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How To Make Wet Felted Rocks :: Needle Felting Tutorial

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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.

 

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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?

 

Tutorial How To Make Wet Felted Rocks with www.theMagicOnions.com

 

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.

 

Tutorial How To Make Wet Felted Rocks with www.theMagicOnions.com

 

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.

 

Tutorial How To Make Wet Felted Rocks with www.theMagicOnions.com

Tutorial How To Make Wet Felted Rocks with www.theMagicOnions.com Tutorial How To Make Wet Felted Rocks with www.theMagicOnions.com Tutorial How To Make Wet Felted Rocks with www.theMagicOnions.com

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Tutorial How To Make Wet Felted Rocks with www.theMagicOnions.com

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Tutorial How To Make Wet Felted Rocks with www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Happy crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Interview with an Etsy Mom – Skipping Stones.

Patti, from Skipping Stones, has been a Magic Onions sponsor for over a year and I’m sure most of you have popped over to her shop button (situated in the right column of my blog on every page) and entered her gorgeous shop.


For those of you who haven’t yet, you are in for a treat as I have asked Patti to tell us a little about herself and show us a few of her gorgeous creations. Welcome, Patti!

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I grew up in California. I was always pretty crafty as a kid. My mother used to paint and my father loved landscape design, although he worked as a judge and she was in education so might have influenced me. I took my first sewing class in 4th grade. After high school, I earned an AA degree in Fashion Design from FIDM, and I worked in the fashion industry in Los Angeles in my early 20’s but I soon became disenchanted knocking off junior sportswear and in a few years I decided to go back to school.

I majored in fine art majored in Fine Art and got an MFA. I did my undergrad work at UCLA and my graduate work at UC Irvine. In school, I worked a lot with sculpture and explored concepts like the natural vs. the artificial found everywhere society today in things like manufacturing, entertainment, medicine and art. With my sculptures, I was into a sort of lowbrow, low tech manufacturing. Like, I made copies of my body parts in repetition – like a huge piles of 1000 beeswax casts of my mouth in various positions, tongue sticking out , and smiling frowning, etc. I also made hundreds of artificial flowers with some with tiny odd “genetic mutations” added.

I began jewelry making after the birth of my first child. We were living in Los Angeles and I wanted to stay home with him .


I needed a creative outlet and I was also was hoping to earn a bit of money, so, I began to experiment with jewelry design.


I taught myself beading and wire wrapping and then I began to play with felt. I joined ETSY in the summer of 2005.

I found I love to work with felt- embellishing it with beads and embroidery.


Most of my work is inspired by nature I love layer and juxtapose color to create a mood for each piece. I usually use wool felt or a wool felt blend in my pieces.


I still use a lot of repetition in my process like the sewing of tiny seed beads around the edges of many of my pieces. I love to include vintage materials in my work- like Lucite flowers that show up on a lot of brooches.

Today, I try to make jewelry whenever I can but I work at night a lot since just had another boy in 2010.


I live in Northern California with my family where we just bought our first home. I am probably happiest when I doing something creative like decorating our new digs, crafting with my kids, cooking and gardening. I am trying to convert my big weedy backyard into a flower and vegetable garden.

In the near future, I want to start painting again (watercolor and gouache) and I have been thinking I may try making and selling some items for the home. I am also dreaming about the possibility of going back to school for a degree in elementary education (primary) or special education with an emphasis on early childhood. I love working with young children and I feel I can apply my creativity to lessons in the classroom. Still, I will probably keep on making jewelry because I absolutely love doing it so much.

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Thank you for sharing your story with us, Patti. I so love finding out how other moms have done it… it’s motivating to me to know that the people I admire on Etsy, and elsewhere, are moms just like me. I hope Patti’s insights can inspire other creative moms out there to follow their hearts and share their art with the world :-) We are a powerful community because our beliefs are strong, we support each other and we know that what we are doing is meaningful.

Please, wonderful readers, pop over to Patti’s shop, Skipping Stones, and mark her as a favorite so that you can find her again easily when you need that special gift for a loved one.

I have a few sponsorship spots available… if you are interested in becoming a Magic Onions sponsor, send me an email ( vined (at) ymail (dot) com

Blessings and magic,
Donni

How to make colorful, wet felted stones.


We made some

gorgeously colorful wet felted stones

yesterday. It was an activity that both my children (5 and 2) could do together. They both have played for ages with their stones and I delight in watching them focus their imaginations on something their own hands created.

We needed some clean stones, colorful wool roving and some warm, soapy water (we used dish detergent).
I used my felting needle to secure the wool in place. This is not necessary but did make things easier for them as it helped the wool to stay in place in the beginning. This activity can definitely be done without using the needle, just use a little more care at the beginning of the wet felting process.
supplies needed for wet felting stones @ The Magic Onions
Try not to fight over the stones at the very start… but then, if some sibling rivalry didn’t raise it’s head, your mother might faint with surprise! So, fight away, if you must…
Chose a color of wool. Divide the wool into two strips. Start wrapping the stone with one of the strips, like this…
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Make sure the wool wraps over its self, like this…

Then the ‘tufty’ sides wrap over, like this…

place the second wool strip in your hand. Place the stone you have just wrapped on top of it, unsecured side down, like this…

Wrap as before.

You can start the wet felting process now or you can needle felt the wool into place to make the wet felting process a little easier.

Your wrapped stone is now ready for the wet felting process…

Dip it in the warm, soapy water.

Begin wet felting by gently rubbing the stone. K pointed out that it felt like she was making mud pies. The wool is all squishy at first and it’s important to agitate the stone very gently in your hands so that it remains evenly covered with your wool.
amazing wet felted stones @ The Magic Onions

Once you feel the wool firming up over your stone, you can start rubbing it more vigorously. The soap, warm water and agitation makes the wool fibers intertwine and hook together, shrinking them and making them lock tightly over your stone.

colorful wet felted stones @ The Magic Onions

When the wool is tightly wet felted over your stone, it’s time for rinsing…

fantastically colorful wet felted stones @ The Magic Onions

You want to rinse all the soap from the wool. As you can see from the expression on T’s face, this is a VERY important and serious task…

Squeeze the excess water from your clean, felted rocks and put them in a sunny spot to dry.
Aren’t they beautiful…
fabulous wet felted stones @ The Magic Onions
K has used her pretty stones in her play scenes and even just played with them as if they were the characters from her imagination. T has lined them up, switching the colors around, and stacked them to make a pretty tower.
I made myself a set too… they sit in the center of my table to bring the color and feel of the outdoors to into our house… They are so pretty, I doubled up and mede a set for my Etsy shop too.
For another wet felting activity to do with your kids, look at this amazing wet felted nest project.
Blessings and magic.
ps – I get my felting supplies (wool and needles) from Weir Dolls – http://weirdolls.com