Elena Roltinica, of Naberezhney Chelny, Russia,
creates felted floral brooches that are exceptionally beautiful!
Fabulous, attention-getting accessories for a lapel, hat, belt or purse.
She owns a hand-crafted business called Roltinica.
I've interviewed her and "picked" a few of her flowers for you to see.
Each one is more lovely than the last!
Elena, how did you start making these lovely felted flowers?
It all began with my daughter Tatiana, who came across a felted purse tutorial online. I made one for her, and she was overjoyed! Through that experience, I fell in love with felt! I eventually tried making flowers and became completely absorbed in it.
They look so real!
I do felting every day, and I'm always experimenting. I've come up with my own technique so that the fluffy wool becomes smooth and soft, yet firm. I try to make my flowers look real and the only thing that's lacking is their fragrance!
Tell us more about your experiments.
New techniques and fibers offer possibilities that let me create different and unique items. In addition to wool, silk is a fiber that is great for felting. By mixing wool and silk, I can create interesting textures for more exotic flowers.
What are your plans for the future?
I wish there were more than 24 hours in one day! I plan on writing a master class for flower felting. People are often curious to learn how I make petals and stamens that look so real. I'll be happy to share my knowledge with other felt-loving artists!
In addition to brooches, hair clips and rings are available.
Images used with direct permission from Elena.