The Language of Flowers in Felt

I went on a felted flower frenzy before the holidays and gave away most of the ones I made. There are lots of tutorials on the web. I liked this tutorial on Make It and Love It although I always add my own tweaks. Here’s another one from The I don’t like to use hot glue; I sew everything. If you’re going to take the time to make something, why not make it to last?

For most of the flowers, I started with sweaters I fulled into felt . I used felt beads I’d already made for the center of the flowers.(Tip – you can cut a felt bead in half with a single edged razor blade and you have two flower centers!). I shaded the petals with some needle felting and with Sharpie Fabric Markers which don’t have to be heat set. I shaped some petals by “blocking” and sewing. I also did some beading embellishment.

As for different techniques, there are tutorials on pom-pom flowers, box folded flowers, felted roses and layered felt flowers. And don’t forget YouTube.

You don’t have to limit yourself to felt either. Tipnut has links to tutorials for 30 different fabric flowers.

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What I Did At Clayathon

I made a beaded bead, two birdies and started a mad scientist figurine.  I was not productive at all.  But I don’t care.  Leslie Blackford was our guest artist and she gave some wonderful demos on sculpting  and making figurines with heads that screwed on and off so you could change them depending on your mood.   Leslie’s work is engaging, memorable, clever, funny, punk, outre, and wonderfully screwy all at once.   She is a patient, generous teacher and down to earth.    We all had a blast.   I bought one of her necklaces (a pizza eating cat) and  part of the clasp bore the words, “Damn everything but the circus!”  I looked up the e.e. cummings poem which seems to describe Leslie’s approach to polymer clay.  I think it’s also a good way to live:

Damn everything but the circus!

…damn everything that is grim, dull,

motionless, unrisking, inward turning,

damn everything that won’t get into the

circle, that won’t enjoy, that won’t throw

its heart into the tension, surprise, fear

and delight of the circus, the round

world, the full existence…

— e.e. cummings

I saw old friends, made new ones and took a cold walk on the Atlantic City Boardwalk to Caesars Casino with Leslie,  Rob Yost  (who came up from Maryland wearing his skunk hat) and Barb.  Emily and Lisa were preternaturally prolific as always.   People sculpted some incredible things and I took scads of pictures.  I  hope to post most of them in the fullness of time.

Here are my birds

To see everyone else’s birds, go to to the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild’s blog, the Guild Reporter

I’ve Gone to Clayathon

See you next week!

To see Leslie’s work featured on Polymer Clay Daily, press here.

For posts on past Clayathons, Press here, here and here.

I have a beading project in the latest special edition of Step By Step Beads.   This is a great issue because  it’s full of interesting articles plus there’s lots of great  beading and polymer clay  projects.  To buy a copy, press here.

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for Ornamento.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 43,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Crunchy numbers

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 43,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2011, there were 49 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 229 posts. There were 510 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 220mb. That’s about a picture per day.

The busiest day of the year was February 24th with 334 views. The most popular post that day was I’m Inspired!.

Thanks to all the readers for a good year!  I had the great fortune to spend the holidays in Venice and will  post  soon about the glass of Venice and Murano.  With pictures!

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 52,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 12 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.