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FELT BALLS

Take a large handful of raw fleece and stuff it tightly into the toe of a pair of old knee-highs or a portion of the leg of a pair of hose with a knot tied at one end. Work the fleece down tightly and tie another knot at the top of the ball of fleece to secure it in a ball shape. Dunk it in hot water and then squirt it well with soap gel. Rub gently at first and then with increasing pressure until fibres begin to creep through the hose (about 5-10 minutes).

Carefully cut the top knot and remove the partially felted ball. Take your colored fiber and lay it out in three or four layers in a piece large enough to wrap around the inner ball. Place the wet inner ball in the center of the colored fiber. Wrap colored fiber around the ball and carefully tuck it all back into the panty hose. Try and compact the fiber as much as possible before tying another knot to hold it in.

Again dunk the ball in hot water, squishing gently to allow water to penetrate the entire ball. add more soap gel and rub between cupped palms with increasing firmness as time goes on. When fibers or small pills of fiber begin to form on the outside of the hose, carefully cut off the knot and peel the hose off. Be careful not to cut into the fiber of the ball if possible. If that happens, apply a generous amount of soap gel to the damaged part and rub gently to smooth the surface. The hose may be partially attached to the ball, but just pull gently to remove it. Add more soap gel to the ball and continue to rub and roll with increasing pressure until the ball is firm and hard. Rinse and allow to dry or put in tumble dryer with a load of clothes to dry and harden the ball.

 Jill Gully
OUTBACK FIBERS

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