Welcome to the third and final installment of Fun with Felt! As a basic introduction, the first technique I tried out with my camp kids was making felt balls. It's a simple way to learn the idea behind agitating the material so the fibers hook together to create a solid form. A pretty good learning tool, but a little underwhelming when you're finished and don't exactly know what to do with them. Here you can read about the process of felting, here you can read about carding the wool to create a marbled color effect before felting, and in this post I will show you one way you can utilize the product.
When making a felt ball, you should start slowly with little pressure and increase speed and pressure as the fibers become matted together. This way the ball with be evenly round with no weird stray patches hanging off. If you do end up with some dangly bits you can just snip them with scissors. As you can see, it decreases pretty significantly in size so keep that in mind when gathering the initial amount of wool. I recognize this all sounds pretty suggestive, but it's hard to get around when you have to keep using the word "ball".
So after waiting for them to dry, I strung some of my felt balls together to create a necklace. This part could not be easier. Use some embroidery thread and a needle to pierce through the center of each ball. Make a knot at either end of your arrangement and then use a sliding knot to create an adjustable closure. Assembling the necklace took all of five minutes and I think it's a pretty fun way to utilize my left over teacher demos and abandoned kiddie art from camp. Coincidentally, that embroidery thread came from a bag left behind by a girl at a previous camp for which I worked. I promise I'm not just stealing craft supplies from children... Let me know if you want me to make you one!