Equipment you will need in addition to the kit
- UHU craft glue (yellow box) or a hot glue gun.
- Cocktail stick
- Fray stop or clear nail varnish
- Thread – black thread to match the flower backing felt, and if sewing your flower onto a hat, thread to match your hat.
- Sewing needles, pins.
- Craft scissors (kitchen scissors if not available) to trim your hessian circle, felt backing and paper template.
- Embroidery scissors (if not available use nail scissors)
- Steam iron and ironing board
I really enjoyed developing the concept for the design of the flower which was inspired by our local rag rugging techniques, and uses Lochcarron of Scotland repurposed tartan fabric. Lochcarron tartan is woven just over the Scottish border from us, here in Northumberland. In addition to the kit listed here, you can see more images of finished tartan flowers used to decorate my range of wool felt berets in my British Craft House accessories store
Wear and care guidelines
Once you have finished your flower please enjoy wearing it as a corsage, handbag accessory or to trim a hat. There are more ideas in the detailed instruction manual, contained in the kit. Your tartan handmade flower has a high wool content so is quite robust. When not in use please store your flower petal side uppermost, protected in a drawer, or if you pop it in your handbag when you’re not wearing it, you may find after a period of “lurking” in your handbag, that your flower needs a little TLC.
The best way to refresh your flower is to lie it flat, on the ironing board. Hover over the flower with your steam iron, gently puffing steam over the entire flower and bow. Then gently reshape the flower and bow, remembering to lie the flower petal side uppermost, until dry. If your petersham bow points show a tendency to curl up, try steaming the points and gently pinning them flat onto the ironing board, with dressmakers’ pins until they are completely dry.