How to Make a Felted Ball

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1. Pull off a small piece of wool from one or more colors of roving.

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2. Gently pull fibers apart to fluff the wool. The finished ball will be about half the size of this fluff of wool.

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3. Using palms of your hands, roll wool into loose ball; change direction often to make a round ball. Wind errant fibers around ball as evenly as possible to keep smooth.

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4. Fill a small bowl with very warm water as hot as your hands can comfortably tolerate. Add a drop of liquid laundry or dish soap. Dip ball of wool into bowl of hot, soapy water.

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5. Squeeze excess water out of ball.

6. Roll ball between palms of your hands like you would roll a ball of modeling clay. Roll it very gently to avoid forming large cracks or lumps that cannot be taken out. Let ball dry.

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