Anyone who has ever owned a cat knows that they love to chase pom poms and little balls! The little ladies and I have been trying for some time now to make little balls out of wool roving, we are fairly new to this beautiful art form, and we finally have the process figured out!
What you need:
wool roving (we purchased ours at a fiber fair)
jingle bells (small or medium size)
bowl of hot water
bowl of soapy hot water
catnip infused water (optional)
Dip your wool choice into the hot soapy water, than roll it around the bell, layering the wool in a criss cross manner until you form a ball shape. Then roll it between your palms, keep rolling and agitating it and dipping it between the hot water bowl and the hot soapy bowl. If there is too much soap in the ball, the fibers don’t seem to bind as tightly so keep rinsing it in the hot water. The hotter the better, the heat is what really tightens and shrinks the wool around the bell. When you have your perfect shape, drop the ball into a bowl of catnip tea to give it a little hit of crazy for your kitty friend! Squeeze out the excess water and set the ball aside to dry. You will notice that the balls don’t jingle very well when wet, but as the balls dry the jingles will become louder!
We are making these for our kitty friends for the holidays. Pixie has gotten her share early and LOVES them! She enjoys daily games of fetch- we throw the ball, she chases it, picks it up with her little mouth and brings it back. It’s so cute!
For another fun wool roving project (mossy felted rocks) visit Beth at Acorn Pies.