24 responses to “wool roving balls- washing machine method”

  1. Lisa

    Merry Christmas from My HomeMade Montessori Manipulatives.

  2. Lisa

    I like your blog ideas so much. Visit my page sometime. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    Lisa :)

  3. melissa

    Do you think you could use something other than tights? I have three boys (well, two and one on the way), therefore no tights. (:

    I have tulle and other netting-like fabrics. But they might not survive the dryer. Hmmm. Any ideas on that? I’m terribly new to wool and felting – but I have nine cats that would *love* some new toys. (:

  4. Kerry

    I am really looking forward to trying this project. I suspect that if I made the balls a bit bigger they would also be fun baby toys…

  5. debbie

    oh my gosh, that photo of the nylons with the little balls in them is just cracking me up! nylons. thanks for the tips and for posting when you are so busy!!

  6. Maria

    They are so cute! How do you get them so perfectly round? Any way I make them, they always end up with creases…. I think it might be how I roll them into balls???

  7. karen

    Oh my! Everyday I am wowed by your cool projects! This is another one we will try! Thanks~Karen

  8. Hip Mountain Mama

    How cute! I love that they made their signs on the back of cereal boxes…I love re using things like this! Thanks for sharing…we love wool around here!!

  9. kate

    Love it! And we are on the same wavelength– I put up a tutorial for wet felted snakes today using the cheater, ahem, I mean washing machine method too. I love my washing machine at the moment:)

  10. Beth

    The first time I made felted balls with kindergarteners, the children had a wonderful, wonderful time rubbing the wool in the hot, soapy water. No one wanted to stop. But they didn’t come out as balls at all. They were mostly flat, with blobs and tags hanging off of them, like matted little clouds. We had to call them “shapes.” Then we learned about using stockings for felting, to control the shape some, and make “mossy” rocks out of green felt on stones. I like the children’s catnip toys and packaging. I hope they sell well! Beth

  11. Robin

    Their little sign is sooooooooooo very cute!!!!

  12. juana abregú

    great! would love to buy a bunch for my Ciro cat! Bravissimo!

  13. Shady Lady

    What a fun idea! I hope the little ladies sell bunches of them!!

  14. Amy

    Very cool! Say, did I see some stars made with sticks here or was it somewhere else? I’m wanting to do those and just would like to peek at the photos!

    :) Hope you have a great fair!

  15. Jane

    I’ve never made the balls this way-thanks for the tip! I’m sure they will be a hit at the fair.

  16. camilla

    It’s brilliant how you felt the little balls…we usually do it by hand and it takes forver…very clever, I have to remember that. I bet the kitty’s love this.

  17. Louise

    I think we will need to do some more felting here as well, they are lovely

  18. Joy

    Those are so cute! I made some bigger one (in larger tights) like that for Finn when he was a baby. Don’t you love the centipede look of the tights when they’re filled. :)

  19. Sarah

    We’re going to make bigger balls for babies. I’m thinking we’ll try felting them by hand and then finishing them off in the washer. The idea is that we’ll then embroider on them. We’ll see if we actually get it done!

  20. Christina J.

    What a great project! I’m sure they’ll be a hit!

  21. underthebigbluesky

    don’t you love this time of year! every year i have to slate projects to the next year because there is never enough time.

    we made some of these last weekend with the washer/dryer method and i agree the 3x wash is the best. i decided to switch from my size tights to girl size tights because they were a bit hart to get banded to tight.

    we catnipped our balls but i really like the idea of putting the catnip in the bag!!! thanks!