For this project, we used Medium sized plastic eggs, and Living Felt MC-1 Merino Cross Felting Batts,
knee high stockings, embroidery floss, embroidery needle, ribbon,
felting needles, earth harmony felting foam, olive oil soap, hot water and small scissors.
For the inside color, snugly wrap plastic Easter Eggs with a thin layer of fiber around the middle of egg,
then wrap a second layer going perpendicular to the first. The egg should be covered.
For the outside color, repeat by wrapping two complete layers. Lightly needle felt the loose ends if desired.
Place your hand inside the stocking and take hold of the egg, then pull the stocking so the egg is fully covered.
Since we are felting by hand (and not felting
balls in the washing machine) we do not need to tie off the stocking.
Fill a bowl or basin with hot water and use a vegetable grater to peel off some soap flakes.
The water should be slick in your fingers, and hot, but tolerable to your hands.
Dunk the wool covered egg in the soap solution and wet if fully.
Press, handle and roll the egg in your hands like a ball of clay, constantly massaging and rolling.
**Take care not to squeeze your egg too hard or the plastic egg may come apart and make your final product slightly mis-shapen.
The ball should be wet, but not dripping and a bit soapy. Do this for 5-10 min, or until the fibers
just start to peek through the stocking. Then gently peel the stocking off the egg.
The fibers have started to entangle and form felt. Now it is time for further shrinking and entangling of the fibers, also called “fulling”. Roll your egg
on a felting or wash board if you have one, and continue to wet it in your soap solution, and roll and squeeze it in your hand.
Once the wool feels snug around the egg and well felted, finish with hot and cold rinses, and more rolling/squeezing.
Roll the eggs in towels to remove excess water. Use fine scissors to cut most of the way around the egg,
leave approximately 2″ across the back attached for a strong hinge.
Set the eggs to dry overnight.
Finish the edges of your eggs with a blanket stitch.
Add embroidery or needle felted designs.
Sew a decorative ribbon to the rear hinge.
Time to add some prizes inside! Make a little bunny ball with our tutorial here, add some jewelry, candy in a bag, or make a simple chick below.
Follw the basic instructions for needle felting a small egg shape as shown on our free felting tutorial for an Easter Chick, Cheep.
Instead of sewing on a head,
use your 36 gauge felting needle to sculpt the head. Add wings. Ours are felted flat onto the body.
For the beak, make a small rectangle with needle felting, wet felting or use commercial felt.
Fold it in half and cut the open ends into a triangle.
Place the beak right on the face of your felted chick and needle felt right in the fold.
Add small tufts of wool or beads for the eyes.
Tuck your prizes inside and have a Happy Easter!
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These are ADORABLE!!! What a fun project! Thanks for sharing!!
Do we take out the plastic egg before we let it air dry?
I took mine out first to make sure the inside was felted, and then put it back on the egg overnight for shaping – but you can leave it off also. Have fun!
Waaay cool project! Thank you for sharing the information!
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these are awesome! just wondered if same process will work for something a little larger using a larger object for shape? I went searching for felted bowls and found this tutorial thanks for sharing! Deb
Hi Deb, Indeed larger shapes will work…hence, HAT ON A BALL discovered by Beth Beede many years ago. You felt over an inflated ball – we sell those on our website, great fun to bounce a ball and create felt! Its getting the panty hose on thats the challenge :O) Friend required!! Be sure to share some pics with us of your creations at submissions @ livingfelt.com !
is there anything else such as household item that could be used instead of a stocking?
I dont have any of those in house and am dying to try this….until I can get out to get stocking?
If you are referring wet felting the eggs, you certainly could do it without the stocking, you need to keep your hands very soapy so they glide on the wool until it shrinks down and starts to lose its wrinkles. Good practice would be to felt over a small ball of soap.
If you mean over a larger inflated ball, there are options for that as well – let me know if you need that explained 🙂
These are ingenious
…..plan to make them for my own grandchildren. …maybe involve my sister too.
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