in the past couple years we’ve received little groupings of felted rocks as gifts, and we absolutely love them. since we had recently been playing around with wool roving, we thought it would be fun to see if we could make a few ourselves. after a bit of research and experimenting here’s what we came up with.
derek & lauren
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here’s what you’ll need:
a bowl of hot soapy water
drying rack or towel
1. cut off a generous handful of wool roving and loosen the fibers by gently pulling them apart with your fingers.
2. gather the wool into a loose ball that is about twice the size of what you’d like for your completed rock, and dip it into a bowl full of hot soapy water. (to create a decorative line across the face of the rock, wrap a strand of white roving around the ball before dipping.)
3. the wool will immediately begin to shrink up. once it has fully absorbed the water, remove it from the bowl and continually pass it back and forth between your hands until it has cooled. re-dunk and repeat the process until the wool has reached the desired rock size and density. during this process you can try to encourage the shape of the rock, but we found that most of the shaping takes place in the next step.
4. rinse your rock with cold water. Gently squeeze out the water and begin shaping the rock with your fingers. repeat rinsing and shaping a couple of times until you are happy with the form of your rock.
5. place on a drying rack or towel and let dry overnight.