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Wet-felted Flowers with Long Stems. Wednesday, June 5, 2013

130605 Christine holding Josephine's wet-felted white flower with large light green sepals and orange carpel and stamens..

Josephine’s wet-felted flower with green sepals, orange carpel and stamens and a long stem.

June 5, 2013 Wednesday Morning. This morning, our craft group gathered outside in garden of the Company of Angels school store of the Waldorf School of Orange County, Costa Mesa, California, USA. This was our last craft group meeting for the 2012-2013 school year. Thank you Christine Newell and Rachel Skelly for organizing our craft group this year!

Christine Newell taught us how to make wet-felted flowers with long stems. It was quick and fun! Scroll down to see what we did today. – Jzin.

June 5, 2013. Gisela’s dramatically beautiful hot-house flower wet-felted that morning.

130605 Gisela's wet-felted purple hot-housed flower with enlarged yellow pistils and stamen

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130605 happy Solana wet-felting sudsy bubble wraps

Due to the popularity of last week’s wet-felting flowers craft project, Christine Newell is showing us today how to wet-felt flowers with long stem. Below are the wet-felted flowers made last week, displayed on Rachel Skelly’s mosaic bench in the garden at the Company of Angels store.

130529 14 wet-felted flowers on Rachel Skelly's mosaic bench with logo

Rachel brought in examples of wet-felted flowers with long stems as examples and inspirations for our craft group project today.

130529 Rachel's 3 wet felted flowers with stems on gravel

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Making The Flowers

Unlike last week’s wet-felted flower project, where we made “rose shaped” flowers with starting with  three whorls, this week’s flower has only 1 whorl. Thus, it is more of a trumpet shaped flower.

130605 Christine arranging white and yellow wool top roving to wet-felt a flower

Christine arranging wool roving on Gisela’s flower.

130605 Christine arranging roving radiating from the center on Gisela's flower

Janet layering wool roving to make two separate, large wet-felted flowers.

130605 Janet layering wool roving to make wet-felted flowers at craft group

Here’s a sneak peak of Janet’s beautiful completed wet-felted flowers with long stems.

130605 Janet's wet-felted flowers with long stem

The larger the diameter of the dry wool roving you lay down, the deeper your flower “trumpet” will be.

Ah! The joy of wet-felting!

130605 happy Solana wet-felting sudsy bubble wraps

Gisela gently pushes down on her bubble wrap to saturate her all her wool fibers with hot soapy water.

130605 Gisela gently pushes down on her bubble wrap to saturate her wool roving with hot soapy water

After sufficient felting of the petals (not shown), Gisela added sex organs to her flowers…

130605 Gisela adding pistils and stamen to her wet-felted flower

Oooh lovely! Gisela’s sultry hot-housed flower with pronounced languid pistils and stamens.

130605 Gisela's wet-felted purple hot-housed flower with enlarged yellow pistils and stamen

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Making Flower Stems by Rolling Inside Sushi Mats

Lay down a long piece of dry roving inside your sushi mat.

130605 laying a long piece of roving inside sushi mat.

Leaving one end dry (for attaching to your flower), spray the rest of your “stem” roving with hot, soapy water.

130605 Christine spraying flower stem with hot soapy water on sushi mat

Christine rolling roving on sushi mat. This method gives nicely rounded stems.

130605 Christine wet felting a flower stem by rubbing roving on a bamboo sushi mat logo

My flower stem. One end is kept dry for attaching to the base of my flower which I will be making next.

130605 wet felting round cylindrical long flower stems using sushi mat

Keep rolling your stem until it is fully felted (leaving one end dry and unfelted, that end will be the attachment point of the stem to the flower). You will know your stem is fully felted by applying the “pinch test”: When you pinch your stem and gently pull up, if the wool fibers remain stuck to the stem, you are done felting. On the contrary, when you lift, the wool fibers get lifted off the stem, it means you have more rolling to do.

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Attaching long stems to our flowers

Jzin’s flower with green sepal arrangement. After this flower is wet-felted, this side would receive the dry end of the wet-felted long stem.

130605 Jzin's arrangement of wool roving colors to form a flower with sepals

A small hole is cut in the bubble wrap just large enough to allow the long stem to poke through as we manually wet-felt the flower.

130605 Cut a hole in bubble wrap and cover long stem flower for wet-felting

Tada! Alas, that is the secret to wet-felting a flower with a long stem!

