Felted Wool Garland

Thursday, December 1, 2011

There are so many awesome ideas floating around Pinterest nowadays.  It's almost TOO MUCH INSPIRATION!  Too many ideas and not enough time to do them all.  I pinned this idea from Heather at Whipperberry a while back and knew that I just had to give it a shot.

And my version...

Wool Roving (I purchased mine from Weir Crafts.  They do have some at Hobby Lobby, but the only kind I found came in packs of two different colors so I would have had to buy three packs to get the colors I needed, and they were in small quantities, to boot!)
Baker's Twine (The best deal I found was from Paper and Linen on Etsy.)
Dish soap

That's it!

I bought 1 ounce of each the gray and red, and 2 ounces of the white.  I have a TON left over, so unless you're making a monstrous garland or extra large beads, you can probably get away with 1/4 - 1/2 ounce of each color.

There are two ways to felt:  needle felting and wet felting.  Needle felting requires a special needle and some foam, whereas wet felting just requires water and soap!  To make these beads, we're going to wet felt (although I will probably buy a felting needle and do something with all the extra roving I have!).

For these beads, which are about 3/4", I cut off a piece of roving about 5 inches long.  For some reason, my gray roving was wound up in a single piece, whereas my red and white rovings were doubled up (so I only needed 2 1/2" of those).  Just check yours to see whether it's singled or doubled.

Lightly pull it apart to separate the strands.

I don't know if this is totally necessary, but I wrapped the roving around my finger to create a sort of ball.

If you have one of these tiny sieves, you're in luck!  If not, you can just hold the roving in your fingers.

Run the roving through super hot water.  Hence the handiness of the sieve!  No burned fingers!

Once it's thoroughly wet, squirt in a dab of dish soap.

It looks like I'm pointing in this photo, but in reality, I had just mixed in the soap with my finger.  Just mix it around a little bit.

Now, take it out of the sieve and start rolling it around in your hands, forming a ball.

Every so often, rinse off the extra soap under hot water - as hot as you can stand.

...and continue rolling.  Rinse and roll.  Rinse and roll.

Until it looks like this!

Set it on a paper towel to dry and start on your next one!

I made 30 beads (10 of each color), then strung them on the baker's twine using a needle.  I spaced mine out about an inch between each bead, but I like the look of them closer together too.  When I was trying to find a place to string my garland, I realized that this would make a good necklace too!  Just make the beads a tad smaller and the garland a little shorter!

This is a super quick and easy project - the most time required is just waiting for them to dry!

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