Wednesday, March 28, 2012

tutorial: wet-felted wool easter eggs

Bucket or large container filled with warm water
Coloured wool roving 

Tear pieces of wool roving into small strips and colour match in whatever way you'd like
Tie the 2 or 3 pieces of roving together in a very loose knot and then spread the wool out to make a sphere shape, tucking in any loose ends
I must say, the more exact I was with this step the smoother the eggs turned out- if the sphere wasn't very precise the egg wasn't quite as smooth
Put a pinprick amount of dish soap on each ball, dip it in warm water and roll it between your hands vigourously until the wool starts to catch and tighten up to make a ball
At this point try to shape the ball into more of an egg shape
Repeat this rolling process until the egg is quite small, smooth and tight
I must admit I prepped the eggs and reshaped them a bit before introducing the activity to the children- the perfectionist in me just couldn't resist

I plan on threading a single piece of thread through them and hanging them from our Easter branch once we get that organised.
Are you enjoying making an Easter crafts this year?


Alison said...

Thank you for sharing this Meagan. I have been wanting to know how to make these for years. They will be joining our blown eggs covered with delicate shreds of tissue paper on our Easter branch this year.

naturally crafted mama said...

thank you for sharing- this looks like a great project to do with my boys. they loved helping me wash the woolens, all that squishing in the water. i think they will love this too!

Audrey said...

This is such a sweet idea! We have a "holiday tree" in out house and I'm always trying to come up with ideas for decorating it. I'll have to try making these!


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