Free and Fun, Felted Fiber Jewelry Project

MakeĀ felted beads following instructions in “Created Felted Beads and Jewelry.”

Felted Beads from "Create Felted Beads" tutorial.

Felted Beads from “Create Felted Beads” tutorial.

Follow along to transform the beads into a finished piece of FUN felted fiber jewelry that really makes a statement!

Fun Felted Fiber" bracelet, by Tammy Honaman. Wool, silk, quartz crystal, FireLine, steel

“Fun Felted Fiber” bracelet, by Tammy Honaman. Wool, silk, quartz crystal, FireLine, steel.

Embellish your finished felted beads.
Add more fiber to the felted beads in the form of silk ribbon (shown is a piece of shibori silk ribbon cut into a thin strip). Place the ribbon onto the felted surface then, using the felting needle, pierce the silk fibers into the felt, joining the two layers securely.

Place silk onto the felted surface. Using a felting needle, pierce along the edge of the silk ribbon, joining the silk and wool fibers together securely.

Place silk onto the felted surface. Using a felting needle, pierce along the edge of the silk ribbon, joining the silk and wool fibers together securely.

Add pops of color.
Place a small amount of roving onto the felted surface. Using a felting needle, pierce the roving so it connects with the felted fibers. If you find the roving disappears into the felted bead, you may need to felt the bead further to make the center more dense.

Add a bit of roving to the surface of the felted ball. Using the felting needle, pierce the roving, joining the two layers together.

Add a bit of roving to the surface of the felted ball. Using the felting needle, pierce the roving, joining the two layers together.

“Draw” accent lines on the surface.
Place the end of a length of silk thread onto your felted bead. Pierce the thread with a felting needle to anchor it in place. “Draw” the silk thread across the surface, piercing with the needle as you go.

Anchor the end of a length of silk thread to the felted surface. "Draw" the silk thread along the bead using the felting needle.

Anchor the end of a length of silk thread to the felted surface. “Draw” the silk thread along the bead using the felting needle.

String the beads into a finished design.
Add a needle to a 2-yard length of thread. Double the thread. String on a bead then the loop of your clasp. Pass the needle back through the bead, keeping a 3-4″ tail.

Thread on a needle then double the thread. String on a bead then the loop of your clasp. Pass back through the bead.

Thread on a needle then double the thread. String on a bead then the loop of your clasp. Pass back through the bead.

Tighten up the bead and clasp, then tie a knot right after the bead.

Tie a knot after the bead.

Tie a knot after the bead.

Pierce the center of a bead with your needle the slide the bead into place.

Pierce the center of a bead with the needle and string the bead into place.

Pierce the center of a bead with the needle and string the bead into place.

Continue adding beads to your bracelet.

Continue stringing beads onto your bracelet design.

Continue stringing beads onto your bracelet design.

Once you have all the beads in place, add a crystal and the loop of the other half of your clasp. Pass the needle back through the crystal, tighten up all the beads, then make a half-hitch knot; repeat for a secure knot.

String all your beads, add the loop on the other half of your clasp, pass back through the last bead strung. Tie a knot.

String all your beads, add the loop on the other half of your clasp, pass back through the last bead strung. Tie a knot.

To finish this design, to feel good about how secure the beads were, and because I had enough thread, I passed back through all the beads, placing a knot after each one. I don’t believe it’s necessary to place a knot after each bead, but I did and I wanted to share that. Once you have your knotting complete, trim your threads and you are good to go.

I would love to see your felted fiber jewelry designs. Please be sure to share them with us at BeadingDaily.com.

Happy felting and happy beading!
blue_tammy

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