Tuesday, December 17, 2013

How to Make Felted Flowers on a Knifty Knitter Spool Loom

These flowers are knitted using wool yarn and the small end of the spool loom. They are knitted as a long tube, approximately 25 inches in length. The tube is then sewn into a flower shape, then the flower is felted. It makes a pretty embellishment for a felted tote bag, or coat pin.

You will need:
  • Spool Loom
  • Yarn Needle
  • Pattons Wool Yarn
  1. E-wrap the small end of the spool loom with only one strand of yarn. 
  2. Use the no wrap stitch (seen in the video below) for the remainder of the project. Knitting circularly around the spool loom until the knit reaches 25 inches.
  3. Cut the working yarn and leave a 10 inch tail.
  4. Use a regular needle and thread to sew the tube into the shape of petals. Zig zag the tube, securing it with thread in the center. The finished flower should have roughly 5 petals. 
  5. You can sew a small loop of tube into the middle for the flower center. This is how the flower appears with a tube center.
  6. Felt the flower by washing it in a washing machine and laying it flat to dry. If you have a high efficiency washing machine, check out these instructions for felting.
  7. Embellish with buttons or other items for the center.

    For step by step instructions to sew the petals in place, see the ArtMind blog. Note: the flower in these instructions is made in the same design, but using a shorter tube, as it is not to be felted.
If you desire to dye the felted flowers, check out the instructions for dying felted wool with kool aid.

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