What you need:
- Scale to measure one ounce
- Wool-clean, combed, non dyed top, roving or batt
- Flip top sandwich bags
- Felting needle single or muti
- Ice pick or sharp tool
- 1 or 2 tsp Pears soap grated or another mild soap
- Washing machine
Start by measuring one ounce of wool. I measure about 25 of them and put each ounce in a sandwich bag.
Remove the wool from the baggie and roll the wool into a ball. As you roll poke it with the felting needle just enough to make it stay together. When the whole ounce is a ball put it back in the sandwich bag. Cut the bag flap so it is straight. Tie the two flaps into a knot. Poke the ball all over with the ice pick so water and soap can transfer. I make my pokes about ¾ to 1 inch apart.
After making about 25 balls or less put them in your washer and fill it with hot water. Add about 1 or 2 teaspoons of soap. Leave the lid open and let the washer agitate for about 45 minutes on gentle, but not hand wash. If it agitates to fast the bags will break and you will have misshapen balls. I have to reset my washer about 3 times. On the last agitation cycle close the lid and let it rinse and spin twice. Remove the balls and cut off the sandwich bags. I roll them in my hands to give them some extra roundness. Put them in your dryer on the cotton setting. I add two beach towels to keep everything fluffy and to absorb some of the water.
There you have it one ounce dryer balls.
Using your felting needle and a small amount of wool. Needle felt a design on the ball. Make a shape, place it on the ball…poke, poke, poke…beautiful!
Wash and Dry!