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Sometimes it's the simple things that make life so damn beautiful

Sometimes it's the simple things that make life so damn beautiful

Last week I was on the phone with Homespun magazine discussing all things inspiration and I've been asked again to put in another design for the magazine next year.

You really don't know what it takes to deliver a magazine, so much planning, editorials, photography and much more. So I am still surprised we are talking about next year and the fact I'm planning a project for then is crazy, but somehow not unusual.

I absolutely love our world of fauna, felt flowers are just my favourite thing to do. So it's no surprise I'll be doing something similar again.

I do want to share one of them though, it will be a small part of a beautiful bouquet, one I've wanted to do for a while, the Lavender.

It seems silly to share the design of this but the reason for this is that it's just so simple, you'll have a bunch whipped up in an hour.

To start with you'll need the following things

100% Wool Felt ours is made from Australian Fleece

Scraps of Felt. You can get these in our store, or if you are a frequent felter, you may already have these things in your stash.

To make one cut

  • 1.5" x 3.5" of either Lavender or Lilac 100% Wool Felt
  • 1" x 8" of Silver Willow or Mint
  • Cloth stem wire 22 gauge - I got mine from Spotlight here
  • Good Felt Scissors - I used Kai 7150 6" scissors - I never use them on fabric, I have separate scissors for that. I bought mine from Trevor the Scissorman, however, he's not got them on his website. Give him a call, and he'll hook you up ;) Click here 
  • Hot glue gun and spare glue - Mine is from the Reject shop in Chinchilla, just the simple 'The Craft Stall' Brand is perfect for this small work.

Let's get crafting!

  1. Take your Lavender or Lilac piece of felt, fold it in half and cut through the folded edge leaving 1/8th of an inch. Don't cut all the way through.
  2. Take your Lavender felt and glue the two uncut edges closed. This will help keep it together while you're rolling it around the wire.
  3. Take your wire and cut it in half. Place a small amount of glue on the edge of the Lavender felt pinch on the top of the wire and begin rolling it around the wire adding more glue as you go. 
  4. Take your Silver Willow piece of felt and cut the felt leaving 1/8 of an inch. It's a simelar method to the Lavender but without folding the felt. 
  5. Using the same method as the Lavender tip, place a small amount of glue on the edge of the felt and roll it around the wire. Start about 1-2 inches below the flower.
  6. And your done!
These are just so simple to make, I see you all sewing these with your favourite Crime podcast or TV show on Netflix, or some soft music playing or like me, the music of birds in the background. Much nicer than the sound that is going on outside right now, the council is out there with the whipper snippers... So noisy!
I did do a video tutorial as well if you don't like reading, have a look, you'll see how it comes together much more easily. I took this video yesterday afternoon. Glad I did considering the sounds that are going on outside now lol.
I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did, and keep in touch for my next edition of Homespun magazine next year around April, I'm sure it will look absolutely delicious.

Love and God Bless

Candice xxoo

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Helen Cooke - July 18, 2024

You lavender is BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks for sharing the design and video showing how easy it is to make. :-)

Debbie Bekkers - November 6, 2023

Looks awesome can’t wait to give it a try thanks for the video. Look forward to seeing the project inn homespun next year

Debbie Bekkers - November 6, 2023

Thanks for a great project and I loved the YouTube video. I’m definitely a watch and do kind of lady. I don’t like artificial flowers as a rule but I feel so good about yours maybe it’s the wonderful natural wool felt and the amazing results of your design.

Veronica Smith - October 9, 2023

Wow. Thankyou

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