It wasn’t by chance that I was running wool-esque keywords through Facebook Marketplace, I actually do it quite often. It is very much in line with wool’s second life function and ability to surpass trends. This time though, I came across an absolute gem that fit a need to brighten the office (which is a lot difficult because of the lack of natural sunlight). Tucked in there, I happened upon a local advert for teacher’s gifts and an accompanying picture of the cutest felted cacti ever with clever facial expressions. Digging further, it was excellent to find the range also included perfectly giftable sunflowers and roses. Felted! Wool felted decorations.
But I didn’t let myself get too excited, as it seems all ‘felts’ are wool.. but not all felts contain actual wool. Happy to report back that these are a blend that includes 35% Merino wool.
How cool are these?! I asked felt flower artist, Bel, a couple of question to learn more about her creations.
⭐️How long have you run the Felt flower market?
I started making felt flowers about 3 years ago.
⭐️What was the inspiration behind it?
I stumbled across this unique hobby when I was about to take my daughter to a Wiggles concert. My cousin told me to make something for them and they will collect it from you from the audience. I thought everyone would make something for Emma. So I decided to make something for Dorothy the Dinosaur and researched how to make a rose.
Upon searching YouTube and Pinterest, I was blown away at all the beautiful work from these felt florists. I started following artists such as Flohradesign and Leaphboutique in the United States on Instagram. I was so amazed. I practised cutting all the petals by hand in the beginning. Until I discovered that you could make flowers a lot quicker and with more precision with a Sizzix BigShot Pro.
So after watching lots of YouTube clips, online classes, I found myself being addicted to making felt flowers. It was hobby as first, and then friends would put orders in, and then friends of friends.
Last August, my department at the Seven Network was made redundant. So that just inspired me to put some more time and effort into making flowers. I have recently started an etsy page and have attended a few craft and local markets.
I originally started using Wool from Spotlight. I then discovered that Merino Wool Blend felt 35% Wool and 65% Rayon works best on the recommendation from Flohradesign. I purchased a trial pack from Benzie Design in the United States.
⭐️How long does one flower usually take?
One small flower could take about 5 minutes to make, with the more intricate roses taking up to 30 minutes each.
I have made regular contact with all the felt florists around the world, and have found everyone to be so lovely and supportive. It’s great to make something that instantly puts a smile on someone’s face!!
For those visiting the wool auctions, I have one of Bel’s happy sunflowers improving the office environment! Please be sure to check out her amazing creations (including headbands and pins) online on Facebook (feltflowermarket), Instagram (@feltflowermarket), Etsy (Felt Flower Handmade Creations). Definitely a unique gift for a special someone or yourself!