Tuesday, 8 November 2011

So... Felting

As I mentioned previously, I recently bought some merino top in a lovely burnt orange so that I could try felting.

At the weekend I decided to give it a quick try *grins* So I grabbed my supplies and went with the simplest thing I could think of - the felted balls.

Pulling off thin tufts of the top was fun - it's so fluffy, see?

And I'm really pleased with how the balls came out... They're a range of sizes, although they're all pretty small because I had no idea if it would work. I plan to make some more that are slightly bigger. Still not sure what I'm going to do with them, but that's hardly the point *laughs*

I used quite a few different tutorials to end up with a method I liked, so I thought I'd make a note of it here in case anyone else is interested.

  • Supplies: feltable material (I used merino top but I have no idea what else you can use!), bowl of hot soapy water, hands ;)
  • Pull off small sections of the top into little wisps. Shape around themselves to make a ball 
  • Dunk the ball into the water, fully submerging it - at this point mine no longer resembled a ball and just felt like a blob of wet wool, but I carried on and it worked out, so don't panic!
  • Very gently roll the ball around the palms of your hands, forming it back into the correct shape
  • Continue doing this for a little while until you can feel it starting to get denser and harder
  • As it gets denser you can put a little more pressure on as you roll it around, but don't do that to start with or it'll get squished ;)
  • When the ball reaches your desired size and consistency, rinse and leave to dry.
And voila, a felted ball *grins*


  1. Oh, those are adorable! Wonder what you'll end up making with them.

  2. Super felting, the last one makes me think of a clown nose, but that might be my screen settings making it look more red than orange

  3. yay, felt balls! And did you see this?
    http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2011/11/decorate-felt-balls-with-embroidery.html (i saw it and thought of you)

  4. This was really interesting- I have never known how to felt, so thanks for the introduction to it

  5. Cute! making felt balls is so addictive, isn't it?

  6. Thanks for the instructions. I'd tried needle felting/sculpting a while back and didn't get anywhere with it but now I want to try this method.

  7. I've always wanted to felt. Have you tried needle felting? The sculptural aspect draws me in...

  8. Oh fun! These would make fun balls for my 20 month old or with a thread or string, great tree decorations!


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