Flower Brooches Made with a Resist

I needed some blue brooches to go with my latest cobweb scarves.  I thought as one of them would be for me, I would make some a bit more fancy.

IMG_0395I made these brooches on a resist.

I decided to use some of the green and pink variegated merino that I won in a giveaway.  I thought that because the roving was quite vibrant that the flowers would be also.  However, that wasn’t the case.  In fact, I just ordered some red variegated merino and thought the flower would have more depth and contrast, but that didn’t happen either.  In fact, it is a bit disappointing.  I am not sure that I will be ordering any more of this type of wool any time soon.  The purple flower was made with some stripey batt I had left over from making slippers.  Although the stripes completely disappeared, there was some really interesting texture from the lavender.  Here is the resist that I used to make the flowers.

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You can see how much the flowers shrink down during the felting and fulling process.  The hole in the middle of the resist is where the top and bottom layers are meant to join up together.  If you want more layers for your flower, you can just add another resist on top.

I had offered to do some wet felting with my neighbour’s daughter during half-term.  So I decided to help her make some flower brooches.  It is easy, fun, and Mother’s Day is coming up.  This is what she made the other day.

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Here are the finished brooches.  All I did was stitch the turquoise center and sew on the pin backs.  My little friend sewed on the button and all the beads herself.

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When I asked her what she liked the most about felting the flowers, she said she liked the throwing down bit the best! 🙂

9 thoughts on “Flower Brooches Made with a Resist

  1. What a great post. I love making flowers this way too. Could I put a link on my blog to your page please?
    It’s such a fun and easy project for families with children at home to enjoy. Thanks. Judi

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    1. No worries, I’m on the coast in Eastbourne. Beaches not as nice as in Devon, but we have the sea and the South Downs! 🙂

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    1. No, I don’t. But I would love one! However, I use a blending board that I made up with the hubs. There is a post on the blog somewhere. The drum carder only puts the wool on in one direction, which is great for making roving, but if you want to make batts for felting, I think the board is better. 🙂

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