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Feb 05

A Dozen Red – Judy Pagels

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Besides a box of chocolates, what is the quintessential Valentine’s Day gift? Having been a floral designer for 11 years (and counting) the definitive answer is red roses! This is my offering of the same, created with Zoom Loom Squares. Make your own, one or a dozen!

Most roses have names so mine will be called Colorado Red. This is the colorway of the yarn I used from Neota Designs, a 50% wool, 50% silk blend. This rich, complex red competes with the loveliest of the fresh varieties.

Each rose uses two squares. I fulled half of the squares to make them smaller for the inside of the rose.

Two squares of zoom loom fabric in deep red for creating roses

Rose assembly:

Fold the smaller, fulled square, in half and catch the edge about ¼” from the bottom with needle and yarn.

catching the edge of the fulled square about ¼” from the bottom with needle and yarn

Start with the fulled square.Roll the square and catch the end to keep it together.

Roll the square and catch the end to keep it together

Fold the larger square in half

Fold the larger square in half and wind it around the first rolled square, adjusting the placement to achieve the best looking bloom.

wind it around the first rolled square

Winding the second square around the first

Winding completed, the two squares now resemble a rose bud

With needle and yarn, about ¼” from the bottom, go sideways through all layers of the bloom. Then wrap the yarn around the base a couple of times to draw in the bottom a bit. Secure it and take a few stitches at the very base to make it smooth.

wrap the yarn around the base a couple of times to draw in the bottom

To attach a stem, I poked flocked floral wire threaded on a needle through the base of the rose.

flocked floral wire threaded on a needle

floral wire wrapped around the base of the rose

Now, to create a hole for the stem, use a needle to create an opening at the base of the bloom. Insert the stem. I used a floral paper wrapped wire to give the stem some bulk and structure. Bend the flocked floral wire around the base of the rose and twist around the stem to secure.

the rose bud is tied to several strands of paper wrapped floral wire twisted around  each other to form the stem

Remaining flocked wire from the bud is wound down the stem

A good floral designer always hides her mechanics so, to complete the rose, wrap the base of the bloom with some green fiber and needle felt it into place.

wrap the base of the bloom with some green fiber and needle felt it into place

Eight completed red roses are arrayed around a zoom loom

1 Comment

  1. Pinetree Studios
    February 5, 2015 at 8:32 pm ·

    Wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing!!!