Yaaaay! Mom and I got together for a craft day yesterday, and explored the wonderful world of felting!
We had a great time making these felt balls, which are totally intriguing. We used Judy Coates-Perez’s tutorial, which worked like a charm.
It’s so easy – you lay your roving down in layers, with the strands criss-crossing. Then you make a yarn ball for the center.
Then you wrap the roving around the yarn, making a rather loose ball. (There’s nothing wrong with your eyes, by the way – this is out of focus. Sorry!)
Next, you gently slide this ball into the leg of a pair of nylons, and tie it off. And then it goes into the washing machine.
When they came out of the washer, we were giggling with glee to see that they were smaller, tighter, and nice and round! After the dryer, even more so. Like magic!
I cannot wait to play around with stitching, beading, and sewing buttons to them now!
We also noodled around with needle felting. I’m really intrigued with the idea of felting one piece of felt to another. It worked pretty well with these fulled sweater scraps. Needed a lot of stabbing, though.
I also fulled one of the two scarf-size scraps I picked up at the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store. Now it’s nice and felt-y, and I’d like to cut some assorted circles from other colors of wool felt and then needle-felt them to this scarf.
Is this even possible? I don’t know yet. Felters, any thoughts?