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« on: April 23, 2007 08:14:41 PM »

I've wanted to make a bobble scarf (pic below was nabbed from the Lion Brand website) ever since I saw a similar scarf at an arts and crafts show.  It's just a a wool stockinette scarf, and then you tie bits of  the scarf around some plastic balls and felt it, creating bobbles.

My question is this: where can you get bunches of plastic balls?  Should they be hollow or not?  The person at the arts and crafts show said she uses hazelnuts (I think), but would that screw up the washing machine?  I'm almost thinking I need to buy some bingo balls or something and use them.

Any ideas?  Here's a pic:

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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2007 08:33:04 PM »

what about ping pong balls? or specifically half a ping pong ball. Or if you wanted smaller bobbles the rubber superballs from a gumball machine, buttons or even marbles (on a lower agitation) there are plenty of options you just have to pick the size you want. The lion brand scarf looks like it wasn't tied around anything judging by the elongated bobbles. try a swatch using objects around the house and see what works best for you in terms of size and availability.
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2007 09:13:04 PM »

What about a bag of marbles?

I'd probably go to the dollar store and look around to see what I could get the most of for the least money.

I have also seen somewhere on the web a sample that was done with coins - use different denominations for varied sizes of bobbles. Of course they would be shaped different - kind of flattened disks bobbles instead of spherical rounded bobbles.

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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2007 04:50:22 PM »

why not use stuffing? form it into a ball, and tie it the same as any other round object you might have used. I would be a lot lighter than real balls.  Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2007 08:52:45 PM »

I cut disks from wine corks. Tied them into the knit with dental floss. After felting and removing the disks they left nice circles. Tried to use dice for square bobbles, but the corners made holes. I'm going to try it again but put a small piece of fabric as a liner so hopefully it won't rub so much on the corners during felting.
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2007 09:49:18 PM »

I remember Interweave Knits had an article about this, they called it Shibori Felting. The article suggested using milk jug or pop bottle caps.

If you google Shibori Felting there are lots of tutorials and other info.
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2007 09:31:22 AM »

Thanks, all!  I never knew that this technique had a name, so now I can google it and get lots more inspiration.

I like the cork idea--I just really REALLY want to use something that won't kill the washing machine.  It's an old machine, marbles could put it over the edge. Smiley
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