Two years ago, when I first started getting serious about this blog, I shared a tutorial on how to make Felted Easter Eggs from wool.
Yikes! Did you see it?? The tutorial itself is pretty good and accurate but the photos?? Ick! Anyhoo, I decided to felt up some new Easter Eggs to show you how pretty these felted Easter Eggs can be (and how much better my photos are now??).
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The new raw wool fiber and roving I used:
Wrap the Roving
The step by step felting instructions are basically the same, regardless of whether you use raw wool fiber or roving. Just make sure to cover each part of the plastic egg with a good layer of fiber. (Hint: put a piece of tape all around the egg along the joint to keep it from coming apart)
Take a piece of roving and thin it out. Place a plastic egg in the center and wrap the sheet of roving around it, tucking in the corners as much as you can.
I took a second strip of roving and wrapped it around the egg in the opposite direction to make sure the entire egg was covered with fiber. This also helped me to tuck in any big lumps.
Sprinkle the fiber wrapped egg with warm soapy water and using your hands, work the water all the way into the fiber. Once it’s completely wet, you can add stripes of yarn if you’d like. Wet the yarn.
Wash & Dry
Carefully place your felt eggs in the panty hose and tie a knot at the top of each one. Put them in the washing machine and wash with detergent and hot water. You can add clothes if you want, just be aware that if your roving or yarn is dyed, it may bleed. When the washer is finished, take the eggs out and cut off the nylon hose. Lay them out to dry completely.
Here are the new ones!
Hand Dyed Merino Sheep Roving in Turquoise to Burnt Orange:
“Marbled” Easter Egg with Natural Wool White Roving with Black Fiber veining:
This is also a great kids’ craft. Children are naturally great at wet felting and they love being able to play with soapy suds and wool.