Monday, July 16, 2012

needle felting roving balls technique

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I couldn't find a direct source for this pin, sorry to say. I was so looking forward to whatever else this site had to offer. For all those that needle felt in the crowd, this idea is quite clever and will save you some time!

What's clever about this technique is step 1, first tying the loose roving into a knot. This gives the ball a firm center right off the bat. Next the 'tails' are simply needle felted to the center knot. Then, WA-LA, the shaping of a felted ball!

The difference between step 2 and 3 is the continual needle felting: poking the ball until it is round, solid, and the desired size. Judging from the size of the above felting needle, I'm guessing the roving ball in step 3 is about the size of your thumb nail.
The above technique is great for the addition of wool beads to whimsical jewelry creations. Or how about a unique fringe on that one-of-a-kind scarf? I plan on using this technique especially for the little needle felted eggs in my Woolly Nest Ornament Kit. Who says this technique is limited to a ball-shape?   

 The red pin award for simple, but very clever!

What would you use this technique for?

Happy pinning!


  1. I know this post is a bit old, but came across the source of this handy trick today:

  2. Thanks, Kerri, for the link. I so appreciate that!