Knitting (and Felting) Camellia Flowers
an introduction to Noni Flowers taught by Nora J. Bellows
Knitting (and Felting) Camellia Flowers: $45
Instructor: Nora Bellows of Noni Designs
Date: June 7, 10:30am-1:30pm
Course Description: Decorate your sweaters, your holiday table, even your sandals with knitted flowers of lasting beauty. Combine multiple flowers to embellish felted or fabric pillows or decorate the top of a gift box in a way that is as beautiful as the gift itself . . .
In this class, students will not only learn to make beautiful knitted flowers themselves, to felt (or not) and use as embellishments for bags, gifts, garments, shoes, afghans and more, but will be encouraged to explore their own creative impulses in the use of color and embellishments such as beads and handmade stamens. Students will learn how to make camellia flowers from start to finish as well as how to change the size of the flowers by changing the knitted gauge.
Students will begin by learning how to knit a petal, and then moving on to make a series of petals, learn how to assemble the finished flower for a beautiful finished result, felted or unfelted, and, finally, embellish the flower for stunning results. Most students will leave with a finished flower.
Syllabus in brief:
Introduction to the world of felted flowers via a mini Noni flower trunk show
- The leap of faith: short rows to create petals
- Changing colors for interesting and realistic effects
- Assembling flowers for a beautiful finish
- Making stamens and beading
Experience Required: Participants must be comfortable knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing.
• 1 skein each of feltable wool in desired “flower” colors. Also consider a skein of
green in order to make camellia leaves and a few yards of yellow fingering or lace
yarn to make hand-knotted stamens.
• For single-strand flowers, students should bring size 8 double pointed needles
• For double-strand flowers, students should bring size 11 double pointed needles
• Locking stitch markers
• Tapestry needle, sewing needle, sewing or nylon beading thread, optional 6 or 8mm
silver-lined seed beads or in flower colors (some warm color beads will be available
in the shop for purchase in small amounts).