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« on: April 20, 2012 12:09:11 AM »

I made this ball for a friend's dog, Charlie.



They are very easy to make. I used a skein of Deb Stoller Full O Sheep yarn, but any 100% wool will work, including unravelled sweaters. For a lighter ball you can start to wrap around a base of wool scraps or batt, but I wanted a heavy, sturdy ball so I just wound the skein into a tight ball. Tuck in the loose end and put the ball inside an old knee high or old fashioned panty hose, tie a knot so the ball is firmly wrapped, and throw it in the washer with your laundry. I set it on hot wash/cold rinse and just leave it in through several washings. When the wool fuzz shows on the outside of the knee high it's ready. At that point, move it to the dryer for a few cycles until it's dry. If you want to personalize it, take a foot or so of contrasting yarn and needle felt the name (or design) firmly onto the ball. I put it back in the knee high and repeated the washing/drying a few more cycles to make sure it was firmly felted. Make sure it's dry and you're done! These balls are quite sturdy (unless your dog likes to chew up balls, mine just wants to play fetch so these are great for that). They also don't get as slimy and soggy as tennis balls, so they are more fun for the humans. Plus, they look cute and are washable! If they get ratty you can refelt them with the knee high/washer method and they are as good as new.



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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2012 02:33:12 AM »

What a great idea, I do like that you can redo it when it gets a bit raggy.
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2012 04:14:50 AM »

I've heard of felting roving into a ball but not a skein of yarn.  Thanks so much for sharing this, Charlie is a lucky dog!
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2012 05:34:39 AM »

So cute! I'm bookmarking this for future reference. My girl Stella needs a personalized ball, and I'm betting all her cousin dogs do as well. Thanks for telling us how to make these!
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2012 06:51:14 AM »

That is a great idea.  Looks fantastic too.
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2012 06:56:05 AM »

Awesome felt ball...I'll have to add this to my list of things to try Smiley  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2012 08:26:05 AM »

Charlie couldn't love his ball more! It saw a lot of action yesterday. It's now covered in drool but still holding up well!

I'm definitely going to try to make some more of these. They are great! Thanks for the instructions.
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2012 11:42:32 AM »

What a great gift, and so clever Lori. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2012 09:17:46 PM »

Thanks!!
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2012 09:32:37 AM »

Do you have a link to a good needle-felting tutorial? I would love to make one of these for my little dog Betsy. Smiley
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