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Wool dryer balls
June 19, 2009, 2:55 pm
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Collection in my dryer

Collection in my dryer

The 2 green ones and 2 pinks ones are my successes. The other one was a pain in my hand! I tried to use a carpet needle and sew wool yarn around a tennis ball. Ha! What a joke!

I found this tutorial on Good Mama. It was a start, but I didn’t like how the center was yarn. I have tons of scrap fabric and since I am on my big kick about using up everything, I figured I would use it for the center.

So, I wadded up a handful of scrap fabric and then wrapped 100% wool yarn from the Michael’s clearance section around it until I got the size I wanted. Washed in hot, dryed in the dryer. I gave my felting needles a whirl to decorate my balls. That was fun!

The pink ones were another adventure as I wanted a way to incorporate essential oil into my ball. Putting the oil on the outside put some oiliness to my clothes and that is no good. I asked my doctor for an ear-lookey-insidey-thingy and she kindly obliged. I wrapped the wool around it and then felted it with it in tact.

The center ball has a slit in the center. The hole isn’t huge, but it is big enough to put the ear-funnel thing in to put in more essential oil or other smell good into the ball.

These turned out fantastic! I absolutely love that I used up all my fabric stuff, including the bits left over on the serger. One ball of yarn made 4 of these.


Barrette fun
September 22, 2008, 8:44 am
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felt covered and plaited ribbon barrettes

felt covered and plaited ribbon barrettes

The cauldron barrette was followed up with a few more designs. What a fun weekend! We added to the barrette mix those plaited ribbon ones from the 80s. Phoebe ate them up! She made the one on the bottom in yellow and lilac.
When I saw that Michael’s had their narrow spools of ribbon on sale 5/$1, the memories of the 80s came flying back. That, and scenes of Robin Sparkles from How I Met Your Mother. Anywhoo, we got totally stocked up for under $2!
Wrights has a short tutorial on how to make them.

Cauldron barrette
September 20, 2008, 11:13 am
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cauldron designed arette

cauldron designed barette

We woke up today and listened to the last couple hours of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows audiobook. While we listened, Phoebe & I crafted up some barrettes. Halloween is such a great theme!
Now, we are watching the 4th HP movie! I love mother-daughter days.
A basic tutorial at Angry Chicken got me rolling.
I sewed the sides and then turned it inside out. That made it too bulky and weird. This first attempt came out a bit thick, but cute enough for us to wear.