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Make Felt Beads From Wool Roving

By Edited May 4, 2016 0 0

Wool roving is wool that has been carded but not yet spun into yarn. To felt roving is to work with it so the individual fibers interlock with each other. When this happens, felt fabric becomes stronger than woven fabric. This interlocking of fibers is what happens when creating felt beads. If you've ever rolled out clay marbles between your two hands then you've already conquered an important step in making felt beads.

Things You Will Need

Wool roving, warm water, scissors, bar of soap, cold water.

Step 1

Grab some wool roving. Start with enough so when you cup it in your hands, it's the size of a golf ball. Wet both hands with warm water and start rolling the roving into a rope between the palms of your hands. At first the wool fibers are going to stick to your hands. Just keep rolling the fibers together so they interlock and after a minute or two the rope will form.

Step 2

Lay the rope out on a table and use a scissors to cut it into sections. Cut each section as long as the diameter of the rope to create a round bead.

Step 3

Pick up one of the sections and pull each end across the surface of a bar of soap. The soap should be dry. Start rolling the cut rope section between the palms of your hands. The felt bead is finished when the surface of it becomes smooth, firm when squeezed and it's no longer fuzzy.

Step 4

Turn on the cold water tap and rinse the bead to get the soap out. Dry the beads for a few days. The surface will dry relatively quickly but it takes longer for the inside of the bead to fully dry.

Once the felt beads are dried you can string them on thread or wire to make necklaces and bracelets. Make sure when your purchase your wool roving to not buy any marked as Super Wash wool roving. This roving will not felt. Felt beads can be painted and seed beads can be stitched to their surface.

Tips & Warnings

If you want to make marbleized felt beads, mix two different colors of felt roving together before starting to make the rope. If you want to create holes in your felt beads like in glass beads, stick a wood skewer through the center of each bead before you set them aside to dry.
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