I had been searching for ages for instructions on how to make a felted rose, when I found the 'Clover' mold in Hobbycraft. The felting itself is time consuming, allow 15mins per large petal, but working in front of the tv means time flies (and needles break, you still have to watch what you're doing!). Assembling the pieces together takes no time at all, I went from seperate pieces to complete rose in 5 mins!
The link below doesn't take you to project instructions, but to the Clover website page showing the rose mold.
Place the mold on the foam, and gently pull tufts of roving off the main strand.
Stuff the roving into the mold to the top.
Start stabbing at the roving using your felting tool. Once it has flattened by about a half, add some fine strands of pale pink roving to give detail. Keep stabbing...
Once your shape has felted down to about 0.5cm thick, take off the mold, flip the felt over, pop it back in the mold and stab some more! You know when the shape is done when it is quite hard, and there are no major pieces of loose roving. The edges will always be a bit fluffy.
For this rose you will need 5 x large petals, 4 x medium petals, 2 x small petals, and 2 x leaves.
To assemble the rose, start with the small petals, lay one half way over the other and stab them at the base so they bond.
Twist the petals around each other so they look like they are hugging, and stab at the base to hold them together.
Repeat for the medium and large petals, overlap, then stab. Leave a gap between the first and last petal as shown....
...so that you can overlap them and create a 3D shape when stabbed together.
Place the small petals inside the medium ones, and stab in the centre to hold. Place both on to the large petals, again stab in the centre to hold. Lastly place the leaves behind the rose, and stab from the back to hold them in place.