Having declared an official “staycation” this year because the hubby’s new job (yay!!) has not kicked in with vacation time yet (boo!), I decided it was finally time to get back to work on these jewelry projects I started last winter- making jewelry out of roving. I bought a bunch of gorgeously dyed roving last year at different fiber shows with a grand aspiration to learn to spin and have them ready to knit into something fabulous over the winter. Of course, that was until I tried to learn to spin. My brother-in-law Ryan is an amazing spinner…and I am not. I mean, I’ll keep trying to learn of course…but I quickly decided I needed to find a new purpose for all this beautiful roving and landed on felted balls for jewelry. I love the idea of finding another way to wear these beautiful fibers!
I found this soft turquoise and teal 100% alpaca roving at the Empire Alpaca Show in Syracuse. Had a little trouble with the wet-felting of these balls, so I ended up finishing by needle-felting them until they were solid. The beads are sterling silver ones I found on sale at JoAnn’s last spring.
Here’s my first attempt at making a felted necklace. I’ve actually worn this one quite a few times. It’s from a very earthy blend alpaca/merino wool in oranges, browns, greens and yellows that I bought at the Hemlock Fiber Festival. This was also my 1st try at wet-felting…which took a number of trials and some tutoring from videos on YouTube before I finally got the hang of it. Love it with the big wooden beads.
I’m toying with the idea of making these to sell… we’ll see how that pans out.