What To Do With Felted Beads?

I had a set of felted beads that I had made for demos for the book. Since it’s been over a year since I finished them, I thought it would be  good idea to use them for something. I had some barrette findings on hand so all I needed was a backing piece of felt. I did make one piece of felt at my felting retreat and that was it. I cut the felt up into barrette size pieces but it seemed too soft. So I soaked the backing pieces in half water and half white glue and let them dry.

 

So here they all are. I made 8 different barrettes, all slightly different although they all go together since the beads all matched.

 

This is a closer view of a spiral bead. These are made by layering your different colors of wool and then rolling them down. I also used the end bits as I thought it livened up the design a little.

 

I also had a few round beads. The trick to making these beads is using short fiber merino. It works like a charm and even though it’s a bit expensive, it’s worth the extra money. Short fiber merino felts so easily and doesn’t have a lot of hairiness so you get a nice firm bead in no time.

 

The bull’s eye beads are made by rolling up one color in a snake, then adding different color layers until you have as many colors as you want.

 

You can see that the layer underneath just supports the beads. I glued the beads down with a glue made specifically for fabric. It holds very well, dries clear and doesn’t take long to dry.

 

Here’s the back. I glued the barrette finding down as well. I ordered these online and they are the kind made in France which seem to be very reliable.

Do you make felt beads? If so, what do you make from them? I’d love to hear about different ways you’ve used felt beads and do add some photos to Flickr or in the forum if you have some.

 

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12 Responses to What To Do With Felted Beads?

  1. Lyn says:

    They’re beautiful and I like the way you’ve mixed cut beads with whole beads. They’ll make a lovely display in your shop!

    Which glue do you use to stick felt to felt and also metal to felt?

    I agree that merino makes smooth beads. I’ve made simple jewellery and bag fastenings from beads. I’ll post some photos on flickr.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Lyn! I knew someone would ask about the glue. :) I wrote the post at work and didn’t have the glue with me and I can’t remember the name of it. I’ll have to look at it when I get home and then remember what it is. Let’s see if I can manage that. LOL

    • ruthlane says:

      I found the glue – it’s Aleene’s No Sew Fabric Glue.

  2. Great beads. I have one I made a few years ago, somewhere, now I will have to find it. I think I used hot glue to glue the felt to the hair clasp.

  3. Karen says:

    Really great beads Ruth and they look gorgeous as barretts, love the colors to :)

  4. What a beautiful idea. Super well done. I love them.

  5. Lyn says:

    Thanks Ruth – it’s available on Amazon UK.

  6. zedster66 says:

    They look gorgeous, Ruth :)

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