Easter is fast approaching and this year I have decided to decorate the house to give the girls a sense of excitement about Easter Sunday. I know these ‘believing’ years won’t last long so I want to make the most of every moment of wonder, for their sake as well as my own.
These are an adult only craft as the needle is extremely sharp.
To make these all you need is:
-Polystyrene or Styrofoam eggs – any size
-A felting needle – I’d buy a couple as they can snap. It has to be a felting needle as it has tiny barbs on the point that helps to felt the wool so a normal needle can’t be used.
To cut wool roving, the best way is to hold each end and pull gently…
…..and the wool will naturally come apart. This gives it a feathery edge rather than a blunt thick edge which is more difficult to disguise and can look a bit lumpy.
I start at the top of the egg so for this I pull out a strand of the wool roving.
Start to coil the end of the roving up.
Make it a bit loose as the felting process will cover up the gaps.
This is for the top of the egg. If you need to make it bigger then just add another strand at the end of the last one and continue to coil, it will naturally stay together.
Add it to the top of the egg, take your needle and stab downwards in a straight line. This will anchor the roving in to the egg. Keep stabbing the roving all over until it is stuck down. You can be quite hard and fast here but take care of your fingers and keep them out of the way of the needle.
Here, I am adding stripes – take a strand of roving in the colour of your choice and lay it across the egg.
Hold it fairly taut and stab in to position all the way around. The left over end bit you can either tease out (if its long) and then stab down or just stab down overlapping the ends as it should be quite thin and won’t show.
To make the lines really straight, go around the edge and gently push in any strands that are wobbly.
Keep going in the colours you like, bigger stripes take less time.
Once you get to the bottom, make another coil and felt it down in the same way.
I like to give it a final stab all over with the needle and then make loads more in all different sizes 🙂
To make one colour, I take a thicker strand and stab in to place
Keep going in sections like this as it gives it a neater appearance rather than wrapping the roving in one big piece around the whole egg.
Make coils for the top and bottom as before. To add spots just make very small coils and felt them on.
I’ve added mine to a basket but you could add a ribbon to the top and hang them.