Felt on a ball class fun

Felt on a ball class fun

A couple of weeks ago I finally got to teach my December Felting on a Ball Class. My guild had a group of ladies that wanted to try felting a pot on a ball. We scheduled the class for December, then we got locked down again for Covid, so we moved it to January and had a big freezing rain event so we moved it to February.

We used Corriedale wool. It is easily available in lots of colours. to make things more different than the regular felting on a flat resist and blowing a balloon up in it, routine, we made them with 3 different colour layers and we made them thick so they could be cut.

The first step was to make a small sample so cutting could be practiced later before cutting the pot.

With this method, you work inside out. So your embellishments go on first.


Then we moved on to the task of getting your wool onto the ball. the gerti balls are nice because they are a bit sticky. If you use a kid’s beach ball putting soap on it helps the first layer stick. The first layer is not too hard the second layer is harder and the third layer is harder still as it gets bulkier and bulkier.


Adding the pantyhose tops is fun. If like me you use the legs of pantyhose for making felt balls this is a good use for the top part that is left over.

After that the is lots of rubbing and bouncing and rubbing and bouncing until they are felted enough to remove the pantyhose and deflate the ball.

Then there is rolling and rubbing and some throwing if you like. sorry, no pictures of that part. I forget when I am talking.


The next day student cut their samples and started to cut their pots. Some cut more than others.


Carlene decided she wanted hers covered in locks so added more where they had shifted in the felting process.

Nicole needle felted her cutouts back onto the outside of her pot.

Christine did some cutting

Diane did lots of cutting and then added lots of beads.


18 thoughts on “Felt on a ball class fun

  1. Loved the video! Isn’t it great to be able to get together again and have fun.

    Your students made pretty pots and using the balls, so being able to do bouncing instead of just rubbing, is good (like the idea of needle felting the cut-outs on).

    1. Thanks. I hate the way I sound but I think that is the same for most people. It was fun to be in person again. Bouncing is fun but inconsistent unless you are careful to bounce the all all over. Yes, adding the cut outs was a great idea.

  2. That must have been great fun.
    I tried felting on a ball a few years ago now and I did find getting the fibres to stick to the ball on all layers very difficult. Mine was a football, so not easily deflatable and I had to actually cut it off the ball. A bit difficult to do that and be left with a nice shape. I too liked that bouncing the ball helped a lot with the felting. Not having had children I have never come across Gertie balls, I must get one (or two at least).
    Your pupils’ different results are very intriguing, I love the first one with the locks. I wonder how she managed to get them to stick but without disappearing into the felt beneath.
    Very stimulating – add it to my list of “must have a go at”s

    1. It is difficult to get the fibres to stick as you add the layers. My kids never had gurtie balls. I have only ever seen them used in felting. they are tacky to touch so I am sure they would be grubby really fast if you played with them. I am not sure what they were intended for. most of the locks were needle felted on after. The ones she put on the ball did felt flat. It’s an interesting way to make a vessel.

  3. Looks like your ladies had a lot of fun Ann and what lovely results they got. I particularly like the colours and cut outs on Christine’s. It’s a technique I’ve yet to try, how long would you say they spent on the felting and fulling?

    1. We did have a lot of fun. Christine used the counter top as inspiration and she did amazing job of emulating it. It was a day long class10-4 to do the felting and fulling with a lunch break. Working on your own would be less time. We used corriedale.

  4. Glad you finally got to have an in person class. It looks like everyone enjoyed themselves and the results are so different. I prefer felting on a flat resist as the layout is so much easier.

    1. yes, we were wondering if we were ever going to get to do it. I love seeing how everyone’s pots turn out so different. I prefer to layout flat too but the Ladies wanted to give it a try.

  5. Looks like fun was had by all Ann! What beautiful results too. Isn’t it great to be back to face to face workshops. Love the video – a real ‘how to’ put on the tights (pantyhose)

    1. it was fun and so nice to talk to people in person. The video was taken on a phone by one of the students. It turned out really well. I need to find video editing for dummies program so I can make more.

    2. I like FilmForth Ann. It’s free and once you get beyond the initial frustration it works well

  6. This class was so much fun, Ann! As a first-timer I couldn’t have found myself amongst a better group of students and teacher. I love my “Wonderland-esq” pot and look forward to exploring more wet felting techniques. I’m hooked! Thanks again for a fabulous weekend.

  7. That looks like lots of fun! the pantyho vidio was a great idea! it looks a lot easyer to aply with two people. i have a few exersize balls if you want to try a cat cave or maybe a small dog cave? it will be wonderfull to be back to inperson workshops!!

    1. We did the first one. And Carlene grabbed her phone to film the others. I always forget I can take video with my phone. It was really nice to do the class with real live people, in the same room.

  8. I recently tried working on a Yoga ball. I had trouble getting things to stay on, and getting it felted. The panty hose is, of course, the answer for the felting. Thanks for the inspiration. I will pull out my mostly failed experiment, and give it another go!

    1. I am glad to give you a potential fix for your yoga ball felt problem. It’s a fun thing to try but the problem with getting the wool on the way you want it is the reason I prefer to start flat over a resist and then put a ball in when its partially felted.

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