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Wet Felted Easter Eggs

How to wet felt Easter eggs in 5 minutes – This project makes small quail size felted eggs. Good for a beginner felters of all ages.

felted quail eggs

    Time required: 5 minutes

    Supplies needed:

    Small quantities of wool roving, both natural white and dyed colours
    (Merino wool top works best)
    Small bits of wool yarn
    1 bowl of hot water
    Dish detergent
    1 bowl of cold water

Fill a bowl with hot tap water and a bit of dish detergent.
Fill a second bowl with cold tap water.
Take a small piece of white wool roving and form it into a ball shape.
Take another bit of coloured wool roving or wool yarn and wrap it around the formed ball.
Dip the ball of wool into the bowl of hot soapy tap water.
Rub the wool roving in the palm of your hand, forming a ball shape.
Continue to rub it vigorously and continue to dip it in the hot soapy water.
The wool will start to harden and form a ball shape.
When it starts to harden, dip it in the cold water and continue to roll it between the palms of your hands.
Alternate between dipping the wool ball in the hot water and cold water, squeezing out excess water.
When the wool ball has become quite hard (about 3-4 minutes of rolling)
Pinch and shape the ball into an egg shape.
Continue to roll in your hands and dip into the cold and hot water
until you are happy with the consistency of the hardened felt.

How to Make Felted Easter Eggs

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Natural Dyes – Dyed Easter Eggs from your Kitchen: aa031901

Natural dyes can be fun to work with and you might be surprised at the colours that can be found in your kitchen. Each of these Easter eggs were dyed using a microwave. As I had some dye left over, I also dyed a bit of wool with each dye batch.

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If you are not a handspinner, you can do this project using already spun wool. Save the dyed fleece or spun wool.

After Easter, you can use the wool for weaving a small tapestry. I will be posting instructions for building a small loom using a cardboard box.

Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

The jars in the photo contain some white Romney wool, mordanted in a Tin bath.

Starting with the dark blue egg and going clockwise the dyes used were:

Red Cabbage & vinegar

Pickled Beet juice

Rosehip tea

Blackberry tea

Turmeric

Paprika

For each Easter egg, I used the following dye method.

  • Hard boil all the eggs first.
  • Use clean glass jars for each dye.
  • Half fill the glass jars with water.
  • Heat in the microwave for 3 minutes on high power or until the water is almost boiling.
  • Add the dyestuff and stir until dissolved. (some of the dyes don’t dissolve, so just stir well.
  • Place the boiled egg into the glass jar, ensuring that there is sufficient water to completely cover the egg.
  • Let the jar stand overnight.
  • Remove the egg and place it onto a clean coffee filter or other paper until dry.

Dyed Wool

Because there was quite a bit of dye left over in each jar, I didn’t want to waste it, so I also dyed some wool. I
pre-mordanted some fleece in a Tin (stannous chloride) mordant. If you don’t have access to Stannous chloride, you can substitute by using a clean tin can. Place it in a pot of water and boil it for a few hours.

You could also use an Alum mordant.
Mordants change the structure of the fibre to allow the dye to penetrate. Mordants also improve the colourfastness of the dye. Different mordants also produce different colours, so experiment with them to see what colours you can create.

If you don’t have fleece or aren’t a handspinner, try dyeing some spun wool, mohair, angora, silk or alpaca yarn, instead.

After removing the egg, reheat each jar in the microwave for a minute.

Then add the mordanted wool to the dyebath and let it stand for about an hour.

When the dyebath cools, reheat the jar in the microwave for another minute.

The heat helps the wool to absorb the dye.

Reheat each jar about 3 -4 times as they cool.

Then let each jar sit overnight to allow the wool to absorb more dye.

Remove the dyed wool from the jar and rinse in cool water with a bit of dish soap.

Squeeze out the water and let the wool dry

Natural Dye Recipes

Easter Egg Dye Recipes
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Easter Crochet Patterns: crochet-easter

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Crochet this basket in cheery Easter colours.

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Crochet this sweater for spring, with worsted weight yarn and single and double crochet.

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