Fabric

Felt Dahlia Ornament

By  April Moffatt 

size: 6"x12"

Materials

  • National Nonwovens Burgundy WoolFelt (0979)
  • Polyform Sculpey UltraLight Clay
  • Metallic gold cording, 1mm

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • EK Success Martha Stewart Crafts Flower Garden Silicone Molds
  • Loew-Cornell La Corneille Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: Series 7550C Glaze/Wash 1”; Series 7300C Shader #4; Series 7000C Round, #2, 4
  • DecoArt Acrylic Paints: Splendid Gold Dazzling Metallics (DA263); Americana Acrylic Paint, Deep Burgundy (128), Alizarin Crimson (DA179); Americana DuraClear Satin Varnish; Champagne Ice Metallic Lustre (ML04C)
  • Acrylic brayer, parchment-lined baking sheet, oven
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, craft knife, iron and pressing surface, toothpick, ruler or yardstick
  • 1. Condition clay with brayer or with hands until soft and pliable. Roll into 1-1/2" ball and press into dahlia flower mold. Remove clay flower from mold and cut away excess clay using knife.
  • 2. Roll one 1/4" clay snake; cut off four 1/4" pieces. Roll pieces into balls to form beads. Poke hole through bead center using toothpick. (Note: Holes must be large enough for two strands of cord to pass through.)
  • 3. Bake all clay pieces on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven following manufacturer's instructions. Let cool.
  • 4. Use (1:1) mixture of Splendid Gold and Metallic Lustre to paint two beads using #2 round and dahlia flower using #4 round. Let dry; apply second coat for opaque coverage.
  • 5. Paint remaning two beads (1:1) mixture of Deep Burgundy and Alizarin Crimson using #2 round. Let dry. Set clay pieces aside.
  • 6. Print flower petal patterns on page 73. Cut eight large petals, six small petals, and two 3" circles from felt. Cut 20" length of gold cording; fold in half. Lay folded cord across one circle and adhere in place using hot glue. Apply additional glue to adhere second circle atop first to create base.
  • 7. Measure 5" down from exposed folded edge of cording; knot. Thread gold bead onto cording; tie knot above bead to secure. Knot again 1" above gold bead.
  • 8. Thread red bead onto cording; knot above to secure. Repeat with remaining gold and red beads.
  • 9. Fold one edge of one large dahlia petal toward center as shown, securing with dots of hot glue. Fold in other edge to form tube-like petal; secure with hot glue. Repeat process for all petals, keeping large and small petals separate.
  • 10. Arrange large petals on top of 3" circle base; secure with hot glue. Arrange small petals on top of large ones, filling in spaces. Secure with hot glue.
  • 11. Adhere gold clay dahlia in center of flower using hot glue.
  • 12. Cut 1-1/2"x12" strip of felt. Fold in half widthwise; press. Snip 1/4" into folded edge every 1/4". Adhere snipped strip, open edge down, around clay dahlia using hot glue.