Wool roving can be made into rocks and geodes. I decided to recreate an amethyst geode. To make it, I wound wool roving into a big asymmetric ball and needle felted many different colors of purple, then added ecru and gray for the outside.
I've made a felted orb before and it was symmetrical.
When people ask "what do you do with it?" I reply by saying it can be used as a needle holder; it sharpens needles as they are pierced into the center. And it's art!
It will take quite a few ounces of wool roving to make my amethyst geode as it is needle felted firmly, compressing each layer as it is added. I wanted it to be big but didn't know how much roving it would take until I was satisfied with the size.
First I rolled up different colors of purple and needle felted them around and next to each other.
I made the geode asymmetrical and added rolls of wool in the center and needle felted it until very very firm.
For the last part of the geode,
the layer colors will be ecru and gray.
The geode now weighs 374 gm (13 1/3 oz) and
is 9 inches long. I added some texture to the outside too.
The needle felting part is done, now it will be wet felted. To do this, I put it in a bowl of hot water and watched the air bubbles come to the surface. Hot water opens up the scales on the fibers so they will felt faster.
Liquid dishwashing soap is squirted over the geode and lubricates the fibers, making them easier to intertangle and felt together. I tossed it around the sink to compact it. A final rinse in cold water removes the soapy residue and hardens the surface.
Now comes the scary part for me. I am going to cut it in half! I use a fillet knife as it is flexible, thin and super sharp. The knife needs to glide through the layers and and not alter the shape as it is cut. A smooth cut mimics how a wet saw would cut into a real geode.
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