26 April 2013

yellow tulips

I've been busy the last few weeks so have been neglecting my blog. In the last post I was working on my April Shower felt panel, progress has been slow. I'm having two flowers on the panel, grape hyacinths and tulips. Just finished the tulips this morning. Here's how I made them....

The research pages in my book

As for the flower, I dyed silk gauze yellow and with yellow wool made some nuno felt. I had great difficulty with the nuno, so if anyone has any tips how to make nuno felt I'd love to hear.
I then cut out six tulip shaped petals for one flower head.

I then gathered the base of the petals with tiny running stitches and joined three petals in a ring.

I sewed one ring of petals onto the stem (felt dreadlock). Followed by the other group of petals making sure they fitted into the spaces.

Once the petal bases were secured I needlefelted the edges of the outer petals (slipping a small piece of foam inside the flower), so the tulip kept its shape.

I wet felted some green wool for the leaves, machine embroidered it and cut it into blade shapes before attaching them to the stem.

Forgot to mention the flowers are silk side out, as I thought it looked more petal like.

Have a good weekend everyone, Ali.


  1. Love your bright yellow silky felt tulip Ali - it looks so realistic. The leaf has just the right curl to it and you have captured colour well too.
    I find flowers and foliage fascinating - they look so simple in bloom - until you start trying to represent them in 2 or 3d - so I admire your beautiful tulip all the more!
    Ali x
    Ps do have a go at scrumbling, if you have a spare moment! - its great fun! Hope your wrist's much better

    1. Thanks Ali. I have to strap the wrist up to felt but thankfully its not so bad...thanks for asking, Alison

  2. Your tulips look amazing Ali, well done, so real looking!
    Happy weekend,
    V xxx

  3. Hi Ali, the tulip looks lovely and very realistic going into the stem. From what I remember of nuno - you work it ,work it, work it and then work it some more! Then suddenly it goes. Our exhibition runs from Mon 13th - 25th May, hope you can come and see it.


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