Positively fun, absolutely useful DIY. There’s something for every skill level, from super-easy felted wool balls and a bag-holder that attaches to a leash to a cozy crocheted bed and a folding feeding stand—little comforts that make life more pleasant for both you and your dog. (We’ll let you in on a secret: You can also purchase the ball kit, leash bag and bed from the craftswomen who provided the instructions; see the contact information.)
• Uncarded wool (Merino is the easiest to felt)
• Long piece of roving (washed and carded wool)
• Bowl of hot soapy water
Finished size: Comparable to a tennis ball
Note: For safety, balls intended for use by small children or dogs should be at least the size of a tennis ball and used under supervision.
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Press the uncarded wool together, shaping it into a ball, and wrap the roving tightly around it. Holding the ball, slip your hand into the tights down to the toe. As you hold the ball inside the tights, use your other hand to pull the tights over your hand, leaving the ball of wool inside.
Gently soak the ball in the hot soapy water. Leaving the ball inside the
tights, toss it from hand to hand; you may also roll it between your hands
and squeeze it softly. Do this very gently for about 20 minutes. Next, take
the ball out of the tights. Now you can squeeze it much harder; do this for
about 10 more minutes. As you work, the ball should get smaller and harder.
Rinse the ball in cold water, squeeze out the excess water and let air dry.