Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Step-by-step Hand-Felted Necklace

As I went home for holidays, I assisted my sister making necklaces! Today I show you the step-by-step confection of a hand-felted necklace.

First step is to choose assorted colours of wool and make a knot with the fiber.
Second step is to push fiber ends inside, shaping the knot into a ball with a hook.
See the progression, from folded knot to tighter ball.
And here are all the balls of wool for this necklace.

Third step is to felt the wool balls, using soapy water and hand workout! The idea is to make the ball tighter and tighter (but not too much either as one needs to embroider them) rotating them in the palm of the hands.
Once they have dried, it is the tricky part of finding a quantity of small beads & buttons to insert between two felted beads matching the style and colours.
Then one needs to arrange them in a balanced and harmonious order.
Then sew all together on sewing thread. We use satin cord for the visible part of the thread.

Finally, each of the felted bead is embroidered following a pattern, like spiral, stars, dots or leaves.  

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