Saturday, 3 January 2009

A felt ball

Wahee, I made a ball! I've been wanting to make one of these for about 6 years; can you believe that? But every time I've thought about it, I've never been able to work out how to sew together the six sections.

After a bit of internet browsing and putting my grey matter to work, I finally came up with my first effort. I'm so pleased with it, but am seeing a 'felt 'n' blanket stitch' theme to my work! I have to say I love working with felt. It gets a bit annoying sometimes because it likes to fray if you get the needle too near the edge, but there is something so comforting about felt and of course, I don't need to do all that hemming malarky.

This ball appeals wildly to my inner child. I ended up falling asleep with it in my hand on the day I made it LOL! It's stuffed with carded sheeps wool, so has great tactile and warming appeal. I'm going to continue with some felt projects this month to practise my sewing skills and then perhaps try something completely different during February. This gives me a decent run at trying something before I decide how much I enjoy doing it.

The ball cost a minimal amount again - a bit of felt and around 20gms of wool. It took 2 hours and my inspiration came from "Feltcraft" by Petra Berger

Darling daughter has just seen it and asked me what I'm going to call it. "Call it?" I exclaimed, "but it's a ball!". After a huge berating and 'how would you like it if you were just called 'lady'' style conversation, she has now named him Rollabout, which I think is an astonishingly cute name.


  1. Hi Rae,

    you've been awarded a tree of Happiness award, to say thanks for the crafting inspiration. Check it out at

    See you soon?

    R xxx

  2. Loving reading your blog!

    Rollabout certainly is cute, and the other stuff you've made. Can't wait to see how the owl turns out. My daughter has a 'thing' about owls. lol.


  3. Oh Nooooo, I only just found these comments - I'm such a Blogger n00b. Thank you Rachel - that's so kind of you! I need to check it out and pass the award along!

    Motita, good to see you and thanks for your comment. The ball has gone to a happy home :)

    Laura, I'm going to make another owl soon; I love owls too :)