We were looking for a way to use up our ever growing collection of scrap wool, when we discovered wool dryer balls. We had so much fun making them that we just had to share this great idea with you!
If you have never heard of wool dryer balls they are rapidly growing in popularity as an eco-friendly alternative to dryer sheets. They reduce static, they soften your cloths without the use of harsh chemicals and they cut down on drying time saving you money. You can also scent them by adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
Start by winding your 100% wool for felting around your fingers.
Slide the yarn off of your fingers and wind in the other direction.
Fold the ball in half and keep winding. Don't worry about whether or not it is pretty.
If you are using scrap wool, when you reach the end of one colour just join the new colour with a slip knot and continue winding. We saved our largest yarn scraps for the outside so that our finished ball was one consistent colour.
When you have finished winding your yarn into a ball 10” in circumference, or about the size of a tennis ball, use a crochet hook to tuck your yarn end in.
To keep your yarn from unraveling in the washing maching you will want to place it in an old pair of nylons or the toe of a sock.
For added security you might want to knot a piece of cotton (non-felting) string around the sock. Wash with like colours in hot water in the washing machine. It may take a few washings to get the ball to felt. If you desire a fuzzier more uniform look you can remove the dryer ball from the sock (once you are sure that it is felted enough that it won't come apart) and wash it on its own. Throwing it in the dryer will also speed up the felting process.
For added detail you can needle felt a design onto your felted dryer ball.
Simply divide your yarn into 3 seperate strands as shown.
Using 1 strand of yarn and a 38 gauge all-purpose felting needle lightly tack your design into place. If you are not satisfied with the results then simply pull the yarn off and start again. Don't be afraid to be creative. When you are happy with the design and its placement then stab the design evenly until it is firmly attached.