130605 The secret to wet-felting a flower with a long stem

Be careful not to cut a hole bigger than needed in your bubble wrap. If the hole is too big, the areas under the hole will not get sufficiently wet-felted.

Wet-felting the flower petals by leaving the stem poking through a hole made in the bubble wrap.

130605 Wet-felting a long stemmed flower by leaving the stem poking out from bubble wrap

My flower stem attached to the sepal and petals.

130605 Jzin's wet-felted flower stem attached to the sepals and petals under neath the bubble wraps

After (much more and rigorous) adequate manual felting, Christine squeezed and shaped my flower as a final step.

130605 After adequate manual wet-felting, Christine squeezed my flower into shape as a final step.

My newly wet-felted flower, resting…

130605 Jzin's newly wet-felted trumpet shaped flower with long stem drying on the honeysuckle bush

Here is my flower, blossomed.

130605 Jzin's wet-felted flower with long-stem drying in the Bougainvillea fence

Hmm… something does not feel right.  I prefer flowers with several whorls (like the ones with three whorls we made last week) over a trumpet shaped flower with a single whorl of fused petals like this one above (looks less realistic to me).

Mother and child wet-felting together.

130605 mother and child Solana wet felting

Solana’s flower tied up into shape and drying in the sun.

130605 Solana's wet-felted flower with long stem tied up with a string to dry into shape in the sun

Nona and Debbie stopping by craft group. Notice that Nona is wearing the wet-felted flower pin made at craft group last week. Debbie is working on her doll from Christine’s 16 inch Waldorf doll workshop.

130605 Nona and Debbie at Company of Angels garden

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Results from This Morning’s Wet-Felting Work

130605 wet-felted long-stemmed flowers handmade this morning

130605 7 completed wet-felted flowers with long stems from this morning's wet-felting work with logo

Solana with her long-stemmed wet-felted flower handmade from this morning’s work.

130605 Solana with her handmade long stemmed wet-felted flower

Another view, again, of Janet’s dramatic white flower…

130605 Janet's dramatic large white flower with long stem wet-felted this morning

My trumpet-shaped flower drying on the honeysuckle hedge.

130605 Jzin's wet-felted trumpet shaped flower with long stem drying over honeysuckle hedge.

Christine holding Josephine’s white flower with long light green sepals and orange carpel and stamens.

130605 Christine holding Josephine's wet-felted white flower with large light green sepals and orange carpel and stamens..

Gaby’s sweet purple and blue flower with maroon striations.

130605 Gaby's purple and blue flower with maroon striations

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Jzin’s Handmade Flower Fairy Giveaway

Here is another view of my freshly made wet felted flower (on the bottom left of the picture). Click on the picture below to enter my wet-felted flower fairy Giveaway ending June 10, 2013.

130530 Square Giveaway 6 Waldorf Flower Fairies at Tanager Park

The Bluebell fairy (made by my daughter) has a little sleigh bell hidden inside her skirt.

130525 Trio of flower fairies square logo

When turned upside down, these fairies are flowers!

130528 flower fairies skirts piled on Tanager Park

You can also purchase my flower fairies on my Etsy store by clicking on the image below…

131113 Upside Down Pansy flower close up view of her crimpy hairstyle bob smart little bonnet

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Christine Newell’s Children Summer Craft Camp

Christine will be teaching craft camp for children this summer!

  • Location: Company of Angels store. Waldorf School of Orange County, 2350 Canyon Street, Costa Mesa, California.
  • Dates: July 8/9/10/11/12 and Aug 12/13/14/15/16
  • Time: 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Designed for Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4. Maximum 10 students
  • Cost: $125 plus $50 supply fee

Crafts:
Wet felting
Dry felting
Sun printing
Tie dyeing
Hand sewing
Batiking
Marblelizing paper
Basket making
The list goes on …

If you are interested in registering for either of the 2 camps or just need more info, please e-mail Christine at newellchristine8@gmail.com or cell (949) 244- 4663

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Piecemakers Summer Crafting Camps in Costa Mesa

Peacemakers Country Store in Costa Mesa: Click here to view their list of classes for adults and children.

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Handmade Dolls by Castle of Costa Mesa

Click here to view my other handmade dolls. I take custom orders. You can contact me on Etsy. My store name is CastleofCostaMesa. Thank you!

Sleeping Beauty at the window. Square.

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Southern California Waldorf Community Page

Let’s support our friends in our local Southern California Waldorf Community

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