The Lazy Girl's Guide to Felting Rocks

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Felting Rocks

Lise Harwin
Oct 14, 2008

There's something about felt that seems so cozy for fall. But being decidedly non-crafty, we're a bit afraid to take on projects that involve anything more than scissors and glue. Enter felted rocks, a simple home decor item that requires tools as commonplace as hot water, liquid soap and a pair of nylons.

Oregon blogger resurrection fern offers the following tutorial for those who want felted rocks without the peril of rubbing their fingers raw.

Items needed:
• Small smooth rocks
• Wool fleece or roving
• Hot water
• Liquid soap
• An old pair of stockings or nylons
• String
• A washing machine

Time: 1 hour

• Take a large bowl or fill the sink with hot soapy water.
• Take a stone and wrap it with wool fleece, making sure to cover all directions of the stone. Usually about 3 or 4 layers.
• Wet the stone in the hot soapy water and gently rub the stone in your hand for a few minutes until it seems wet, soapy and smooth.
• Do not rinse, just set aside. Cover as many stones as you want.
• Starting with the toe of a stocking, place a fleece covered rock snugly in the stocking and tie with a string in order to separate the stones so they don't felt together.
• Place this rock-filled stocking in your washing machine, put the setting on hot, and low water level and start the wash cycle (this has never damaged the machine).
• When the cycle is done, remove the stocking. Hang to dry or remove the stones first, whichever you prefer.

Vary the method buy using multicolored fleece or by adding a thin vein of a contrasting color to make it look like a faux sea stone.

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