How to Make Felted Beads

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

Oh, wool roving, where have you been all my life? I had no idea how much fun you were. What with the bulky knitting and the needle felting that you can be used for. And now? Felt beads. So fun, so quick, so addicting to make. No really, these are quick and simple and so much fun. You can even make a few in between washing dishes. How many crafts can you say that about?

Here’s what you need:

  • Wool roving, colored or not. Whatever strikes your fancy
  • Hand or dish soap
  • Access to cold and hot water

1. Grab a wad of roving about three times the size of the finished bead you want. If you want to make a bunch that are the same size, it’s best to weight the roving pieces before you get felting.

2. Pull the fibers apart and layer them into a rough ball shape. Run this under a little water.

3. Soap up your hands and start rolling. Don’t press of squeeze and resist the urge to roll roughly as you would with playdoh. It helps to cup your hands slightly to help keep your pressure light.

4 Keep a-rolling, rinsing the ball now and then and adding more soap. As you roll the bead will get harder and harder and smaller and smaller. Once you see that the bead is no longer absorbing much water, it is fully felted. Pour a little boiling water over them to shock them a little and tighten up the fibers.

5. Allow the beads to dry before using them, this can take a day or two depending on the size of the bead.

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

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