
- Stretch each petal from the bottom to shape, but don’t remove all of the crinkles.
- Fold each layer while still moist so as to increase the crinkling effect of each petal. Wrap with a rubber band and leave to dry overnight.
- Next day, unfold each layer and again stretch the bottom of each petal, leaving the crinkled edges in place.
- Make some anthers and filaments (stamens) on fine wire.
- Begin wrapping the first layer, the thin staminoides layer, around the stamens and as you go around, baste the bottom of the wrap with matching thread. Continue with each layer, basting as you go.
- Finish off the bottom with a set of green sepals and insert a wrapped wire into the flower for a stem.
The last picture shows a close up detail of the crinkles.
I love peonies! Wet felting allows me to enjoy them year round. Your colors, exquisite wool and your wet vessel tutorial enabled me to bring this arrangement to life! Thank you Living Felt.
Mary Beth Colton