This post is all about wet felting: how to make felt balls with the Futte Futte kit. I picked up this Futte Futte wet felting kit by Hamanaka at my local Joyful Honda store. It includes a basket that you can use to shake a mass of wet wool roving to form a round ball.
The Futte Futte kit comes with a shaking basket and a small spoon. You will need to purchase a number other things to make the felt balls, but hopefully you will have these on hand already. I purchased the Hamanaka brand soap, but I think you can probably use a couple drops of ordinary dish soap. You will also need felting wool. The book recommends using 2 grams, so to weigh out the appropriate amount you will need a scale. However this is not absolutely necessary – you can probably just estimate how much 2 grams is by loosely filling the basket up with wool that has been chopped up and broken apart. You will also need hot water that is 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit. To measure the water temperature, you will need a thermometer. I used a meat thermometer – the kind you stick in a turkey when roasting it in the oven. Alternatively, you can just use water as hot as you can stand, and that will probably be about the right temperature.
Wet Felting vs Needle Felting
Wet felting involves soaking wool roving in hot water and a tiny bit of soap. Once the wool is wet you can mold it into whatever shape you desire.
Wet felting is a somewhat more involved process than needle felting, because you need hot water, soap, and a thermometer to measure the water temperature. The prep time may end up making this process more time consuming than needle felting. On the other hand, I found wet felting to be a bit easier than needle felting, particularly when using this futte futte kit.
If you only need one felt ball, I would choose needle felting over wet felting. However, if you plan to make a lot of felt balls for a craft garland or a caterpillar, I would recommend using the wet felting technique over regular needle felting.
Overall, I thought this was a fun and easy way to make felt balls! I highly recommend it.