Each set of petals will be made by forming a circle of wool. Each flower consistsof at least two layers of petals. The wool is multicolored and I typically work with thecolors individually, choosing a main color for each circle as well as a secondary accentcolor. Pick up the wool top with one hand and gently pull off tufts of fiber with yourother hand. If it is difficult to pull, then move your hands further apart. The wool should
separate gently and easily…no major effort should be expended
Lay the wool down on the bubble wrap to form a small circle thatfans out from the center. Do not lay the wool down so thickly that itlooks like a huge cotton ball; rather, it should be about ¼ inch thick.Add a second layer to the edge of the circle in a complementarycolor. Make a slightly smaller circle for the middle layer of yourflower. If you have enough wool, make a smaller circle for the toppetal layer.D.
You might want to place some silk roving or
on one of your circles. The silkwill add a beau
tiful sheen. You will be trimming your circles later on, so don’t work too
close to the edge of the circle or the silk will be a wasted effort.
Cover the fiber circle with the netting and sprinkle water on the project. Press downgently with your hands to push the fibers together. The project should be saturated butnot dripping. Gently move your hand in a circular motion to flatten down all of thefibers.F.
Starting at the left side of the project, roll up the bubble wrap, fiber, and nettingmuch like you would a jell roll and use the tie to secure the roll.
Gently roll the jelly roll back and forth 100 times. Open the jelly roll package andgently pull away the netting. It might stick a bit to the fibers, but do not worry. Go
ahead and separate it…you are the Boss! You will be able to see that
the feltingprocess has started and the fibers are starting to mingle! Thefibers are starting to stick together, but your job is not done.Roll the jelly roll a second time, this time starting the roll fromthe top. Roll the package a third time, starting the roll from theright. Finally, roll the package one last time, starting the rollfrom the bottom. Felt with shrink as you roll it, so it is a good idea to roll it from all sidesin order to have uniform shrinkage.