One day I will count all the bees we have in our house. They're just to tide me over until I am the mama to an apiary full of them.
Supplies: 100% wool roving
1 Take a thin 6'' piece of roving and begin rolling it like a ball of yarn [I used a mixture of grey and black]
2 Run under warm water and continue to roll (you could also just use a bowl of warm water)
3 Add a little bit of soap
4 Begin rolling between your hands
5 Sometimes I use a sponge to roll it on to give more friction
6 If you want a larger ball, add a little bit more roving and repeat process
*This takes PRACTICE and TIME. Don't get discouraged if you need to readjust pieces of your roving. Make a couple of practice spheres first to get a hang of how the roving reacts. If you don't want a perfect sphere, just flatten with your hand before allowing to dry overnight. I like them different shapes and sizes (which is easier to do anyway!)
Wool Pebble Necklace and Bracelet
Supplies: Wool pebbles, twine or string, large needle (pliers are also helpful if your twine is stubborn when going through wool)
1 Cut the length you want your finished necklace PLUS a few inches, as the knots and finished knot will use up some length. Decide where you want your first pebble to start, tie a knot, add the pebble, tie another knot RIGHT next to the pebble to keep it in place. Repeat until pebbles are placed where desired.
2 For the bracelet, I used stretchy cord and strung them on without knots in between. Tie the ends and put a dab of jewelry glue on the knot. Trim ends.
PS You could also take a shortcut and just buy wool pebbles and whip this up in no time flat! I won't tell your mom.
you are so beatiful Katy!ReplyDelete
so where would you buy something like a wool pebble?
Ginna, Etsy is always a good place to look for things like this. One shop is:ReplyDelete
i have a bee tattoo right above my left butt cheek...but sheesh, don't tell anyone!ReplyDelete
i have a "thing" for bees too. :-)
natalie @ our old southern house
wow, those are lovely, i love the bracelet, you look beautiful in the picture with the necklace, simplicity :)ReplyDelete
I was asked where to find wool roving: With the popularity that it's enjoyed lately, you can find it at craft stores in small quantities. Or, once again, I'm sure someone on Etsy is selling it!ReplyDelete
I love my wool roving necklace!ReplyDelete
My in-laws just bought 50,000 bees and a hive. They also have a very expansive garden. They're going for true self-sufficiency. I'm guessing they'll bring home some livestock next. Just kidding...but not about the bees.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful picture of you! The jewelry goes wonderfully with the rest of your ensemble. Simply stunning. Love it!