wet felting pARTy

my felted ball mobile
last saturday night i had a little wet felting pARTy: i supplied a bunch of wool roving in lots of colors, i filled a couple bowls with hot & soapy water, and we rolled the wool into little balls until our fingertips were prune-y and hands were tired.

roving and hangers
i also provided drift wood and wood embroidery hoops from which to hang the felted balls, and anna‘s mom donated some really great antique wood hangers.

kristin's demonstration
kristin gave a demonstration on how to make wool “beads”, which was a welcome respite from rolling wool into balls.

when our hands were tired of manipulating wool, we strung the balls and beads onto fishing line to create mobiles and wall hangings. we used crimp beads under each ball/bead to keep them in place on the line, and i also provided plastic & ceramic beads and hardware that could be used to provide added texture and balance.

if you’ve ever tried to photograph a mobile in the middle of the day when the air is still and the natural light is perfect, you know that it is difficult! my attempts at photographing everyone’s finished pieces under the light of a 75 watt bulb — late in the evening — were failures. i photographed my piece the next day (it’s the one at the top of this post), and i’ve given up on trying to adjust color/lighting on the photos i did take. instead, as my friends put their work online, i’ll link to them so you can see the great pieces they’ve created. jess posted her mobile on her blog already, which you really need to see!

15 responses to “wet felting pARTy”

  1. sara says:

    I really wish I could have been there. I have tried this, and just CANNOT get it right!

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  2. jess says:

    I love yours! The aqua is a great addition, you hadn’t finished those before I left.

  3. Lynn says:

    What wonderful, colorful, soft fun!

  4. jen v says:

    love it!!! it would look great with your lots of dots pitcher you are going to buy someday!!!

  5. Fiona says:

    Now I know what to do with the felt balls I make!

  6. mon ami says:

    What a great idea! I recently learned how to wet felt wool balls but I was at a loss of what to do with them afterward. Your mobile is just beautiful. thanks for sharing
    xo

  7. cindy says:

    i love it and all your pics!

  8. alex sunday says:

    you really are very clever.

  9. rachel awes says:

    oh i loooooooove these!!

  10. kristin says:

    cool action shot of me tearing the roving…looks like you can see right through my skin to my ulna and radius!!

    i have such trouble photographing these!!

  11. Lori says:

    How FUN is that? I’ve never done that before. I wish I could have been there!!

  12. Florcita says:

    what a great idea1 your pARTys sound like so much fun!
    Beautiful mobile!

  13. Chandler says:

    I kind of have a thing for felt balls. I’d really love to make…oh, say, two hundred of them, and keep them in little candy dishes all over the house. Nutty, I know, but I love anything involving multicolored versions of the same woolly thing. But if I ever put them all together in to one giant felt ball pit รก la Chuck. E. Cheese, please call the authorities.

  14. kim says:

    sounds incredibly fabulous. would love to sit with you and roll wool until my fingers were numb.

  15. Anna says:

    Dear me, I fallen behind in reading. Love how yours turned out. Promise to post mine this week after the sun comes out and I can photograph it. The sun will come back out right?

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