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Three ways to work with felt

Felted wool adds color, texture to mixed-media jewelry

Wool is tactile and lightweight, and you can dye it rich, vibrant colors — all qualities that make it an appealing medium to incorporate into metal jewelry designs. Colorful wool balls and pieces of flat felt are easy to make with just a few tools and supplies. I’ll show you one dry and two wet methods to form wool balls. Plus, I’ll share an easy way to use wool roving to make flat felt.

See the galleries below for methods to form wool balls or a flat sheet of felt, or download the free project PDF here

Materials

  • Dyed wool roving

Tools & supplies

  • Felting foam pad
  • Felting needles: 2
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Nylon stocking (optional)
  • Liquid laundry soap (optional)
  • Bath towels or bubble wrap
  • Slow cooker (or other method to keep water warm)
  • Watering can with spray holes

Suppliers

  • Wool roving, felting needles, felting foam (local yarn stores; Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, www.joann.com)
Tip!
The wool that we buy as crafters has been cleaned, combed (“carded”), and often dyed. You can purchase wool in fluffy sheets or “batts,” or as long, organized strands called “roving.” I used dyed wool roving for these projects. You can purchase wool roving at yarn shops and at craft stores.
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