Before I share my story about my soggy balls, let me just go back to Sunday’s local craft market. It turned out to be a lovely sunny day – amazing considering we’ve had weeks of rain and are all growing webbed feet!
I had the chance to display my new jewellery on a makeshift stand made up of a plastic stand covered with a piece of un-dyed pre-felt batting, which created a light background that framed the felt jewellery nicely.
After the previous market, I didn’t have a huge amount of stock left, so I brought a couple of my paintings for display at the other end of the table.
Here is a close up of the jewellery which I think looks cute lined up in three columns of colour.
While I was at the market, I started another earrings and necklace set. I had time to roll and stitch pieces of felt and later that afternoon, I added the beading to the earrings, plaited three colours of embroider’s cotton to make a necklace and finished the set. I love the colour combination.
As you can see, I’ve put the necklace together slightly differently this time, with a loop of beading that I’ve attached to the main necklace with two jump rings.
So what about my soggy balls?
Well, as I said above, it’s been raining for gawd knows how long and things seem to take so long to dry. I made a few little felt balls in cream and also blended amber shades, which will be the basis for some new jewellery.
Even though I made these balls two days ago, and put them to dry in the kitchen on an upturned sieve so they would get reasonable air circulation, when I came home from work today eager to get going on the next lot of jewellery, I couldn’t. I was also concerned that if I left the balls to dry too much longer they’d end up getting that mildewy smell that damp towels get when they haven’t dried quickly. Yuk! I definitely didn’t want that!
After briefly considering using the hairdryer, I decided against that because it would take too long, so I went for an easier way. I’d nuke ’em.
After three minutes in the microwave the little balls were dry and after a couple of minutes longer, the larger balls were light and perky.
If you’re going to do something like this, I’d recommend checking them regularly because you don’t want them to dry too soon and catch fire. That could turn out nasty.
After that, I had to do some housework – the bane of every creative person’s life I reckon. Or maybe just mine, lol, I don’t know. So another day has been ‘wasted’. Tomorrow though, after a couple of morning appointments, I get to play – to be creative.
Let’s see what my creative juices put together tomorrow. For now though, I’ll leave you with a photo of my little balls when they were still wet. Can you spot the one that’s going to be a little cube?