Thursday, January 14, 2010

How to make a cream felt sphere.

What you need:
• Cream carded fleece
• Hot water
• Soap
• Foam ball to start it on or tennis ball (optional, makes it much faster to do)
If you are using a core, take a hank of wool, spread it out finely, and wrap it around the ball. Take another thinly spread hank at wrap it around the ball in the other direction, so the fibres cross. Repeat this 2-3 times until the ball is completely covered by the wool. Dip it in the water, so it is thoroughly wet, and get it all soapy. Work it gently between your hands for a few minutes. Keep working it between your hands- rolling, squeezing, etc. As it starts to felt, the wool will shrink and become firmer, and you can work it harder. Rolling it on a ridged surface will help felt it when it gets to this stage. Keep working it until you can't separate the fibres from the surface of the ball anymore. If you want to make a ball entirely of felt, the process is the same but you need to start with a tiny wad of wool and keep felting it and adding more layers until the ball is the size you want.

Please send the finished cream felt spheres to be included in the exhibition to
PO Box 345 Launceston. Tasmania 7250
(please note that the spheres will become part of the collection and will not be returned - but you will be able to follow them via this site. Thank you)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks it was a very good help, now to make a cream felt sphere. is very easy with your recommendation. Kudos