Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Portugal- Felt Flower Rings

Laying out the ring front...

 
...and back.

 
One finished ring...

 
...with a raw Bordeleria lock center, silk embellishments and beads.

 
A second ring, accented with mohair off-cut strands and Angelina...

 
...and cut into individual petals (on left).

 
A multicolored ring...

 
...with extra colored beads for 'bling'. :)

 
On our last morning of class...

...Nicola did a demonstration of felt flowers, beads and rings.

While I'm not generally much of a jewelry maker...

...I was rather taken with the jaunty style of her felted rings!

I made the first one with orange, short fiber merino...

...embellishing it with a small raw lock from the farm...

...(for remembering).

I also tried several more in different forms...

...cutting some into petals...

...and stitching on glass and colored beads for fun.

I may try making a few more of these at some point...

...since Nicola did a 'spiky' version that was really appealing! :)

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16 comments:

Rachel said...

They are great - real costume jewellery that doesn't try to be anything it's not but is just there for fun!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--Exactly! I wore one of them while dining alone my last night in Porto and I felt rather glamorous!!(Not a feeling I often have!!) Har.

FeltersJourney said...

Very pretty and fun!
This would be a nice little project to do with the girls :)
x

Voie de Vie said...

Love the fiber colors in that top one! I also really like it in its raw fiber form. I might have been tempted to just needlefelt it slightly, and call it done. :)

GalaFilc said...

Nice rings!

WonderWhyGal said...

Those are too cute!
I like how you made the actual ring part too.

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--I think they would make great party favors for teen-aged girls, too!
Denise--Yes, the peachy orange is nice, isn't it?!
Galina--Thank you!
Andrea--They are quick to make, too...and I'm sure if you did a few in a row, they would turn out much nicer than these first attempts of mine!

Terrie said...

Your ones are so pretty with beads on. I really love the rings and done a few in the workshop. Already given to my friends in England. They love them. Just love the easy and "tricky" of making it. I made 2 last week. Loving it.

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

Hi Heather. I gave you a mention on my blog today : )
http://www.aileenclarkecrafts.com/2012/07/some-colour-to-brighten-up-these-dull.html
Hope that is ok with you.
Your felt creations from the workshop are wonderful! Really inspiring.

Heather Woollove said...

Terrie--It doesn't surprise me that you've made more rings. You were making four beautiful ones at a time on our last day of class and putting us all to shame with your industry!! :)
Aileen--I'm delighted that you shared my blog with your readers today!!! Thank you for your kindness and sweet comments! XXO-

Clasheen said...

Hi Heather, Glad you and Terriea are having fun with the rings!!! I'd like to credit Sigrid and Ingrid Bannier for both introducing me to short fibre merino and sharing their method of felting the ring with the 5 spikes, good luck with yours!!!!!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Nicola...and to your friends who started it all! XXO-

Sandie Knapp said...

They would make the most beautiful pins. Your flowers are really lovely. :)

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie--Hahaha...I'm not the greatest flower maker, but these were a fun diversion!! :)

Viltalakim said...

wow lovely idea!!

Heather Woollove said...

Kim--Yes, this project is definitely one for you! You always make the prettiest embroidered rings...this would be a good one for you to try!! XXO-