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DIY Festive Felted Easter Eggs

DIY Festive Felted Easter Eggs

I am seriously charmed by three things: Eggs, fiber arts, and crafty holiday projects. I’m seriously charmed by many things, but these are the whims that have my heart today as I’m thinking about Easter. I have played with felting and wool roving before–most ambitiously when I tried to craft myself up the felted rocks I saw on Design Sponge last month. They are pretty cute, but I couldn’t get them to look rock-y enough, so I decided to try a different approach and make some felted eggs for spring and Easter.

The concept behind felting is pretty simple–when wool fiber is introduced to hot water, soap, and some friction, the scales of the fiber tack to one another and the result is a compressed mass of the fiber. It’s similar to what happens when a wool sweater meets the hot washing machine. (Although, technically, that’s referred to as “fulling” not “felting” because the process happens to fabric, not plain fiber–see the wonderful things you can learn in your “History of Organic Materials” class while working on an obscure college degree?)

For the eggs, as the rocks above, you’ll need wool roving. Wool roving is wool that has been combed, washed, carded and pulled into a twisty clump of wool. It’s wool in the state right before it is spun into yarn. You can buy it in natural colors, or dyed. I buy it on-line, but you can get it at farmer’s markets and fiber stores too. If you use dyed roving you can wrap in the designs with different colors. If you use natural roving in a light color, you can dye the eggs afterward. The egg pictured above was made with marbled beige and gray pieces of roving, and then dyed with turmeric.

To make the eggs, you’ll need wool roving, tin foil, an old stocking or panty-hose leg, laundry detergent and a washing machine and drier.

1. Form a wad of tin foil into an egg shape.
2. Pull apart the roving into pieces, and wrap them around the tin foil egg form. Wrap several layers, so that it is pretty thick–up to 2 inches. (It will shrink a lot.)
3. Carefully place the egg in a piece of panty hose that is long enough to be tied off on both ends; then, tie off at both ends.
4. Place in a load of hot laundry with regular laundry, and then put it in the dryer with the laundry.
5. Remove the egg, and trim any fuzz with scissors.

If you have used natural roving in a light color, you can then dye the eggs. Use natural dyes such as turmeric for yellow (add 1 tablespoon turmeric to hot water), beet juice for pink (use straight beet juice), smashed blueberries for purple.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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2:00PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Great idea,looks soft and fluffy.thanks for sharing

10:19AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Awesome! I'm definitely going to make some! Thank you!

9:43AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

noted thanks

2:43AM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

Thanks for the article.

1:24PM PDT on Apr 4, 2010

i made some (:

6:16PM PST on Feb 28, 2010

It seems like fun to make :)

Cindy- there's an alpaca farm not too far from where I live, they sell wool every spring when they have the shearing, the alpacas are treated very well, and the son of the manager of the farm goes to my school :P
It is expensive, but it's happy wool!

6:43PM PST on Feb 17, 2010

great post

11:31PM PDT on Jun 18, 2009

thanks...
Kabin
Konteyner,Prefabrik
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Konteyner

5:53PM PDT on Apr 13, 2009

I believe it's pretty hard to get Alpaca "wool" that's not socially responsible, so it's safe--or second hand wools. But almost all regular wool is produced extremely horribly to the poor sheep. I used to think it was a ridiculous action of vegans to avoid it, until I learned what happens. I can't remember all the details, but I'm pretty sure they're abused just like in regular factory farm animals. And I do know that these sheep have their butts cut off, literally, and they bleed horribly. This is to get one extra sheering out of them without spending money on antibiotics or anesthesia; they get a parasite, I think it is, otherwise.

I'm just hoping more people will investigate this and consider other options than to support horrific actions. I do know there are wool companies, or if you know someone who has sheep, that you can get humanely acquired wool. But I'm sorry I don't have that info to give, but it can be found if you look into it, or you can do one of the other options I gave.

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