Eggs (A Little Early)

Welcome back, friends!

Is it starting feel like spring for you yet? Here on the Plateau we’ve enjoyed a few beautiful weekends already, though today’s thunderstorm is certainly bringing March “in like a lion”. Moreover, a stroll down the “seasonal” aisle at your supermarket will uncover a profusion of plastic grass, pastel baskets, and candies shaped like farm animals (am I the only one who eats the chocolate bunny’s head first so it’s over quickly for the poor little guy?) Churches are officially kicking off their preparatory season today, too.

All in all, we’re feeling decidedly Easter-y.

Earlier this week we received an inquiry about wool roving for needle felted Easter eggs (Jill, if you’re reading this, thanks for the idea!) These adorable decorations have been on my mind ever since- they’re a great way to explore a new craft and maybe use up some of your wool scraps!

Materials you’ll need include a moderate amount of wool roving or yarn- both available at The Yarn Patch, of course! Remember to use 100% wool- and NOT superwash! Otherwise your fiber won’t felt. Alpaca yields beautiful results, as well.

You’ll also need small quantities of wool roving or yarn in various colors for decoration, and a pack of felting needles. You may find a felting mat helpful- having a surface to work on reduces the risk of pricked fingers!

First you make the eggs. You can follow this excellent tutorial to wet felt over a plastic egg for a fast and easy shape. Two of our small packages of wool roving should do the trick!

Or if you’d prefer to use wool yarn, start with this tutorial on making balls (keep your work loose- if they’re too dense they’ll be harder to shape!), and then use this tutorial to shape them into eggs.

Image Sources: (1) http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Dryer-Balls-33362580 (2) http://www.cornerhouseblog.com/2014/04/tiny-little-felt-ball-easter-eggs.html

Once you’ve stockpiled a few eggs you’re ready to begin decorating! Needle felting couldn’t be easier: you simply arrange bits of wool roving onto the surface of the wool egg to create your design. Then, using the tiny barbed tip of the felting needle, carefully stab the surface until the fibers are securely interlocked and you have a smooth finish.

(Side note: this is probably the only craft in which we get to use the oxymoron “carefully stab it”.)

And that’s it! If you need materials or help getting started, visit us in the shop or give us a call at (931) 707-1255.

Meanwhile, check out these beautiful creations from around the web! Aren’t they inspiring? I think I may have found my weekend plans. How about you?

Image Sources: (1) https://gembelina.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/easy-felted-polystyrene-easter-eggs/ (2) https://www.flickr.com/photos/47130092@N03/4351619007/

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandra David
    Mar 01, 2017 @ 12:20:12

    Those are beautiful!

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  2. Kathykithcart
    Mar 02, 2017 @ 07:35:41

    They are so cute. I think I might give it a try. Thanks chippy

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