1. Synthetic Fabrics
2. Tea Lights
5. Beading Needle
6. Beading Thread
7. Selection of Seed Beads
8. Old Side Plate
Ok, so now you have gathered all the things you need the first thing you must do is choose your fabrics. I generally choose three different ones...either all the same colour, or ones that compliment each other, and also all different textures.
Once selected cut out five/six (or however many layers you want) circle decending in size. These can be roughly cut, there is no need for precision. Here is a picture of mine....
Next take the plate place the tea lights on it....to protect your work surface and light the tea lights. Take the largest circle and hold the edge close to the flame. As the fabric starts to burn and melt turn it so that the whole thing has been exposed to the flame. Now hold the under side of the circle over the flame....about 1-2 inches away from the flame, and melt the under side...this will cause the fabric to pucker up....here are mine all done using the same technique for all of them...
Now that all the circles have been burnt using the needle and thread sew all the layers together to create your flower. Then add your beads to the centre, I out 3 or 4 on each pass through the fabric to create dimension to the centre. Do this until you are happy with your flower, and then finish off by knotting behind.
Here is the picture of my finished flower...
It really is as simple as that. With the cost of large flower, you would be mad not to have a try....and it is such fun, and becomes addictive.......after I made this one for the tutorial.....I just HAD to make another...LOL
I hope this all makes sense, but if you have any questions....you can contact me using the email link to the right.