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Jan in CA
09-30-2008, 04:15 PM
These are amazing!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/brookehanna/sets/72157605919576001/detail/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brookehanna/sets/72157605919576001/)

Here's a link I found on Ravelry for making some.
http://www.thegoodmama.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=94&products_id=724

stitchwitch
09-30-2008, 04:25 PM
Now those are neat!! :cool:

ArtLady1981
09-30-2008, 04:54 PM
Thanks Jan! Those are really neato! I especially appreciate the "how to" link!
It looks soooo easy. The tutorial is great!

The flickr balls may have had embroidery/crewel techniques applied to the surface of the unfelted balls. That would work for the artwork!

They would be so nice, and novel, to give at a baby shower!
Safe and quiet little balls! ;)

evona
09-30-2008, 06:45 PM
Those are really cool! Thanks for posting Jan :)

hartleystudio
09-30-2008, 07:25 PM
That is so cool!!! Now if I only had some pantyhose!!!

Jan in CA
09-30-2008, 07:37 PM
The flickr balls may have had embroidery/crewel techniques applied to the surface of the unfelted balls. That would work for the artwork!



Oh I guess they could be embroidery of some type, but I thought maybe it was needle felting. :think:

jeanius80
09-30-2008, 09:36 PM
those are so pretty.. but, umm, what are they for?

brittyknits
09-30-2008, 10:04 PM
those are so pretty.. but, umm, what are they for?

Yeah, me too:) -- gorgeous, but what do you do with them?

knitgal
09-30-2008, 10:58 PM
They're so pretty- like art! I would just display them in a nice bowl on my coffee table.

(I thought they were done by needle felting too)

saracidaltendencies
09-30-2008, 11:28 PM
Those are really cool!

Doodknitwit
09-30-2008, 11:35 PM
what do you need them for..what is their function ??:whoosh:

Jan in CA
10-01-2008, 12:40 AM
Not a clue what they are for, but I think I would display them in a beautiful bowl.

GinnyG
10-01-2008, 05:13 AM
what do you need them for..what is their function ??:whoosh:

hahahahaha, that was my first thought.

The tutorial says they are "dryer balls", what is that?

I think the fancy ones are needle felted too. They are very pretty, love the fish ones.

Knit4Pie
10-01-2008, 05:39 AM
Yeah, I've been wondering what they're for too. All I can think of is maybe attracting lint??

gingerbread
10-01-2008, 06:47 AM
I looked up dryer balls and they take the place of dryer sheets. Of course do they work don't know.:shrug:
I am with the rest I would put them in a bowl on a table. They are so pretty. I too think it was hand felted pictures on them.


:waving:

knitgal
10-01-2008, 08:54 AM
I think the "dryer ball" ones are supposed to fluff up your laundry without the use of fabric softener sheets like these ones (http://www.daniadown.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=380&DeptID=50&PriceCat=1&Lang=EN-US).

Tropicflower24
10-01-2008, 10:08 AM
Yes, strange as it may seem, dryer balls do work. And I've used tennis balls in a pinch, and the clothes came out great, so I'd assume these would work the same way. :) They are really pretty.

Simply_Renee
10-01-2008, 12:24 PM
I thought they would make a good toddler toy, provided they were big enough and didn't unravel to pose a choking hazard. They reminded me of soft blocks.

ETA- Some parents use dryer balls (or tennis balls) instead of fabric softener- especially on flame retardant sleepwear. Fabric softener inhibits the flame retardant quality. It really does work fine- it bangs the clothes around and softens them. Plus it's wonderful sounding while drying. (LOL)

Sunshine's Mom
10-01-2008, 01:40 PM
That's a really great idea! Now I have a use for my left-over yarn. Yeah!

They are really great to use if you're drying a comforter or a down jacket or something. Things that need to be "puffed up" as it were.

stitchwitch
10-01-2008, 02:27 PM
Why do they need to have a function? Can't they just be art? :shrug:

knitpurlgurl
10-01-2008, 05:02 PM
Very cute!

MAmaDawn
10-01-2008, 05:33 PM
Very neat! I don't use dry sheet cuz they are $$, I don't like the way most smell that much and I've heard that they wear out your dryer, don't know if that's true, but being that I don't like they way the smell and the cost was enough for me to not use them....

Maybe I'll make these and see how they help....

How heavy are they? Could you make them into ornaments for a tree?

Tropicflower24
10-01-2008, 10:08 PM
Stitchwitch - I agree. Things shouldn't always have to have a purpose. Some things are better being art. But there are always somethings you need, and if your life is filled with items, purposeful and art! your life can be more beautiful. :D

jeanius80
10-01-2008, 11:00 PM
How heavy are they? Could you make them into ornaments for a tree?

You can start the initial felting over a lightweight round object Like a ping pong ball or wiffle ball) Which would make it very lightweight!

:teehee:OOO man! Now I have the desire to make a bunch of these for our holiday decorating!
:cheering:

WandaT
10-02-2008, 12:14 PM
i think I just may have to try making some of these. Very cool!

Abbily
10-02-2008, 05:15 PM
They don't have to have a function... but the name "dryer balls" suggests that there is a function. I didn't know what they were for, either. :)