A Dozen Red – Judy Pagels


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.

Fulled rose on the right

Rose assembly: Fold the smaller, fulled square, in half and catch the edge 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.

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

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.

To attach a stem, I poked flocked floral wire threaded on a needle through 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.

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.

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Judy Pagels

Judy Pagels comes to Schacht from a varied background in printing, graphic design, and flower arranging. Hired initially as our shipping manager, Judy shortly afterwards was promoted to sales and service manager where she is in charge of new accounts, as well as sales and service. Judy is first a knitter, but also weaves and spins—always with a keen eye to great design.