How we make a wooly feather tree (pictures coming)

Making a twisted wool feather tree
You will need:
1. 1 fat quarter of washed and dried wool or over dyed wool. Any greens or naturals or fun colors! This will make the small and the medium tree or the large or jumbo tree. It does vary depending on how tight and close you wrap your branches.
2. #18 gauge,
fabric wrapped wire. It must be fabric wrapped to hold the florist tape and wool in place.
3. 1
roll floral tape . One roll will do a couple small trees or one large one. Match it up to the wool you are using. While there are not a lot of choices, we use white for white wool or natural wool and brown for green or funky charlie brown trees!
4. Heavy duty tacky glue, Elmers washable glue sticks, E6000 or hot glue gun, I LOVE the Elmers or E6000
5. On our trees I use a 1/4 in dowel cut into 8 in, 10 in and 12 long or 20 inches long. You will need to Sharpen it on one end with a pencil sharpener or sand paper to give your tree a soft point.
6. Wire cutters to snip wire
7. Sharp straight scissors for snipping your wool “feathers”
9. Clothespins or craft clips to hold the ”feathers” on the end of the wire. I numbered my clothespins to help keep track of the branches. Write “9” on 6 of them “8” on 6 of them, “7” on 6 of them “6” on 6 of them, “5” on 5 of them, “4” on 4 of them and “3” on five more. After you end with wrapping of the wool on the wire and dot it with glue, you will clip with the pin marked for that size until it is dry. Believe us when we say when your looking at about 60-100 branches its hard to tell!
11. A ruler for cutting the wire and tearing the strips.
A 12 inch one is fine
For your Wool
The small and the medium tree can be made together out of just a fat quarter.
The 12-16 tree takes almost full fat quarter, but more if you add more branches or wrap tightly.
The 18-22 two fat quarters. It really depends on how tightly you wrap and how many rows of branches you want in the tree.  I really like mixing the wools on my trees. Then if you run out you can add another color if needed!

Getting started
Always Cut the longest pieces of wire first
Cut your wires to these lengths for a 8 in tree
3 inches- 4 pieces (1 is the top)
4 inches-4 pieces
5 inches-4 pieces

Cut your wires to these lengths for a 10 in tree
3 inches – 4 pieces
4 inches – 4 pieces
5 inches- 4 pieces
6 inches – 5 pieces
Cut your wires to these lengths for a 12 in tree
3 inches- 5 pieces (1 is tree top)
4 inches -4 pieces
5 inches -5 pieces
6 inches – 6 pieces
7 inches- 6 pieces
Cut your wires to these lengths for a 18-20 in tree
3 inches- 5 pieces (1 is tree top)
4 inches -4 pieces
5 inches -6 pieces
6 inches – 6 pieces
7 inches- 5 or 10 pieces (1 row for 18 in, 2 rows for 20 in)
8 inches- 5 or 10 pieces (1 row for 18 in, 2 rows for 20 in)
9 inches- 6 pieces

Getting the wire ready:
On one end, mark a line 1″ from bottom, this is where you want to end the wool for the feathers. The space that's left is where it fastens to the dowel
Making the wool “feathers”
Tear your wool with the salvage in a strip about 1 ¼ - 1 ½ inches wide and roughly 17-18 inches long. Or if your working with yard long pieces you will have less starting and stopping. Fringe along the long edge of the wool, cutting narrow fringe (1/8-1/4″ fringe width) about 1-1 1/4 inch deep into the strip. This will leave roughly 1/4″ uncut. Try to keep them as even as you can but do not worry to much about it :)
Attaching the wool to the wire:
Place a drop of glue on the end of one wire and roll it between the last two of the cuts on the very end of the torn strip. If your using E600 hold for a second or too till it stays
Now wrap the wool tautly down the wire. I find just twirling it will make it layer nicely down the length of the wire. Dabbing a little glue as you go. Stop about 1″ from the end of the wire where your mark is and dab some more glue. Use a clip or a clothespin, with the size number ;) to hold while it dries. Repeat this to all your wires to create all your branches.
Once they are dry, wrap each bare end with the floral tape. Start it where the wool ends, over lapping the wool and twist it tightly to the tip and then I come back up the wire to the wool. This gives you a good tail to fasten to the dowel in the next step.
Attaching the branches to the dowel:
Starting with the shortest branch stand it at the end of the pointed dowel and add a drop of glue. Fasten it to the dowel using the florist tape. I find that pulling off about 18 inches of tape to work with is helpful if you are new to florist tape. Start wrapping the end of the branch over the tape you already put on it, then wrap the tape around the branch and the dowel 4-5 times to give a strong hold. Remember to pull it slightly to make it tacky. As you work down the dowel adding each set of branches the tree will get fatter and fatter. I give just a tiny bend out of the branch so I'm not fighting the fatness of the tree and the slippery branches. Then next size branches are wrapped, then next size branches and so on. I like to space about an inch to 1.5-2 inches between the branches. You can use the marks as a guide. Its not written in stone ;) You can add more for a thicker tree or less for a thinner tree. When you are finished wrap floral tape down the dowel so it is all covered with tape. I have started using a hand torn piece of wool, about ½ in, in a trunk color to wrap my dowel once all the branches are attached. This makes the hold stronger for the branches and looks really cool too! Our sweet cast iron stands hold all sizes perfectly! Now to shape your tree, just gently pull each branch down starting at the bottom, now decorate if you like or leave plain and enjoy!
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