February 15, 2009
"Needle And Wet Felted Jewelry"
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   I just taught another "Needle and Wet Felted Jewelry" Class.  My students were Wendy Strumwasser, Micki Donch, and  Sandy Leal.

   In the morning my students took their colored fleece and rolled and shaped and needle felted them into round balls and geodes.   In the afternoon they dipped each needle felted piece into warm soapy water and rolled it in their hands and also on a bamboo mat.  They made each piece firm.  They then rinsed it in hot water and then cold water making sure that they removed all of the soap.  Then they put their felted pieces into white vinegar and water for a few minutes.  They washed their pieces again and squeezed each piece out, put it in between a towel, stepped on it to make sure the excess water was removed and then re-shaped their felted creations.

           For the long pieces- they took a scissor and sliced each piece about 1/4" thick in order to see the beautiful colors that they had rolled inside of their geode piece.
Wendy, Micki and Sandy (from left to right) holding their uncut geodes.
Micki, Wendy and Sandy wet felting their jewelry pieces.
Wendy, Sandy and Micki holding their wet un - felted and wet felted geodes before slicing them. You can see how much the long pieces shrunk, especially in the width, after wet felting them.
Wendy's needle and wet felted pieces.
Micki's needle and wet felted pieces
Sandy's needle and wet felted pieces