This is a beginner's felting project that uses up oddments of yarn to produce spherical beads that can then be made into a necklace or bracelet. The beauty of using yarn is that it is easy to get beads of the same size by measuring the same length of yarn for each one. And it's a lot easier to come by than wool tops, the traditional material used for felt-making.
It is vital that the yarn you choose is 100% wool and that it is not a machine washable yarn. It is possible to get yarn with a small proportion of man-made fibre to felt, but leave that for when you know what you are doing - if you have never felted before, you need 100% wool. If it has been treated to make it machine washable then it will not felt, so read the label and only use yarn that says hand wash. A loosely spun yarn is best, and ideally a chunky one as you won't spend so much time unravelling the individual strands.
To make enough felt balls for a necklace similar to the one in the photo you will need:
about 18m of chunky, 100% wool yarn (or the equivalent weight of a finer yarn)
a small bowl
washing up liquid or other liquid detergent
Step 1: Preparing the Yarn
Measure and cut a length of yarn for your first felt ball. If you are using a chunky yarn, a 2m length will produce a ball of approximately 18mm diameter. (See the final step for the lengths required for different diameters.) Cut the 2m piece into shorter lengths of about 75-100mm.
Separate the strands in each length. The yarn in the photos has 3 strands. Lay them randomly on top of each other, not all aligned.