Felt beads are becoming more popular. They’re lightweight, and you can make them in a variety of sizes and colors. You can even embellish the beads with stitching the bead with embroidery thread or sewing small seed beads or sequins on the felt beads
When you’re ready to put your beads on a bracelet, pair of earrings, or necklace, you’ll want to use a thick needle to pull the string
There are two ways to make felt beads.
- Wool (merino wool roving can be purchased online or at local craft stores)
- Small bowl of cold water
- Small bowl of hot soapy water
- Divide your wool rovings into small bits, based on your desired bead size.
- Roll the wool into a tight ball and dip it in the hot, soapy water.
- Mash the ball in-between your fingers, getting your ball as tight as it will go, and roll it for about 30-60 seconds.
- Dip the ball in the cold water and squeeze it until the cold water gets into all of the wool fibers.
- Squeeze the water out, and set the bead to dry.
The second method is better once you get a better feel for manipulating the wool.
- A foam pad that’s about 4-6″ across and 2-3″ thick
- Felting needles
- Set the foam pad up to protect your table or work surface from the needle.
- Roll the wool into a tight ball.
- Hold the wool together and jab it with the felt needle. Make sure to poke over the entire surface of the bead so that all the fibers get stuck together.
- You can manipulate the bead shape while jabbing at the wool.