Beljays Felt and Art
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Making Felt Butterfly Brooches
I thought you might be interested in getting a bit of an idea of how I make my felt butterflys.
First have to make the felt. I begin with unspun, dyed merino wool and lay it out with the colors and patterns I want. And then I go through the laborious task of making that into felt.
Here's one I made earlier...
Or if you want more info on felt making, have a look at this earlier blog post for how that happens http://beljaysfeltnart.blogspot.com/2010/02/chooks-tail-or-how-to-make-felt.html
I cut the pieces out of the felt. One sheet will give me a few sets of wings.
I might want to use different colors for upper and lower wings so I cut them all out first.
Now I'm ready to play around a bit, finding the right mix of color and texture. Then I sew them together, matching the wings with buttons or silk paper and beads. And...viola! A butterfly!
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Making a felt butterfly brooch
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