I wanted to share a quick update regarding my felted balls. They kinda worked, but I ended up ordering from Ornamentea anyways. I just can't deny that I want those colours (I chose Spectrum and Retro) and they just look different.
Here is a photo of my finished felted balls:
They look like balls of yarn. Often you can still see the yarn, they aren't very fuzzy. Not at all like the ones you can buy.
Also, I put half through the wash cycle twice. My husband would kill me. It was the long, super hot, 2 hours cycle. I had to do it while he was away at work! He hates it when I wash small loads, even if our washing machine is ultra efficient and uses very little water and energy. That's just him.
It cost me $20 for 100 balls (1cm and 2cm mix), plus about $5 shipping. I will have enough felted balls to last me quite a while I think!
I'd still like to hear from anyone who has tried the Wooly Fabulous pattern for making felt balls. Her etsy feedback is good. Maybe next time I will buy that pattern.
Verdict: Making felt balls isn't really worth it, and you just don't get the same effect.