Felted Easter Eggs!
Remember the Spring Fiber & Fabric Craft Roundup from last week? It included a tutorial by Rosina of Rosy – Posy on how to make felted easter eggs. I’ve never made them so I decided to give it a try. I thought they were made the same way as the Wool Dryer Balls, but I was wrong!
If you saw the dryer ball tutorial, you know that they are just dry wool fiber wound up in a ball. Well, to get the egg shape, the fiber has to be wrapped around one of those plastic easter eggs and it kept sliding off when I tried to put it in the pantyhose. Also, I wanted to add decorations with dyed yarn.
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Did you see my other Felting Tutorials?
Wool Roving – Any kind (sheep, alpaca, etc)
Wrap the Roving
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 whetted down, 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. I wanted the felt to be a bit softer than the dryer balls so I decided not to put the eggs in the dryer and air dried them instead.|
|There ya go! Have you tried felting yet??|
If you’re following my Felting Techniques Series, I have to take a small hiatus. Just a couple of weeks to get ready for an art show in San Antonio next week! Stay tuned 🙂