Wool felt beads are probably the easiest felted item to make. Well, I suppose the rope is easiest as there's no cutting involved.
All you need to get started is some merino wool fiber (maybe a few colors depending on what you want to make), a bar of soap, hot water and your hands!
There are several styles you can try. Here are just a few ideas to get you going, then you can experiment for yourself with colors and shapes.
We'll start with a few single color wool felt beads just now. So...
Pull off piece of wool fiber and fluff it or tease it apart with your fingers.
Push the fiber into a wad that that you can hold in one hand orlayer the fiberthen roll it up gently - shorter lengths are easier to manage.
Wet your hands with warm water one by one, then begin to roll thefiber back and forth between your hands to form a rope. At first it willstick to your hands - it may help if you wet the fiber underthe hot tap and squeeze gently until the fibers stick together a little.
Start gently so the rope is formed evenly. Increase the pressure as you feel the rope begin to harden.
After a few minutes the rope should be fairly firm. Cut the ropeinto pieces about the same length as they are thick.
Lightly rub the flat cut end of a bead against your soap bar and roll thebead around in a circular motion between your hands making it round.
Don't let your wool felt bead get soapy. Wipe the excess soap off with a paper towel and continue rolling your bead until it is round and evenly felted.
You know it's finished when it is no longer fuzzy when you take your hand away.
Rinse the soap out of your bead with cold water and allow it to dry.
Repeat until you've used up all the bead pieces!