Since trying out wet felting and looking at other peoples on the net, I found the craze of rock felting. Some people are also incorporating embroidery onto the felted rocks. As I have loads of raw wool ready for felting I thought I would give it a go. Although I live near a beach it is quite a walk away, and having the cattery I don’t really have time, or the inclination to go hunting for rocks on the beach and then having to carry them home. So I made a rock out of wadding to see if the felting on it would work. It did, the felt tightened up the wadding so it became firm, it was just like a rock except it didn’t have any weight to it, which makes the proper felted rocks so unique. So this was my next experiment, how to get the weight without a rock. My mother has loads of lovely gravel in her garden, and my friend has a gravel driveway!!!! Most of it is little smooth pebbles. Ideal for this project.
You will need:
Pebbles, any size or shape, just make sure there are no sharp edges, (these ones are about an inch big). Cheap polyester wadding, I use 2oz wadding, any kind of wool or cotton and scissors.
Wash and dry your pebbles. Weigh a handful so you get approx 3oz, this will make a rock the size of a bar of soap when felted.
Tear off a small strip of the wadding and wrap the pebbles, make sure they are completely covered.
Wrap some wool around the little pebble parcel, tightly, and tie with a knot. (Don’t worry about the colour of wool it won’t show through once you get felting).
The pebbles shouldn’t be able to move around in the parcel.
Next take your little parcel and with another piece of wadding wrap it up like you did before. You don’t need alot of the wadding, just to give it one layer of cover.
Tie this parcel up the same, but not too tightly.
So now you have a nice sized, weighted rock made from little pebbles ready for wet felting.