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Ghoulish Felted Eyeballs

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Make a jar full of these delightfully ghoulish felted eyeballs this Halloween! They’re easier (and more economical) to collect than real eyeballs, so why not make a bunch?

These eyeballs are felted from wool roving, with the iris and pupil added as needle-felted details. This easy project uses just a little bit of wool and requires only a basic understanding of needle-felting so it’s a great introduction to felting. And, just like collecting real eyeballs, they’re completely addictive. You’ll have a whole lab-full in no time!

Materials:Wool roving (in white, iris color of you choice – I used brown, orange, blue and green – and a few wisps of red* and black)

Supplies: Needle-felting needle, dish gloves, dish soap, hot water

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Directions:

1. Fill your sink (or container) with hot water and a squirt of dish soap.

2. Pull off white wool roving into a large wisp, about the length and width of your hand.

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3. Tie the wool in a loose knot and tuck in the ends.

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4. Put on your dish gloves and dunk your wool knot into the hot water and agitate by rolling around into a ball shape. Apply some pressure and after a little while (about five minutes) your ball will start to “felt.” When the wool fully felts, the result is a dense, hard ball of wool, with very little give. Be patient. Each eyeball will take a few minutes to get to this stage.

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5. Add small wisps of white wool to the ball to even out the shape, and fill in surface cracks and fissures. Continue dunking and rolling until you have a round ball.

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6. OPTIONAL FOR BLOODSHOT EYEBALLS: Add a small wisp of red roving to one side of the eyeball. Dunk and agitate to felt this red wisp onto the eyeball.

7. Take a wisp of colored wool (this will be for your eyeball’s iris) and shape it into a flat circle/disk shape. Place the iris on the eyeball (over the bloodshot portion, if you did that step) and needle-felt the iris onto the eyeball.

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8. Dunk and felt the eyeball to further felt the iris onto the eyeball, rolling it round.

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9. Take the tiniest wisp of black and roll it into a ball. Carefully needle-felt this pupil onto the center of the iris.

10. Dunk and felt the eyeball to further felt the pupil onto the eyeball, rolling it round.

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* Optional. The red wool is for making bloodshot eyeballs.