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Project

Yarn Flowers

Adorn Easter baskets or bonnets with cheerful yarn blossoms. Experiment with your yarn of choice, and wind more or fewer times around accordingly.

Materials

  • Embroidery floss
  • Yarn
  • Green cloth-covered floral wire
  • Green floral tape
  • Scissors

Steps

  1. Step 1

    1. and 2. For stamens, wind floss four times around two fingers; for petals, wind yarn fifteen times around three fingers.

  2. Step 2

    Center floss on top of yarn. Fold 9 to 10 inches of floral wire in half.

  3. Step 3

    Hook wire over center of yarn and floss; pinch tight, and twist to create the stem.

  4. Step 4

    Snip looped ends of floss and yarn, and fluff.

  5. Step 5

    Cinch at base of flower with floral tape, and cover stem.

  6. Step 6

    Trim stamens short; adjust petals, trimming to desired length. Tie flowers together into a nosegay, and attach a safety pin for a corsage; or use more floral tape for a vine to crawl along the handle of a straw basket.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2001

Reviews (18)

  • BellaNyssa 18 Jul, 2011

    Martha i dont think its describibg the ease in this task... i know its easy n simple...but the procedure is not clear for most of the no-knit or yarn crafts

  • TheGreenMama 22 Apr, 2011

    Love the flowers but for a novice like me, the directions were confusing. I followed them generally but then did my own thing. Still worked out in the end. Very beautiful idea!

  • mydezigns 9 Apr, 2011

    Can anyone tell me where those bunnies in the basket come from, so need to buy! Kind Regards Margie

  • cjpcrew 8 Apr, 2011

    Hi Tiffany_Sun. WHere's the link? Thanks. PS Martha, Please send larger photos and photos to go along with each step. This project is actually one of the easiest I have done and simple for me, but other projects not so much.

  • Tiffany_Sun 5 Feb, 2010

    Hi lsantucci, we've now included a link for you to see an XL-sized version of the finished product.

  • lsantucci 27 Mar, 2009

    It would also help to see an enlarged photo of the finished piece. Its too hard to see details at this size.

  • jaydubya 18 Mar, 2009

    If you have a copy of Martha Stewart Living April 2001, there are progression photos included with the directions.

  • pinkie3845 21 Sep, 2008

    I say the same - step by step pics or video needed as with a lot of the crafts. Very confusing to understand have to read it over and over and still not getting it.

  • pinkie3845 21 Sep, 2008

    I say the same - step by step pics or video needed as with a lot of the crafts. Very confusing to understand have to read it over and over and still not getting it.

  • pinkie3845 21 Sep, 2008

    I say the same - step by step pics or video needed as with a lot of the crafts. Very confusing to understand have to read it over and over and still not getting it.

  • pinkie3845 21 Sep, 2008

    I say the same - step by step pics or video needed as with a lot of the crafts. Very confusing to understand have to read it over and over and still not getting it.

  • thymeforfun 16 May, 2008

    Photo's or a video would be really helpful - thanks!

  • Cherise 20 Mar, 2008

    I agree- step-by-step photos are needed! I wish they had them- this craft is very cute :(

  • KaterTot 13 Mar, 2008

    DEFINITELY need step by step photos UP CLOSE to understand how to do the center.

  • CraftTestDummies 10 Mar, 2008

    This craft would be easier if you just invested in a pom-pom maker! I think Clover makes one.....

  • budnot 10 Mar, 2008

    this is the same as making pom-poms with yarn except that the floss loops must be placed on top of the yarn loops so that they will be in the center of the flower.

  • XenaGabby2 9 Mar, 2008

    I know what ya mean..Mjstar...It sounds easy.. yet it seems kinda confusing at the same time.. I wish there was a step by step with pictures..like most of the crafts...

  • mjstar 25 Feb, 2008

    does anyone have any other photos of exactlly how to do this? i THINK i've got it..but it's a tad confusing on how exactly to make the flowers.