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The ring

3D-flowers usually are worked unattached.

You start by wrapping the thread once around your left index finger.

The index finger points downwards. For making the first knot you slide the needle upwards under the thread.
Put the thread coming from the finger behind the needle, place it on the needle and finger facing to the left and hold it tight.
Now take the thread coming out of the eye of the needle and wrap it around the needle two times counterclockwise. Then pull the needle through fabric and thread loops and pull gently tight, keeping the thread perpendicular to the thread wrapped around your finger.
Put the end of the thread to the right to get it out of your way.
Work as many loops onto this base thread as you would like to have petals. Sometimes it makes sense to start the calyx with a multiple of the desired number of petals (e.g. starting with eight loops when you want to have four petals). Careful! Use the double knot for these base loops.
Once you have finished the desired number of loops, you take the thread ring off your finger and start closing it slightly. Place the next knot into the first loop worked.


Go on working circular until your calyx reached the desired length.

It's possible that working is easier for you when you don't close the thread ring completely at first, but only when you worked several rows.

Of course it is possible to increase or decrease (by passing loops) in a calyx.


You start with working a ring.
Into the loops of this ring you work extremely long picots. To work these picots you gently pull the thread leading to the last knot made long enough and hold it while tightening the double knot.
Here you see a ring with long picots.
Depending on the kind of flower you're working, it is possible to encircle the picots with double knots to add stability.
The first double knot should be as tight to the base ring as possible.
The number of double knots depends on the length of the calyx. You shouldn't be able to see those fixing knots in the finished flower.
You put some contrast coloured knots into those picots, depending on the look you want to achieve it could be between two and five or even six double knots. The last double knot can be slung around both threads of the picots to change the form of the stamens.
When all the stamens are finished, you can pull the stamen ring into the finished calyx. This bunch of stamens was designed for a fuchsia with a long and slender calyx.
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