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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2012 02:54:48 PM »

I've never come across the idea of dryer balls, but I love the idea of a bowl full of brightly coloured felt balls as decoration/playthings (let's face it, they're bound to get picked up and thrown around!). Thanks for the tutorial link - what a great idea to use the tights, I was thinking "gosh, that's a lot of work!"
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2012 04:51:26 AM »

They looks cool

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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2013 12:39:19 AM »

Quite often my son raids my scraps wool bags ( all those bits of colourful fluff are far too enticing for a 7 year old.) he will happily make balls and stuff them in tights ready for the machine - at which point in they go on a hot wash and dry. Had no idea that they would have had an alterior purpose other than to create the most fabulous caterpillars ( one threaded with string.)
But for those of you who have done this - if you take a hand saw ( trust me the bigger these are the better - but tougher) and cut slices, you can make the most amazing hangings. I will pop a tutorial up ASAP !


LATEST project - I'm compiling a "handed down" recipes boom and so if I get you in a swap, would you be so kind to find a recipe from your childhood. type it up - if you want to decorate, then please do :

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« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2013 11:32:48 PM »

How did you make them? I'd love to make some too, but I'm in France for the next year and all my fiber is at home Sad I'm sure I could find wool here somewhere though. Anyone know the french word for wool?

Wool in French is "laine" (sounds like "glenn" without the "g", so just "lenn"). You can buy wool roving from knitting stores. Might want to google it. I know of some places in Paris but I'm not quite sure where you are in France. PM me! Smiley My husband is French and from France. We were just there visiting family not too long ago.

« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2013 11:35:55 PM »

lol@Jexxican. love this post.
i haven't used wooly balls yet, though I plan on making some of my own and using them. how many balls do you stuff into your washer?

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« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2013 03:20:47 PM »

...how many balls do you stuff into your washer?

Are you asking about when I make them or when I'm using them in the dryer? When I made them I just did as many as fit into the hose and tossed them in with a load of towels. When I'm using them in the dryer I generally toss in about 4. Also, if you wash them in hot a second time (sans hosiery) then they get even harder and work better.

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