Lily Pads and Water Lilies
Three selfish frogs learn a valuable lesson about sharing from a toad and a very scary thunderstorm in Leo Lionni's It's Mine. I created the pattern for the Water Lily and the Lily Pads to extend the story but you can certainly use these for decorating or adding to a nature table. I made 3 lily pads and 1 water lily and laid them on a blue play silk, but you can make enough lily pads to cover an entire pond :) These have become a favorite with the grandbabies. Enjoy!
It's Mine Pattern (pattern includes lily pads for felt and frog and toad for wood)
1] Print the It's Mine Pattern.
2] Cut out 2 pieces for each lily pad. I made 3 lily pads using 2 different greens. (How to Cut Out Felt)
3] Using a blanket stitch, sew the 2 pieces of lily pads together using a blanket stitch.
white/off white roving
balls for wrapping 2", 3", 4"
NOTE: I planned to make 3 layers of petals, thus I used 3 balls. When I was done, I felt the water lily was too big for my project, so I wound up using only 2 balls; the 2" and the 3". The more you use though, the fuller the flower will be.
1] Choose the balls you are going to felt over. Think graduated sizes.
2] Follow steps 1 - 10 of our Felted Eggs for general directions on how to felt around a form. Note: I LOVE to hand felt in water. If you prefer, you can felt in the washing machine.
3] Using string or yarn, wrap the string around the ball, dividing it into 8 equal sections.
4] Using a disappearing marker, mark along each string from the top down about 2/3 the way.
5] Remove the string.
6] Using very sharp scissors, cut along each mark. Remember, do not cut the bottom third of the flower.
7] Using a fingertip or thin rag, dip in water and gently tap petal edges removing disappearing ink.
8] When you have cut your petals, place the smaller one inside of the larger one. (If using 3 sizes, place the small and medium petal in the large petal.)
9] French knot the 2 or 3 petals together using 6 strands of floss. Make one French Knot in the middle of the bottom, and 6 more knots circling the center knot.
Arrange the 3 lily pads in a circle and place the water lily in the middle.
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