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Felting

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San Jose, California, US
2008
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Wet Felted Beads Tutorial

These are great little accents to so many projects! Basic, fun, can be made in any color, or a combination of a few! Great project for involving kids in fiber work, too. Also a fantastic beginner project to get you used to working with felt.



Instructions

  • How to make a felted bead. Wet Felted Beads - Step 1
    Step 1

    Materials:

    Arrange all supplies neatly within reach for ease of working. I use an old dismantled desk shelf on top of 2 towels, folded in half and stacked. I have friends who wet felt in the bathtub, over the sink, or outside as well. Indoors works fine for me, you just do your best to not get your carpet soaking wet. :)

  • How to make a felted bead. Wet Felted Beads - Step 2
    Step 2

    Grasp the top of the roving firmly between the palm of your hand and your fingers, and pull a short length of fibers from the rest. Layer these fibers in your other hand, alternating colors if you'd like a marbled effect.

  • How to make a felted bead. Wet Felted Beads - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using the sponge, dampen the fibers with soapy water. Press lightly, then roll the sponge off the fibers. This ensures you won't pull the top layer of wool off the rest with the sponge.

  • How to make a felted bead. Wet Felted Beads - Step 4
    Step 4

    Squeeze the fibers together lightly, distributing soapy water. Begin to roll into a loose ball, using light pressure and cupped palms. This part of the process goes a little slower, but that ensures a smoother bead at the end.

  • How to make a felted bead. Wet Felted Beads - Step 5
    Step 5

    Lower the loose ball of fibers gently into the hot water, making sure the ball is completely saturated. Remove from water, allow excess to run off, and squeeze remaining water into the soap container.

  • How to make a felted bead. Wet Felted Beads - Step 6
    Step 6

    Roll the bead between your hands, using slightly more pressure and a slightly-cupped palm positioning in your hands. Pay attention to the shape of the bead, watching for roundness or separation of fibers. Gradually add more pressure every so often.

  • How to make a felted bead. Wet Felted Beads - Step 7
    Step 7

    Drop the bead in the ice water, making sure the bead is fully saturated. Remove from water, and squeeze excess out into soap container. Apply more soapy water if the bead is starting to lose its suds, being careful not to over-soap. If this happens, rinse some of the soap out with the cold water and squeeze back into soap container.

  • How to make a felted bead. Wet Felted Beads - Step 8
    Step 8

    Repeat hot-and-cold water processes until bead becomes dense and smooth. On last few cycles, do not add any soap. Rinse the bead in cold water, and finish fine-tuning the shape of the bead by rolling between your palm and fingers.

  • How to make a felted bead. Wet Felted Beads - Step 9
    Step 9

    Set finished but damp bead into a separate container, and continue process to make more beads. I usually make at least a dozen of each color scheme. I like to do this because there's such variation in each bead, even though I'm using the same colors!

    When completely finished, set container in a well-ventilated area. Try to keep space between the beads for better air flow. Let beads dry completely, 1 to 2 days depending on your climate.

    The final product can be used as a button for a purse, felted or otherwise; they can be strung and worn alone as a beautiful necklace, or can be embellished with beads or embroidery to make an even fancier statement. There's lots of possibilities for these little guys, and they're so fun you'll find yourself looking for any excuse to make them!

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Comments

Blue Teapot
Blue Teapot · Clonmel, Tipperary, IE
I love these and I will have to make some one day Happy
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deni m.
deni m. · Varna, Varna, BG · 18 projects
They are just lovely! Happy
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Megan LaCore
Megan LaCore · San Jose, California, US · 42 projects
I don't see why not Disaidra, but i would imagine you'd have better luck sewing them together. You can get a needle and thread through any section of these little guys.
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Disaidra
Disaidra
i wonder if you could glue diferent sized ones toggether to make a teddy ornament
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Gir
Gir · 4 projects
ooo, im gonna make mine into a chunky braclet!
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