Thursday, 11 April 2013

Midweek meander.

I thought you might like to learn how to make felt balls they are really lovely things with lots of uses.

What you need.
A small amount of coloured fleece, you can buy this in most craft shops.
Warm soapy water, washing up liquid is the best soap.

What you do.

Roll a fluffy bit of fleece into a loose ball shape.
Dip it carefully into the soapy water and reform  if necessary.
Keeping a fairly light touch start rolling it around in between your hands like rolling Plasticine into a ball.

Gradually increase the pressure as the ball starts firming up, re dip in the soapy water every now and then.
It is the heat and friction that makes the wool felt up, as it felts it will shrink and harden.

The small creases in the felt ball will come together as it shrinks.

The balls can be threaded together with a needle to make bracelets, necklaces or edgings, you can also use them for buttons and embroider on them. These have been threaded to use for decoration.

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