You might remember my first few attempts at felting. I’ve made some sweet little chicks and some fun heart ornaments. What I’ve always wanted to make are felt balls. Felted balls are made simply and quickly and can be used in so many, many projects. I’ve been dreaming of making necklaces for Christmas presents. Something has been holding me back from making them. A couple of weeks ago I decided that I had to jump in and try making them. So, here’s what we did.
You will need
1. Rip the wool roving into small pieces…be sure to rip and never cut the wool roving…the raw edges mend together easier than cut edges.
2. Roll the small pieces of wool roving into a ball, overlapping each piece. Make the ball larger than you want the final ball to be, because the ball will shrink as it comes together.
3. Drop the ball into a bowl of hot, soapy water. Just a drop of dish soap is needed.
4. Remove the ball from the bowl and begin rolling it between the palms of hands…roll gently at first…just like you roll a ball of play dough.
5. After rolling around a few times, place your hand, with the ball, under hot running water…as hot as you can handle.
6. Continue rolling the ball in your palms and placing it under hot water until it reaches the size and density that you want.
7. Let the balls dry out thoroughly and then use them as you like.
The combination of heat, water, soap and friction allow the fibres to mend together to create the ball. The entire process takes about 3 minutes. I lined up a bunch of dry balls and then moved through felting the balls one after another. That seemed to be the best process for making the felt balls.
So, now the question is what to make. I’ve been inspired by the nature around me…the autumn season. I can’t wait to share with you what I made with these…come back on Thursday to check out what I made!