I love felt and I love stones, so it will come as no surprise that I really love felted stones. I have been making them for years now but sometimes I really want the end result without all that energy and time expenditure. In the past there are times when i have literally rubbed the skin right off my hands in felting stones. My skin really can't take the beating it used to so I have devised the lazy girl's ( who loves the skin on her hands too much)
guide to felting rocks.
To get started you will need some small smooth rocks to felt. For the sake of this tutorial I used a bag on smooth stones purchased from the dollar store but I have seen similar stones at Michael's or most craft shops. you will also need some wool fleece or roving , hot water and liquid soap , an old pair of stockings or nylons and some string. You will need to have access to a washing machine.
I used to pay a great deal of attention to the soap I used for felting but in reality it doesn't really make a difference. I use what ever liquid soap I find at the sink now. Take a large bowl or fill the sink with hot soapy water. Take one of your stones and wrap it with wool fleece making sure to cover all directions of the stone. I usually make about 3 or 4 layers.
Don't rinse it but place it aside for later and start on another stone. When you have covered as many stones as you want you are ready for the next step . You will need to find that old pair of stocking or nylons and some string or yarn for this step.
No I don't wear fish net stockings , these are from on of my daughter's dance costumes. Now place this rock filled stocking in your washing machine , put the setting on hot , and low water level and start the wash cycle. i have done this many times and have never damaged my machine. I wouldn't recommend you try to felt boulders this way. When the cycle is done remove the stocking . You can hang it to dry just like this or remove the stones first, which ever you prefer. Now you can admire all the beautiful felt stones you made. This batch took about 1 hour up to the point of letting them dry. I bet you never guessed it could be so easy. You can vary the method buy using multicolored fleece or by adding just a thin vein of a contrasting color to make it look like a faux sea stone.
a little note : the winner of the giveaway is Celine. When I receive her address I am sending her the little guy with the knitted suit that was hanging on my inspiration board. Thanks to everyone who left a comment , all your kindness was packed up in the box with the little bears for their big adventure.