How to Make a Nuno Felt Corsage to Celebrate the Good Times

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Bold and beautiful flower power!
Colorwashed silk enhances the illusion of a natural flower.
The more layers of wool roving you incorporate, the stiffer the flower will become.
Bold and beautiful flower power!

Bold and beautiful flower power!

Photo: Tina Hilton
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Nuno felting is a method of producing a lovely, lightweight felted material with a nice drape. It is accomplished by placing fine layers of wool roving on top of thin silk chiffon, saturating with soapy water, and agitating to simultaneously felt and bind the wool fibers into the silk material. Nuno felting has been traditionally incorporated in the creation of one-of-a-kind wraps, shawls, and scarves, but you will find that it is a perfect medium for capturing the beauty of exotic, fantasy flowers.


  • 100% lightweight silk material (I used an 18-inch x 18-inch piece of silk chiffon from Mary Jo's Cloth Store, a mecca for a wide variety of fine fabrics at bargain prices)
  • Wool roving, both combed and curly in your favorite flower colors
  • Plastic
  • Bubble wrap
  • Large towel
  • Foam tube or car shade
  • Old panty hose or fabric strips
  • Rolling pin
  • White glue (I used Aileen's Tacky Glue
  • A small piece of wool felt
  • Yarn for embellishment
  • Pin back

Prepare your work surface with a layer of plastic, then a layer of bubble wrap with the bubbles facing up, and place the silk fabric on top.

nuno felt corsage
Colorwashed silk enhances the illusion of a natural flower.

Cover the entire surface of the silk with a thin layer of roving, then position contrasting roving in a flower shape.

nuno felt corsage
The more layers of wool roving you incorporate, the stiffer the flower will become.

Completely saturate the fibers with room temperature, soapy water.

nuno felt corsage
Place large towels under the plastic before you soak with soapy water!

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Comments (5)

SweetbriarStudio writes: I'm a self-taught felter and I really appreciate reading about the many ways to wet felt. Thanks for some new ideas!
Posted: 6:03 pm on June 6th
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Posted: 2:32 pm on May 24th
Tina_Hilton writes: Dear SMVG - Each and every one the projects I posted over the past year have been a delight and pleasure to design and execute. It gives me great joy that I have been able to share them with you and all the loyal Craft Stylish community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continuous support and encouragement. Tina
Posted: 6:41 pm on May 14th
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Posted: 6:03 pm on May 14th
SMVG writes: Can't wait to try it! You not only have great ideas but they are ALWAYS
Posted: 6:02 pm on May 14th
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