Monday, March 29, 2010

felted wool Easter eggs

For the last few years, the kids and I have been making felted wool eggs and chicks to give for gifts at Easter time. As a gift to anyone who has wondered how to make these little sugar-free Eastery-goodness, I've decided to do a bit of a tutorial on them. (I say 'bit of a tutorial' as I am sure that after I have written it out, I will realize that there is some bit of information lacking....If not or if you have questions, please don't hestitate to leave a comment mentioning what I have left out. I'll try to fill in any blanks!)

****Although they are relatively easy to make, kids do need help and supervision as you will be dealing with HOT water for the wet felting of the eggs and sharp needles when we get to the creation of chicks/ducklings****

Materials


  • 30 cm (12") Wool roving (in the desired colour for your egg shell)

  • Plastic egg (We use refillable 8cm tall plastic ones from the dollar store taped closed)



  • Hot water (large bowl or sink full)

  • Cold Water (large bowl or sink full)

  • Dish Soap

  • Rubber Gloves (These are to allow you to handle the hot water more easily without burning yourself)

  • Xacto knife or rotary cutter
  • Fill one sink/bowl with very hot water and one with cold water.

  • Put on rubber gloves.


  • Wrap the wool roving around the plastic egg.


  • Holding the wool wrapped egg firmly to prevent the wool from slipping off, generously squirt dish soap onto the wool/egg.

  • Gently dip the wool covered egg in the hot water to dampen it and bring it back out of the water.

  • Start squeezing the water/soap into the wool. Turn the egg as you go, but be careful to not 'slide' the wool around on the egg or allow it to fall off.



  • Dip the egg in the hot water occasionally to keep it hot enough to shrink while you squeeze.

  • The wool should start to tight-up and hold it's place on the egg. As it does, you can add some more soap to make it 'slippy'.

  • As long as the wool has begun to hold its' shape, you can start rubbing the egg gently (rather than squeezing) in small circular motions.

  • Alternate between the hot and cold water as you rub to add in the constriction of the wool.

  • When the wool is suitable hard and tight against the egg, rinse out as much soap as you can by dipping in fresh water.

  • When rinsed, squeeze out the excess water and let it dry. (You can also use a towel to blot out water to aid in the drying.)

  • After a few hours, use the Xacto knife or rotary cutter to carefully cut a zig-zag line in the side of the egg. Only cut this line 2/3 around the egg as the intact portion will act as a 'hinge'.
    Yahoo!!!!! A wool egg!!!! I'll do the chick/duckling in another post.....
  • 4 comments:

    Cadi said...

    I did that with 25 2nd & 4th graders yesterday. What fun!

    Wish I had read your tutorial, because I didn't tape the eggs shut, so some of them opened up during the process... They all turned out fine, though.

    Love the lil' chickie, too.

    Amber said...

    I tried this last year but I didn't tape the plastic egg shut and it was disastrous. I think the tape would have made all the difference, for sure!

    manxlass said...

    How adorable! What is wool roving? Is there another term for it?

    Supa Dupa Fresh said...

    Dolling! Still waiting for the chix instrux! Please to publish before Thanksgiving (my Christmas cards usually end up being Valentine's, so believe you me, it's not an insult just being practical.).
    Hugs.
    Supa