Friday, March 12, 2010

Wool Felted Egg Tutorial

Apparently I dreamt that I posted this before because I can not find it anywhere! I am blaming this one on 'Mama-brain', that usually covers everything...

I was very blessed to be asked to join the Spring edition of Rhythm of the Home by the lovely Heather and Bernadette. I was honored and thrilled at the thought. I knew right away I wanted to share how our family celebrates the arrival of Spring with the appearance of the root children. It is such a special time of year for us, a time the girls look forward to the most.

Root Child waiting for the girls at the kitchen table

We used to put gifts from the Root Children in plastic Easter eggs but I really didn't like that idea. I am not a big fan of plastic, plus I really wanted these to look like they were handmade by the Root Children just for my girls. So I started making wet felted wool eggs, cut them open and put the presents inside of them, instead. They are so sweet to see scattered across our lawn, the girls love them and they are simple to make.
I am really happy to be able to share these with all of you.

Needle felting decorations on one of our eggs

To read the full story of how we celebrate with the Root Children and the wool felted egg instructions please go check out my article at Rhythm of the Home. You might want to grab a cup of tea and a nice cozy blanket before you do, though, you are going to want to read every single article in the current issue and the past one. It really is a spectacular resource.

C wet felting

Happy reading! I would love to see pictures of your eggs if you make some.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!



Nadja Magdalena said...

YES! Thankyouthankyouthankyou. I really was hoping to find a tutorial on those wonderful eggs. They are so lovely and I can't wait to make some!

Dawn said...

Ah, very timely, I was going to make some of these in the next few days, thanks for the link. Lovely.
I've just finished my needle felted Mother Earth so thinking of adding some Root Children, and these eggs are lovely too.
Thanks for sharing

Heather said...

Nicole, this is such a wonderful project, and a great way to celebrate the return of Spring. Bernadette were so thrilled to have you join Rhythm of The Home, and we so appreciate all your hard work :)
Happy weekend

boatbaby said...

Fabulous tutorial Nicole. I tried this last year and failed miserably, but I think after reading your article, my mistake was wrapping the eggs in thicj layers rather than thin. I am inspired to try again!

Clare said...

I really love these! I have never tried wet felting, but perhaps I will have to give it a go! What a sweet alternative to the plastic eggs! Thank you for sharing!

Kelly and Kelly said...

It was a great article - and fun to see someone I know in there!

Brynn said...

This is really a wonderful Idea. I hope to make a few for my son this year. I'm also crocheting some eggs that open too. I'll be so happy go get rid of the plastic!

Carrie said...

Thank you for this tutorial, Nicole! I have been wanting to make these for a while and your easy description and cute pictures inspired me to get started! I dyed my wool with kool-aid and even experimented with mixing the wool colors in the layers ;)


great article! I love making these eggs, so enchanting. I posted some photos last week on my blog

Your work and photos are so beautiful!

Redbeet Mama said...

Beautiful home-spun photos - just love them - can't wait to read your article on ROH.


Joy said...

I love the root children in your eggs. They are so adorable. I learned how to make eggs like that at the Steiner Institute last summer. I love them so much! I'm so glad we have such talented mamas and such a wonderful resource like Rhythm of the Home to connect us with these wonderful projects!

tulsileaf said...

Those are lovely! Thank you so much for the link to the tutorial.

Linda said...

Dear Nicole,
How wonderful to be a part of Rhythm of the Home! I am so looking forward to sitting down later today with my cup of tea and reading your tutorial:)
Thank you for sharing,

Julia said...

I bookmarked that sweet little egg! Such a cool idea. I better get cracking though, Easter is just around the corner.

momma rae said...

yay! i was thrilled to see your article in *rhythm of the home*. i was so overjoyed to find these eggs last year and have a lovely alternative to those icky plastic ones! admittedly, when doing mass production, i use the washing machine to assist. ;)

i adore your root children ritual. so sweet! i'm sure your children love it so much. do you celebrate easter, too? i woke up this morning thinking about making something for your girls, but i wanted to check first.

sending you love,

Kirsten said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial! My children and I spent yesterday making some for Easter.

Carrie said...

I was so excited to see you on Rhythm of the Home. Yes, it is an amazing resource!



ONe PiNK FiSH said...

Just read your article and it sounds like something my boys would enjoy. Where exactly do you buy wool?

ONe PiNK FiSH said...

Stop by my blog to pick up a blog award.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nicole,

Thanks so much for the tutorial. I hope the eggs I make will turn out half as lovely as yours!

Your intro page with photos at the top is so inviting. Is that a template Blogger provides. If so, would you mind sharing which one it is or how you did it?


Beth said...

Such pretty pictures! I love the one of the little root child holding the wee flower! What a springy post. I'm off to see your tutorial! love, Beth

Nicole Spring said...

Thank you everyone! It makes me so happy to hear you like it!

Boatbaby - I hear you! I made hem too thick when I first learned how and thet were just big lumpy messes :(

One Pink Fish - You can find the wool roving at some yarn shops, at your local Waldorf school, sometimes at the Farmers Market and/or online. A lot of Etsy sellers have it. HTH!
and thank you for the award :)

Joyce - The template isn't in blogger unfortunately. It is through Flickr.

Thanks again!!!

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