On cold winter days like today, when (alas) it rains instead of snows, the best thing to do is to take out my (huge) bag of wool and get creative… it felt like a wet felted rock kind of day, especially since I collected a bunch of river pebbles on our hike yesterday.
Do you see my new table. Oh. My. Gosh. Isn’t it wonderful! I turned 44 last week and this was my gift. Sometimes My Good Man hits it out of the park. The blues, greys and teals are so lovely against the naked wood and it’s the perfect balance between chic and rustic, don’t you think?
A set of felted rocks to match it was definitely in order. Not only are felted rocks so lovely to look at with a wonderfully woodsy look, I often use them as a natural diffuser for essential oil. A drop or two of oil onto my felted rocks and the wool sends healing and calming oil molecules into the air. Teddy’s class has been battling flu, so my preferred oil at the moment is ‘On Guard’… a protective blend that is an immune booster and has so far kept us all flu free. I’m a doTerra Wellness Advocate, so if you want to chat with me about how oils can help your family, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you want to simply buy an essential oil (like On Guard) or find out more about why I love doTerra oils, I have a whole PAGE full of oil information.
Hmmmmmm… it smells soooooo good here… with hints of clove and orange.
Felted rocks are super easy to make. All you need are some river pebbles, wool roving in your favorite colors, a felting needle, soap and warm water.
I recommend getting your wool roving and other felting supplies from a gorgeous shop called A Child’s Dream. They have a HUGE selection of wool with so many beautiful colors to choose from. Their Corriedale wool is a great choice for this project as it is easy to wet felt and produces beautiful felted rocks. Don’t be too shy to browse around as they carry all sorts of other awesome crafting goodies.
Simply cover the rocks in wool roving, wrapping them tightly and wet felt the wool around them using hot soapy water and agitation.
I love putting little white veins onto my felted rocks. The white lines make the felted pebbles so wonderfully realistic and extra special. I use a needle felting needle to secure the veins in place.
Couldn’t resist showing you the colorful toadstools I made the other day to match my new table too… and a little robins nest too.
After felting the wool over the pebbles so that it covers the pebbles tightly, the colorful felted stones become smooth and dreamy with such a lovely texture and weight in your hands when you hold them. You won’t want to put them down.
I sometimes use my felted rocks when I meditate too. When I’m not feeling like ‘still’ meditating, I spend my 20 minutes balancing the rocks on top of each other enjoying the gorgeous essential oil scent they effuse. Have you ever done this? It’s an awesome way to center your being and clear your mind of daily clutter. It’s not as easy as it looks and requires patience and perseverance.
Blessings and magic,
These are gorgeous! I would love to work on this activity with my four year old son. I also really love needle felted bird nests, but have yet to master the art. I do make bird nest sculptures, using materials gathered on nature walks and reclaimed yarn and fabric. These are mostly given to expectant mothers as blessingway gifts.
Your blog is beautiful and informative.
Hi C.K. Thanks for the kind words. Kids love wet felting… there is something so yummy working with the textured wool and the warm soapy water. Your little one will love it!
Your nests sound wonderful! I’d love to see one.
I have a super kit for needle felting a nest… with an awesome little trick that really helps. (here’s a link to it if you are interested : https://themagiconions.com/shop/product/needle-felting-kit-hummingbird-nest/ )
PS – I’ve just popped over to your website… it’s eye-poetry!