Felted Ball Necklace: A tutorial
I know I said I wasn’t going to make anything for anyone for Christmas this year, but I stumbled across a project that was perfect for a gift and takes almost next to no time.
A while ago, I read about this felted ball necklace tutorial at the Purl Bee. But when I was in the store, I saw they had a simpler sample with just embroidery thread simply threaded and knotted through and on each side of the felted balls. I bought an assortment of felted balls in coordinating colors and sizes. I already had a bunch of embroidery thread at home. The only things left I needed to buy was a specially felt needle and barrel closures. I bought mine from Artbeads. Actually you don’t need the barrel closures if you make the necklace long enough to put on over your head.
So here’s the simple tutorial. I’m sorry that I didn’t take any pictures of the process, but really, it’s so simple. Really!
- Determine your length of embroidery thread. I just measured where I wanted the necklace to fall on my chest and then added 1 inch on each side to have enough play to knot the ends.
- Determine how many balls and color pattern you want for your necklace.
- Then lay them next to the length of embroidery thread to determine where the first knot will go.
- Make a double knot.
- Use the felt needle to thread the balls onto the embroidery thread, twisting back and forth to force the needle through. (Make sure the needle goes through the center of the ball.)
- Make another double knot on the other side of the balls when done threading them onto the embroidery thread. (If you are spacing your balls apart, make sure to knot on both sides of each ball to retain your original spacing.)
- If you’re adding a barrel closure, determine equal distance from the balls to the closure to knot it onto the thread. Use a triple or quadruple knot to secure it on each side and then glue the knot with fray check or krazy glue.
- If you’re necklace is long enough not to need a closure, just triple or quadruple knot it closed and then glue it as stated above.
- Snip leftover thread.
If any of those instructions are unclear, just leave a comment and I will try to clarify.
I made fuchsia sets and blue sets. I also bought some more colors recently to make more. This is an addictive project. And it makes a great last minute gift if you have the materials already on hand. Oh and for my sister’s necklace, I spaced out the balls. It was very pretty, but I forgot to get a picture of it. I made a total of 12 necklaces. It probably only took me about 2 evenings to complete all of them.
And here’s an example of what my necklaces looked like.
I’m wearing this one today!
Happy sewing and crafting!