Last summer, we took a fabulous road trip through the northeastern part of the country. We hit Ohio, Pennslyvania, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia. It was an amazing trip.
During our time in Vermont, we drove by this little shop coming and going from our condo. It was so charming so we had to stop!
We picked two kits: “Felt-a-Ball” and “Spinning with the Drop Spindle”. Today we were finally brave enough to attempt to make the “Felt-a-Ball”. I think the all-day…I mean…all weekend…4″ rain event helped motivate us.
The first step was to pull out the wools and make strips. The center was built using the biggest bit which was the brown. The Blue-green-purple wool became the outer layer.
Once the strips were done, it was time to start the ball. You just start wrapping it up forming a ball as you go. The tighter the ball the bigger the odds that it will be able to bounce when it is done.
Once she got the ball formed, she did the same thing with the other color. Once all the wool was on the ball. It was time to put it in a soapy water bath to start the felting process.
Thirty minutes of rounding and shaping the ball…
Fifteen minutes in to it Hope started to worry…were they going to go together.
Finally…success….A little soapy, but it started to stick together.
After thirty minutes, tada…a ball
Now it just has to dry. Hope is now angling for 2 more kits so she can use them for juggling balls. “Mom, They would be perfect!!!”
If you want to try your hand, here is the website. http://www.singingspindlespinnery.com
If you are a homeschooler, she has some fabulous kits that would give the kids an interesting Hands on History project.