Thursday, October 21, 2010

Needle-Felting Natural Toys

On a recent afternoon, I was organizing my wool.  I had not done much needlefelting recently, so I thought it would be fun to take a little break, pick up the barbed needles, and start creating some natural toys for children.  Ended up making a dozen of the wool felt balls.  It was a very relaxing and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.

These felt balls (to the right) are needle-felted from beautifully soft, 100% wool roving. They are colorful, safe, and fun to play with indoors. They are the perfect size for small hands, and easy to catch and throw.

Felt balls also:
- make great cat toys
- can be easily juggled
- make a light-weight bowling ball
- teach children about the colors of the rainbow
- are natural and safe to play with (no risk of lead!)

Each felt ball is approximately 3 1/2" (8.5 cm) in diameter; and 10 1/2" (26.5 cm) in circumference. The core is clean roving that was from one of the sheep I raised at Harvest Moon's organic farm. The outer layer is wool roving that has been hand-dyed with natural dyes.

Some of the wool balls are a single color…while others use roving that have a lovely blend of shades and specks of vibrant colors.

If you're interested in purchasing a felt ball (or a whole collection of them), please visit Harvest Moon by Hand.

7 comments:

Audrey said...

Now that is cool! I didn't know you raised sheep!!!

All the best,
AudreyGardenLady

Marryth said...

Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that I'm now following your blog as part of the 'Bloggers Swap' on swap-bot. I'm totally jealous of your needlefelting skills - amazing! ♥

Mimi said...

Howdy!

I'm now following you from the "Bloggers Swap".

I love those balls, they are so pretty!

Mimi
(Phoerauf)

lorijo2003 said...

You have some amazing projects! I really love your math gnomes (I teach high school math). Somehow, the more fun you make it, the more things stick with the students. I can wait to read more of your blog! lorijo2003 from SB blog swap.

Kimberly said...

I'm here from Swap-bot's Blogger Swap. I love your felt work, especially the mushrooms.

Gabriela Querol said...

Hi, that's a nice blog. I arrive here thanks to "Bloggers swap" in swap bot. There I'm gaquero. You do a nice work here.

Ingrid said...

Hiya again for swapbot, don't think I can become a follower twice. Still enjoying your blog though. Needlefelting is relaxing I agree. Beautiful colours.
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