How to Wet Felt a Bird Pod Using Merino Wool Fibers: Free Tutorial
An example of a wet felted bird pod which I made last Summer and which still hangs in my garden today.
Small World Gertie Ball (Tie Dye)
This photo tutorial shows you how to create a wet-felted bird pod on a balloon
A great hand crafted project for you and the children to make as a gift or just simply for the fun of it. Why not add a little bird food to your gift and make someone feel really special!
Perhaps a little' feathered friend' will take shelter there this Summer! Another fun little idea might get the children to paint a little wooden board which says:-
'Vacant Pod - one feathered occupant wanted - just as soon as possible please!'
Please send me your images if you decide to tackle this project. I would love to share your images and comments regarding felting in my next blog.
This is a group of bird pods I made last Summer
Things you will need before you can begin
Wool Roving or Wool Tops,(Available on e-bay, Amazon or Wingham Wool) Bubble Wrap, A 'Gertie' ball or alternatively a Party Balloon. Old Towels to catch the drips, a kettle and a bowl for boiling water, Dish Washing Liquid and a Sponge. Scraps dyed wool or silk for decoration, Tumble Drier
Balloon or a 'Gertie' ball ?
Add a little water to your balloon
Template plus ball or balloon
A few more things you will be needing
Your Choice - A balloon or a Gertie Ball!
Not much in it except the price! . A 'Gertie' ball is re-usable and will not need to be filled with water..
I add some water to the balloon, it adds a little weight to the balloon before I blow it up. The water in the balloon also seems to assist the felt making process whilst the pod is in the tumble drier.
A small piece of cloth inserted within the knot assists me to open the knot when I want to reduce the size of the balloon inside the pod.. Doing it this way lets the pod shrink back a little more when you put it back into the tumble dryer.
Inflated ballon with water inside it
This is what merino wool roving looks like.
Close-up of the merino wool fibers
Split the width if is makes it easier to work with
Begin by placing the slivers of wool on the template
One layer has now been completed
Lay the next layer at 90 degrees to the first later
Decorating the bird pod
Close-up of the decoration
Boiling water, sponge & a dash of dish washing liquid
Cover the project with curtain netting
Wet the bubble-wrap slightly, it makes your hands glide of the bubble-wrap.
Remove the netting and cover with bubble wrap
The pinch test!
Pinch test - Test to see if the fibers have fused together. Pinch them carefully between two fingers and if they don't move, it is then time for you to stop rubbing. Remove the netting from the projectt
Flip the project over to show wrong side
Place the ball on the plain side, wrap it up and smooth it out carefully with the aid of the bubble wrap.
Hint, fit your stocking over the back of a chair and carefully insert the wet covered ball into it. Gently lift off and tie it up before putting into tumble dr
Pod inside the stocking and at the kitchen sink.
Remove stocking from bird pod after ten minutes!
Pod with balloon and water still inside
Pod with balloon and water removed.
Bird Pod Project
Are you likely to attempt this project
Time to give the bird pod it's finishing touches!
What to do when things go wrong!
Sometimes things do not always go to plan. For help and advice on how to improve your Pod if things don't always go quite to plan. More help and advice on what to do when things go wrong can be found on http://sallybea.hubpages.com/hub/What-to-do-when-things-go-wrong-when-Wet-Felting
Making a felt vessel on a ball
© 2012 Sally Gulbrandsen