Our multicolored layered beads were a favorite. We learned the basic skills first on making the round beads.
The picture above shows a student rolling the what will become the flower. She is applying pressure to the bumpy bubble wrap which has been tied around a foam tube to give the fibers the necessary agitation and pressure to felt.
Here are some photos of the beautiful creations from my Felted Bead Making Class at Fiber Options ( a fabulous--take your breath away-- yarn and fabric store) in Rensselaer Falls. The photo above of the set up looks likes a very unusual dinner. The crock pots on the other table have the hot water in them for the felting process. Our dinner mats are a bath towel, a bamboo place mat, and some bubble wrap with a a squirt bottle of soap, and a coffee cup for soaking the beads in hot water or for pouring the hot water onto the felt. The bath towel did a good job of absorbing the extra hot water. The light blue box is upholstery foam for any needle felting we needed to do. Didn't actually do any. The three hours went by fast but we were able to finish two kinds of beads and a gorgeous flower, as seen in the picture.