These little felt balls are so quick and easy. Also you can make a bunch at once so even a large garland would be simple! Let's get started!
wool- batting or roving but my preference is batting
You will start by pulling away a small amount of wool. Really the amount depends on the size ball you want. You can play around with this by rolling it up to get an idea of the size.
Now tightly roll a ball starting at one end and rolling and folding until you have a ball.
Once you have a ball, needlefelt it lightly just to hold it's shape while you make more.
Once you have all of the little balls rolled, place them in a container and pour a small amount of hot soapy water over the balls. Just enough to dampen them. I used Ivory dish soap.
Now place a lid on your container and shake the container for a few minutes. This will begin the felting. After a few minutes you can place the balls on a bubble mat with a bit more hot water and roll them with your hands against the mat. If you are only doing a few, you can just roll them in your hands after wetting them with hot water. No mat needed. With either method they will now felt down completely. I don't like to felt them too hard so that I can easily get a needle through when stringing them for garland.
After rolling them in your hands or on the mat to the density that you prefer, rinse them with cold water making sure that all of the soap is out. Next, toss them in your dryer. This will finish the felting nicely.
Now it is time to string them! I used a doll sewing needle because it has a sharp point and a large eye for the yarn. simply run the needle through the center of each ball to string them up.
At first I used this cotton crochet thread but them I switched to a brown acrylic. I liked the brown more for autumn and I found that the acrylic held the balls in place on the garland better.
Space the felted balls evenly apart on your garland and knot off both ends of yarn. Now hang and enjoy! Happy autumn!!!