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Friday, May 07, 2010

DIY Friday: Fun with Felt

Ever since my friend, Martha Brockenbrough, made me a necklace out of felt beads (at right - isn't it adorable?), I've been puzzling over how such things are made.

Have you ever accidentally shrunken a wool sweater to the size of a toddler garment? Then you know how felt is made. Basically, when wetted and soaped, the fibers open up, glom onto each other, and shrink into a tight, dense fabric that has been around since before 1000 BC. Wow.

I checked out a bunch of books from the library to find out how it's done:

There are three basic ways to do it (knitting, needling, and by hand), but I'm going to try the easy way (by hand) - and the fun way, if you want to make beads or balls. Look what fun things you can do with felt balls!

Hopefully this will be part 1, if I can muddle my way through. See the pretty colors we picked:

Wish me luck!


  1. Good luck!

    This weekend, my daughter is making a cookie bouquet.

    Creativity is fun -- and critical!

    Happy Mother's Day!

  2. Good luck! It looks like fun.

  3. OOO. Felt ball neckaces..I love it. It seems so therapeutic!

  4. Those are darling! What a cool project!

  5. SO COOL! I've seen a lot of felted stuff lately, and would love to see how you do this!

  6. I think if you accomplish this. You will now be considered The Jack of all trades. As I have no ability to accomplish that.

    I love trying new things, As of now I am trying to knit. LOL

  7. Thanks, everybody! Projects are very therapeutic, I agree. Liz, good luck with knitting! I learned a couple of years ago, and it's very fun.

  8. Ooo, felting is super fun. Good luck Holly!