For a little break, I wanted to try something new...as in something new with wool, of course! I decided to have fun with my roving and made wool dryer balls. Wool dryer balls are eco-friendly alternatives to fabric softener and dryer sheets. And, they really work!
|Wool dryer balls made from Romney and Shetland sheep wool.|
|Wool dryer balls made from Jacob's sheep wool.|
So inspired by the wool dryer balls, I decided to make wool beads. In my previous post, I dyed some Clun Forest wool roving using logwood extract (a natural dye). I then took that roving and some other handspun yarn and viola! Gorgeous wool beads in some beautiful, earthy tones all from natural colors or natural dyes.
These beads are wet felted; however, you could needle felt or embellish them in other ways. To make jewelry, you simply string the beads together with a needle and string or beading thread/wire. Hemp string or nettle yarn would be perfect ideas. The possibilities are endless. I love this little bead below; it looks like planet earth.
As always, I have other projects on the horizon. My short list of fiber projects includes spinning organic cotton for the first time, a custom handspinning job for some beautiful alpaca, and warping my loom for a rug by the end of December (gulp). In the "going green department", I am making homemade laundry soap, dishwashing soap, and deodorant. I'll be posting about all of this in the weeks to come.