This blog is a place to archive project processes and techniques from Painted Threads with descriptions of how work was produced. I am including comments that contain questions and answers pertaining to the work from many of the original blog posts.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Felted Wool Eggs



Well over the weekend I took the plunge and created a Pinterest account since so many of my friends are on there and see what I've been missing.

While I was poking around I saw quite a few pretty dyed eggs and although this seems a little early, I thought it might be fun to make some felted eggs.


After all they aren't going to spoil between now and Easter :-)

It might be fun to also add some decorative stitching with embroidery floss and adding some cut out wool felt shapes.

If you'd like to make some too, you can follow this tutorial, just roll your yarn balls into oval egg shapes.


This is a great way to use up leftover wool yarn. Rolling golf ball size yarn balls as a base for the ball. Wind yarn into oblong shapes to get a berry shaped ball. I usually use wool yarn for the center because I know it will felt better, but in a pinch I have used other yarns too. My favorite place to order roving is from Outback Fibers, the colors are gorgeous and the prices are very reasonable.Unwind a length of roving, while holding it in one hand, grasp the end portion with the other hand and gently pull off "tufts" roughly 5-6 inches in length. Spread the fibers into a thin flat layer with all the strands going in one direction. Pull off another tuft of roving and layer it on top of the first at a 90 degree angle. Repeat this process several more times, criss-crossing 4-6 thin layers.
When lifting the blanket of roving there should not be thin spots or holes. Changing the colors of yarn in the layers will create a heathered multicolored wool ball.

Wrap the roving blanket you have created around a yarn ball, making sure there is full coverage of fluffy roving with no bare or thin spots.

Close the roving covered yarn ball in your hand and bring it to the foot of a knee hi panty hose. (buy cheap ones at the dollar store, or use those ancient ones in the back of your hosiery drawer that you never wear anymore) Gently remove your hand from around the ball pulling the hose tightly around the roving ball then tie a small piece of yarn to secure the ball in place.

When all the balls have been wrapped in the hose, place them in the washing machine, set the water to lowest level and hottest setting. Add a small amount of detergent, about a tablespoon, the exact measurement is not crucial but soap is important in the felting process. I usually run it on a long cycle, the more agitation the better the felting. Good old fashion top loading washers have the most success with felting.

When you take the chain of balls out of the machine, you will see little fibers have come though the mesh of the hose. Snip the tied yarn between the balls, gently peel away the hose removing the ball and roll the ball in your hands to smooth the fibers.

Click here to watch a video tutorial to make felted pumpkins which start with a basic felted ball.


9 comments:

  1. This is an awesome project and great inspirational photos--though you may want to change the post title from "Felted Wood" to "Felted Wool" Eggs.

    ReplyDelete
  2. thanks for letting me know Marcie, I scheduled that post months ago and had totally forgotten about it, lol

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Judy!

    I'm Claire, and I'm the editor for FaveQuilts.com. You may be familiar with some of our friends at FaveCrafts and AllFreeSewing. I'm contacting you because I would love to feature some of your quilting tutorials on FaveQuilts.com!

    Each review includes a short description of the project, a byline that credits you, a link to the tutorial on your blog, and a photo of the finished project. We also feature links to projects and accompanying pictures in our free weekly e-mail newsletter. Please let us know if we have permission to feature your projects and photos on FaveQuilts.com and in newsletters. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Thanks,

    Claire

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Claire,

      I would be ok with that, but I prefer you link to the website I use now http://judycoatesperez.com

      the tutorial for felted eggs is located here http://www.judycoatesperez.com/making-felted-wool-eggs/

      Delete
    2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

      Delete
  4. That is a remarkable undertaking and also excellent inspirational photos--though you might transform the write-up concept coming from "Felted Wood" in order to "Felted Wool" Offspring.

    ReplyDelete
  5. That is a remarkable undertaking and also excellent inspirational photos--though you might transform the write-up concept coming from "Felted Wood" in order to "Felted Wool" Offspring.

    ReplyDelete
  6. If you want your ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend to come crawling back to you on their knees (even if they're dating somebody else now) you gotta watch this video
    right away...

    (VIDEO) Win your ex back with TEXT messages?

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts with Thumbnails