So. First: I Googled "red cap mushroom." I was pretty sure she was talking about those adorable little Christmas mushrooms, the ones that attract fairies and gnomes. And it was not hard to imagine such an ornament, in her collection, a fanciful foot stool for elves, a shelter for woodland mice. But, my second task was to devise a way of creating this red cap mushroom... making it worthy of the Queen of Craft! I was delighted to realize that the materials were close at hand.
A good size stone for a mushroom cap, and in the same fashion that made felted wool bars of soap, I felted the stone, but before the stone was completely encased in wool, I slipped the stone out and had a little red pouch.
I needled felted white dots, then set to work on the mushroom stem.
That was very similar to making wool bracelets... just a lot thicker and shorter.
A funny thing about the wet, soapy wool: you have to employ a little faith and patience... I was close to the form I wanted, but it looked and felt like a soggy, limp mess! I had to let the stem dry, and as it dried I would tweak the shape, sometimes squeezing it gently, sometimes needle felting small loose bits.
Once the cap and the stem were complete, I slowly, delicately, needle felted the stem into the underside of the white spotted, red mushroom cap. Little jabs, round and round, and easily they bonded together.
The next concern was what I could do to add to the piece, to make it an ornament. That was when I decided to make it an ornament that could perch in a tree, or sit in a woodland scene, so it would need a base.
I found a small wood round, and glued a piece of blue wool felt to it, then needle felted a forest floor... a green mossy mound, and a small river stone. Next came the red capped mushroom and I carefully jabbed at the base of the mushroom stem, felting the wools together.
Now, wasn't that lucky?
There's more to share, soon, and maybe you remember a cute chick swinging in our Christmas tree? Thank you, Kim!