How to Make Wet Felt Beads

How to Make Wet Felt Beads #wetfelt #felting #howto

One of the first wet felting projects I undertook was to make felt beads. It’s not only really easy to make felt beads, but also a fantastic way to add a bit of luxury to your hand made jewellery. In this tutorial I’m going to show you a few techniques for making beads and what you can do with them after they’ve been made.

How to Make Wet Felt Beads

You will need

  • Merino wool roving of your colour choice.
  • Alternatively 100% wool yarn (I’ve used Rowans ‘big wool’)
  • Washing up liquid
  • Hot water (be careful that the water isn’t too hot, you’ll be pouring it directly into the palm of your hand)
Creases!!!

How to make

1. Pull off a piece of merino wool of your chosen colour. This should be  roughly the length of your open hand. Lay the wool length over your hand so that the centre rests over your open palm.

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2. Add a small amount of hot soapy water.

How to Make Wet Felt Beads #wetfelt #felting #howto

3. Using a pinching motion, gather the wool from the centre until it shortens the overall length, tuck the ends over and in. . .

How to Make Wet Felt Beads #wetfelt #felting #howto

It should look something like the below . . .

How to Wet Felt Beads #wetfelt #felting #howto

4. Roll the wool between your two palms. You shouldn’t use any pressure at this point. You are simply guiding the wool and it will automatically form itself into a rough sphere. Keep rolling with no pressure. You will start to feel the wool tighten. Add a little more water if needed at this point.

Wet Felted Bead - Step Five

5. As the wool tightens, you can start to add some pressure. Keep rolling and persevere. The whole process shouldn’t take more than ten minutes max. Keep adding more pressure. When you are happy with the density of your bead, you may stop. Rinse all the soap out of your bead. Voila!

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Multi-coloured Wet Felted Beads

You could also try using several different colours of wool roving for a mottled bead . . .

How to make

1. Lay all of the different colours of merino wool on the open palm of your hand.

Mulit-coloured felted bead #wetfelting #felting #howto

2. You can make other shaped beads besides spheres. Make a bullet shaped bead by rolling it between your palms with a backwards and forwards motion before the bead has shrunk and hardened too much.

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3. The finished bullet shape felted bead.

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Woolen Wet Felted Beads

Coordinate your hand made jewellery with your hand knitted woolen top. If you want several beads the same length, make sure you cut all your pieces the same length. I’ve been using Rowan ‘big wool’. It’s 100% merino so felts really easily.

How to make

1. In the palm of your hand bundle your wool yarn into the centre of your hand.

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2. Drizzle with a little washing up liquid, and continue as illustrated in the tutorial above.

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3. The completed wool felted bead.Complete Wool Felted Bead #wetfelting #felting #howto

What next?

Once you’ve made your beads, you could string them together as they are or to make them really unique, try needle felting a pattern on to them.

Wet Felted bead necklace by Gina Dunford #WetFelting

The materials used in the making of this necklace were chosen for their texture. All the beads were hand made from leather, papier mache and wool.

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