I have love felted beads for a few years now, but every time I think I about buying some I instantly change my mind when I see the price. They’re quite expensive for simply being a little ball of wool. At least all the places I’ve seen them are.
Felted beads are simple and inexpensive to make, you just need one of these Bead Shakers. I found it at Hobby Lobby.
You’ll also need 100% wool roving.
The instructions on the Bead Shaker are clear and easy to follow. Start by pulling the wool roving apart and forming a big wool ball.
Stuff the wool into the bead shaker.
You need a big bowl of hot (the hotter the better) water with a little liquid dish soap added to it and a big bowl of ice water. I set my bowls down in my sink since there’s a lot of water swishing. Start by swishing the bead shaker vigorously back and forth in the bowl of hot water. Then swish vigorously back and forth in the ice water. Alternate back a forth between hot and cold a couple times each.
The ball of wool will have formed a ball in the shaker.
Remove from the shaker and roll the ball around in between your hands while applying pressure. This will squeeze excess water from the wool and form a tighter ball.
It took me a minute to a minute and a half to form each wool bead.
Once all my beads were dry, I strung them on some thread using a needle to make this lovely garland.
Until next time….